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Japanese Landscaping

Without doubt, one of the most beautiful, calming, and soothing types of garden are with Japanese landscaping

With a long, rich history, the Japanese garden is designed to bring a person to a place internally of peace and harmony. Using a variety of Japanese garden plants, benches, waterfalls, fountains, bridges, bamboo, statues, and other elements, the results would be amazing.

Japanese Garden Photos

Since there are different types of Japanese landscaping, it is important to start with determining the exact concept you want to achieve. For this, we strongly recommend that you look at various Japanese garden photos, which can be found online or in books on Japanese landscaping. Of course, the space available for the garden would be one consideration on final choice, along with budget and time for maintenance.

For instance, some people will find Japanese garden photos on the dry style of garden, which consists of sand and rocks. The concept of such a garden is that the sand is raked in wavy or circular designs that represent the rippling waves of water. While not everyone is into the dry design, it does have a direct link to people who respect Buddhism or Zen. Often, a dry Japanese garden is incorporated in homes that use Feng Shui.

Japanese Garden Plants

Another option for Japanese landscaping is by using a variety of Japanese garden plants. This is by far the most beautiful, which includes a garden with a winding pathway, a stream or pond of water, a bench where you can sit down and relax, and beautiful, authentic garden plants. While many types of Japanese garden plants can now be found at local gardening centers, it may be necessary to order some online. The following are some of the most popular plant options.

• Bamboo
• Moss
• Japanese maple
• Japanese black pine
• Cherry blossom

Of course, you will also notice in most of the Japanese garden photos that water is a very important element with Japanese landscaping, which symbolizes purity. The concept here is to create a natural flow. Then, Japanese gardens also have lanterns, which are commonly placed near the body of water, whether a stream or pond. The stone lanterns in Japanese culture represent water elements of male and female, which are fire and water or “ying and yang.”

It is common to see natural fences or gates used in Japanese landscaping, which can be used for accent or to create a secluded place within the garden itself. When creating a Japanese garden, asymmetry is vital, meaning there are no straight rows or lines. Instead, Japanese landscaping winds and flows. Finally, flowers and plants that have color can also be added but they should be more sparingly.