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Japanese Garden Designs
Throughout this website you will find useful information, links to products and lots of ideas which could compliment a Japanese garden, patio or yard. In addition to ideas and tips on how to grow garden plants, flowers and your own vegetables, there's information on furniture and accessories, different types of design and lots of pictures (which you may be able to use for inspiration!). This article provides an overview of some of the design elements (water, rocks, structures, devices, plants) that are used to create relaxing tea gardens and small spaces perfect for meditation. Alternatively, our Index page provides links to details on garden chairs, tables, seats, benches, covers, umbrellas, lighting, water features and much, much more!
Japanese Landscape Garden
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Japanese gardens can often look highly abstract and like miniature versions of larger landscapes and this is exactly what they should look like. They represent a work of art inspired by natural landscapes. There are lots of different styles and designs for Japanese gardens, and each one has a purpose. Examples include simple, tea house gardens called ‘roji’, small courtyard gardens like the picture above called ‘tsubo-niwa’, those designed for peace and meditation called ‘nihon teien’ and also landscapes created specifically to take the visitor on a journey of winding paths that show numerous focal points, called ‘kaiyū-shiki-teien’.
Japanese Water Garden
You will find water included in many Japanese gardens, and if it isn’t present it will be replaced by white sand (abstract). Ponds and connecting streams are purposely placed in positions that will take any flowing water from one direction to another, depicting certain good fortune. Water from east to west as it is believed to remove evil and water from north to south to bring good luck. Both beliefs are to do with Buddhist geomancy and cosmology. Water often reflects miniature versions of famous large lakes, islands within the lakes and mountains with waterfalls cascading down.
Japanese Rock Garden
Rock, gravel and sand are used in many Japanese garden designs too and they both can reflect many different parts of nature. These elements can be used as an opposite to the soft landscaping of water - a ‘yin’ and a ‘yang’. Rocks are usually organised in arrangements of 2,3,5 or 7 with 3 being the most popular, however they can also be sporadically placed with a purpose. When used in an arrangement of 3, the tallest of rocks can represent heaven; the lowest earth and the medium rock, humanity. Jagged rough volcanic rocks can represent mountains and smooth round rocks are often used as stepping stones. Sands and gravels could also be used to reflect purity in certain Japanese gardens.
Japanese Garden Structures
Structures within a Japanese garden are often designed to be as one with the garden, therefore incorporating decking, curved bridges, railings and benches within the contours of the garden. Tea houses will be placed amongst the garden with purposely positioned views from open windows and verandas. Not everything is made from decking wood however and nor is it is curved - bridges are often designed with stone and logs and both can be flat. Structures are often painted the same colours too to tie and connect everything like a theme (such as with red paint).
Japanese Garden Devices
Many Japanese gardens also use devices within their design and many are functional as well as for aesthetics. Bamboo is often used to carry water from one place to another (water basins for drinking or washing hands) whilst looking very natural and you will also see it used in a ‘shishiodoshi’ device (similar function to the seesaw). This is where a bamboo pipe fills with water, making one end topple over and bang against a rock, scaring away any birds. The water empties and the bamboo pipes returns to be filled with water again. Lanterns are also used alongside pathways to light up paths and to illuminate focal points.
Japanese Garden Plants
There are lots of different plants, trees and flowers that can be used in a Japanese garden. The positioning of these plants in design will always have a purpose - either to create a scene, a backdrop to a feature or to block an unwanted view. Both trees and flowers are chosen for their colour and foliage at certain times of year, for topiary and trimming into circular and winding shapes, and for religious symbolism. Some of the more popular plants and trees used in Japanese gardens include the cherry, cypress, willow, cedar and azalea.
Gardens with Japanese Design
Thousands of people search to find information about a Japanese Garden. We hope this article will give you ideas if you are planning to build your own piece of paradise in your backyard! This website is a useful guide to many garden related subjects - all of which can be accessed through our index page. Find products, accessories and designs that will compliment your Japanese Garden. Both men and women, young and old, love to create their own patios and Japanese gardens, grow their own plants and have a place to enjoy, relax and entertain friends. We hope you have found some inspiring info to help you along the way!
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