Encompassing more than 3,000 islands, Japan is an ecologically diverse country that contains deep rich forests, snow capped mountain ranges and temperate coastal regions. Japan contains a number of unique flowering plant species, and a great many of Japan's flowers can be grown in temperate gardens all over the world.
Native to Japan and Eastern Asia, Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is naturalized in many warm climates throughout the world. The woody vine is an extremely aggressive grower and requires little to no care. The plant produces lantern shaped flowers that are a crisp shade of white tinged with golden yellowing, earning the plant its other name: gold and silver flower. Japanese honeysuckle will bring wildlife to the yard, attracting song birds, humming birds, bees and white tail deer. The vine will grow in almost any conditions: full sun to full shade, in dry or wet soils.
Native to Japan and parts of Eastern Asia, Japanese quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) is an unremarkable looking deciduous shrub that bursts into bloom in late winter or early spring, putting on a beautiful show of delicate blooms in shades of white and pink. The shrub reaches an average height of between 5 and 10 feet, and care should be used around the plant's thorny branches. Japanese quince is fairly hardy, growing well in full sun or partial shade with slightly heavy soils.
Leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum) is a distinct looking plant that boasts large, lily pad shaped leaves that have a smooth, waxy texture. In the fall, the plant produces yellow, daisy like flowers that rise above the green foliage. Native to Japan, Korea and Taiwan, leopard plant grows naturally in rocky soils. Often used as a border plant, leopard plant should be grown in a partially shady location in soil that is humus rich, moist and well drained.