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Tips for Creating a Japanese Garden

Posted July 5th, 2016 by Robin Nichols in ,

If you’re looking for a place to unwind you might want to consider creating a Japanese garden. Here are few tips to get you started.

Make Use of Rocks

Rock gardens typically portray a scene with mountains and rivers. A rock garden utilizes different sizes of rocks and sands to create very detailed or relatively simple garden. Sand gravel is arranged to symbolize water, while rocks layered on sand symbolize mountains.Japanese Garden

Make Use of Moss

Moss thrives in Japan’s humid climate and doesn’t need much rain to flourish. This easily makes it a key component of Japanese gardens.

Invoke Zen

A Japanese garden should invite calmness and meditation. Whether that means creating a pond or a rock or a moss garden, the goal is to create elements tranquility.

Use Natural Colors

A true Japanese garden uses different shades of green and brown as the primary colors. Be selective when choosing the plants. The flowers shouldn’t be so colorful they are distracting; their role in the garden is to highlight the green which acts as the balancing color of the garden.

Less is More

These gardens are a testament to simplicity and purpose so keep the design simple and small in scale. Try to incorporate natural materials that are functional, ranging from bamboo tubes to small stone pathways. Do not incorporate a wide variety of plants, but instead stay with two or three to keep lines clean. This also makes the garden easier to maintain.

Learn About Design Philosophy

Understanding the history of Japanese gardens will help you understand the philosophy behind the materials chosen and the harmony of all the garden elements. You can still improvise but it helps to have a good foundation for the initial design.

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