Ideas to create your own Japanese Garden; A Japanese garden is a beautiful addition to any yard or home. Here are tips to create your own!
If you're looking for a new way to bring the beauty of nature into your home, try creating your own Japanese garden! With a little bit of patience and some basic gardening tools, you can grow beautiful plants and flowers that will bring peace and tranquility to any space.
Japanese fashion and design are ever the rage, but have you ever considered bringing Japanese features into your garden? Well, you wouldn’t be the first! According to the Embassy of Japan in the UK, our infatuation with the Japanese garden style has been around since the late 1800s. But how can you create your own Japanese garden?
How to Create Your Own Japanese Garden:
Steppingstones are a big feature of Japanese garden design. To bring this into your garden, forget large paving slabs connected with mortar, and instead invest in smaller flags that have lawn grass or gravel in between them. Make sure to lay the flags as flat as possible if you’re using grass, as otherwise mowing the lawn between could prove difficult.
Bonsai trees are emblematic of Japanese horticulture, and while we’re not advocating buying a million-dollar Bonsai, an outdoor tree can be a great addition to your garden. Just make sure to keep it in a small pot and bring it indoors when there’s particularly extreme weather on the horizon.
Shishi-odoshi (water fountain)
Translating to English as ‘deer-frightening’, traditional Shishi-odoshi water fountains comprise a bamboo rocking receptacle that’s slowly filled up by a fountain, before it empties its contents into a pool, then is filled up again. The metronome-like sounds and movement can be incredibly therapeutic.
It is essential that you secure your garden with a good quality fence backed with tough door latches. That’s because your Zen area needs to be a quiet and private space, and in Japanese gardens, there can be several movable features, such as Bonsai trees, lamps, and stones, which could be a target for thieves.
Stone lantern ornaments
A great idea if you like spending time in your garden at night, pagoda-style lanterns are a great way to add in light and shadow to your yard while keeping the Japanese aesthetic. Place on gravel or stone to gain the best look.
There’s nothing more Japanese than a stretch of thin gravel, raked into soft, undulating waves. Whether you add in a small gravel section or choose to forgo grass entirely, it’s important you use a solid base sheet and keep it on top of weeds – stark white gravel is a must!
Water features are a big part of Japanese gardens, and if you have enough free time to deal with the upkeep throughout the year, a pond can be the perfect centrepiece. Keep your pond relatively shallow and make sure it’s topped up with freshly oxygenated water so that you can keep a school of beautiful and vibrant Koi Carp beneath the depths!
Japanese gardens are a great way to bring the tranquility of Japanese culture into your own home. Do you like the Japanese garden style? What features have you got in your back garden? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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