Nepenthes bicalcarata, a distinctively 'fanged' pitcher plant from Borneo, has a mutually beneficial relationship with ants living inside its tendrils.
A staple food crop in its native Ethiopia, the Ethiopian banana is also a popular ornamental giving gardens a lush tropical effect with its large decorative leaves and striking purple midrib.
Pineapple lily is a summer-flowering, bulbous perennial with an impressive, long-lasting display of star-shaped flowers.
One of China and Japan's most popular plants, mume blossoms have long been a favourite subject in traditional East Asian art and poetry.
Extinct in the wild, Tulipa sprengeri is a late-flowering, bright-red tulip with small flowers and shiny green leaves.
Snow trillium is one of the earliest alpine plants to bloom in spring and often flowers as the snow melts around it.
Thunberg fritillary is widely cultivated and has been grown commercially as a medicine in China for 700 years.
Although native to China, it was commercialisation of this climber in New Zealand (and clever marketing under the name kiwi fruit) that made it the popular and widespread fruit it is today.
Weeping forsythia is an elegant, hardy shrub, which is a welcome sight in spring, thanks to its abundance of bright golden-yellow flowers on bare branches.
This species includes a wide variety of peppers, including chilli peppers used in curries and sweet bell peppers used in salads.