Fatsia japonica is a medium-sized evergreen shrub which grows to about 2.5m. It looks rather exotic with its large glossy tropical looking leaves to 45cm. It prefers a shaded position and will not thrive in full sun. Small white flowers appear in globose clusters in late Autumn, followed by fruits small and black.
They are not fussy about soil conditions at all and will grow in all but the most extreme situations. In general an established Fatsia japonica is hardy down to -10°C / 14°F so should survive winter well in most parts of the UK.