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Acer palmatum is a small tree with hundreds of cultivars, but this one is popular for its magenta pink stems and bright green leaves with pink tints. This unusual Japanese fern looks good when planted near rocks or under a tree canopy. Its grey-blue divided leaves are long and leathery, and while not truly evergreen, they last long into the winter.
It likes a lot of organic matter in the soil, so dig some in before planting and add mulch around its base in the winter. Japanese forest grass has mounds of arching stems tipped with bright yellowy-green, slightly variegated leaves that turn slightly red in autumn. This cultivar is low growing to 40cm and looks fantastic allowed to spill over the sides of a large pot. Giving its best lemony colour in moist soils in full sun or partial shade, it grows slowly but is worth the effort. It also looks good in a gravel or pebble garden.
A superb contrast plant, its black foliage, low-growing and slowly spreading habit create a foil for other brightly coloured plants. Small purple flowers are followed by black berries. It does best in moist soils in full sun but will also tolerate some shade. It is also possible to buy green mondo grass, Ophiopogon japonicus , which has the same form but with dark green leaves. Perhaps surprisingly, a lot of lilies are native to woodland areas in Asia, where they grow in sunny clearings or in dappled shade. Studies in conservation of natural terrestrial ecosystems in Japan: Part I Vegetation and its Conservation.
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Nature conservation in Japan: the 3rd Edition. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is introducing a series of forest bathing events across the country this summer. Forestry England, which manages public woodland, has endorsed the practice as a way of regaining balance and escaping the pressures of everyday life.
Shinrin-yoku was developed in the s in Japan. A chemical released by trees and plants, called phytoncides, was found to boost the immune system.
People spend their lives increasingly indoors, he said. You are going to be walking aimlessly and slowly. Let your body be your guide. Listen to where it wants to take you.
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Follow your nose. And take your time. You are not going anywhere. You are savouring the sounds, smells and sights of nature and letting the forest in.