Note: For the next days, I’ll post some garden pictures I took in the weeks before the earthquake. These are images from the end of winter.
Spiraea cantoniensis (コデマリ or kodemari in Japanese) makes lovely snow blossoms in winter. I like how it looks equally good as a rambling, woody bush, or as a small balcony plant.
Although this species is most diverse in East Asia, according to Wikipedia, Native Americans have used it as an aspirin-like medicine.