If you have a shady area of your garden and want a dynamic leaf form, then I thoroughly recommend this plant to you. It is beautiful, elegant and strong in form. When planted towards the back of the border it gives structure and with its deep green palmate leaves provides a dramatic backdrop for other planting to work against.

BUT to be treasured in its own right and can very successfully be planted by itself. Putting on its white seed heads in autumn for the winter show of black seeds is quite stunning and I think a ‘must have’ for the autumn / winter garden!

Botanical name: Fatsia japonica
Other names: Japanese aralia, Glossy-leaved paper plant, Castor oil plant, Fatsi, Fig-leaf palm
Genus: Fatsia
Species: F. japonica – F. japonica is a medium, spreading evergreen shrub with palmate leaves, clusters of small white flowers and small, black fruit.
Fatsia japonica is: Evergreen
Flower: Insignificant or absent, White in Autumn
Foliage: Dark-green in All seasons
Fruit: Black in Winter
Habit: Open stems, Spreading
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

If you would like to talk with me about a new planting scheme for your garden or a bespoke Dingly Dell, please do feel free to get in touch, my email is judi@judithegardener.co.uk. For gardening development and maintenance enquiries (North-East London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Enfield) please telephone 07818 005773.

Happy gardening!