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Elements of Successful Japanese Garden Design

The focal point of this asian-inspired garden is a dry creek and pond.
The focal point of this asian-inspired garden is a dry creek and pond.

When you want to infuse your garden with a peaceful air of tranquility, it's only natural to consider the inherent beauty and serenity of a Japanese garden. World-wide, Japanese-style gardens are among the most revered for their design know-how which complements the natural surroundings of any setting.

Popular San Francisco landscaper, Paul Tamate, known for his Japanese style landscapes says:

"We find our inspiration in the serenity of Japanese and Asian gardens—the subtle interplay between shade and light, stone and plants, dense plantings and open space."

If you want to create an oasis on your landscape, consider the following tips for transforming your space into an elegant Japanese garden.

Garden Layout

When designing your garden, you will doubtlessly wish to consider the layout of your garden's elements. Many Japanese gardens reflect some interplay between plantings and open spaces. Moreover, some classic gardens like the Japanese tea garden feature a divided space--one that is filled with light while the other section is shaded. You may also wish to site a small structure such as an Asian-style pergola, a water feature, or even a bridge during the planning aspect of your garden. A landscape firm that specializes in Asian styles will be able to offer you many design ideas that will complement your landscape.

Stone Elements
Stone features can be important aspects of Japanese garden styles. In classical Asian gardens, they may represent the hard features of the earth like mountains. They also suggest balance with the soft features of the garden such as the plantings and water. You may incorporate stones like gravel, pebbles, and even large boulders into your garden's layout. In fact, a river of gravel makes for a fine Japanese feature for creating borders or paths. You can also add Japanese lanterns or stone basins to your garden design for added effect.

Water Features
A water feature provides a stunning focal point and is a superb element for a Japanese garden. A small pond filled with Koi will add considerable aesthetic appeal to your space. You may wish to create a rustic cascade in a hidden nook of your garden as a surprise feature. Small basins carved out of boulders also make fine Japanese features. Water helps create an air of serenity for the garden. You can enhance the tranquility of the space by incorporating a water feature into any area of your landscape.

When it comes to plantings, there are a myriad of Japanese botanicals that will thrive in various settings. You will want to choose plants for both shade areas and sunny sections of your space. While it's only natural to consider interesting blooms, be sure to add various shades of green and different textures to represent the various elements of the plant world. Green plants can also enhance the shady parts of tea gardens. Be sure to add climbing plants and vines in order to provide vertical interest for your Japanese garden; you can use these climbers to cover man-made elements like fences or rustic structures.

A Japanese garden will complement your space in many ways. You'll feel rejuvenated after you spend a serene morning or afternoon soaking up the tranquility of your atmosphere. Your garden will also complement your property with its inviting aura. You can find out more ideas for your garden by talking about your plans with a trusted landscaping service that specializes in Japanese garden design.

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