Smaller phormiums can be used as a permanent planting in a container and other plants varied during the year. Red cyclamen could be replaced with miniature bulbs like snowdrops, scillas, or narcissi. In summer, use a darkly marked, scented pelargonium like 'Royal Oak', fiery nasturtiums, or cool white verbenas and silver-leaved plants. Keep the container dry over winter. A larger phormium, like 'Sundowner', needs equally impressive partners in a garden border. These could include cannas, tall variegated forms of Miscanthus sinensis , Tetrapanax papyrifer and dusky leaved dahlias like 'David Howard'.
Fatsia japonica , known as Fatsi or Japanese aralia (also occasionally as glossy-leaved paper plant, false castor oil plant, fig-leaf palm), is a shrub growing to 3–6 m tall. The leaves have 7-9 broad lobes, divided to half or two-thirds of the way to the base of the leaf; the lobes are edged with coarse, blunt teeth. It is native to southern Japan. The name "Fatsi" is older Japanese, meaning 'eight' (in present-day Japanese hachi ), referring to the eight lobes. In Japanese, it is called Yatsude meaning "eight hand". The name 'Japanese Aralia" is due to the genus formerly being classified within a broader interpretation of the related genus Aralia in the past (synonyms include Aralia japonica and Aralia sieboldii ). It is a popular garden shrub in areas where winters do not fall below about -15 °C.
Edible rice paper is used for making fresh summer rolls ( salad rolls ) or fried spring rolls in Vietnamese cuisine , where the rice paper is called bánh tráng or bánh đa nem . Ingredients of the food rice paper include white rice flour , tapioca flour , salt, and water. The tapioca powder makes the rice paper glutinous and smooth. It is usually sold dried in thin, crisp, translucent round sheets that are wrapped in cellophane. The sheets are dipped briefly in hot water to soften them, then wrapped around savoury or sweet ingredients.