Japanese Garden Ideas for Your Outdoor Space
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Discover The Best Japanese garden ideas that will bring Zen to your outdoor space
We have loved Japanese gardens since 1910, when the Japanese-British exhibition brought eight million people to London to marvel at the miniature exhibition gardens of Mount Fujis and the glittering maples or maple trees.
In the ensuing craze for Japanese gardens, the English aristocracy sent rocks, trees, and entire buildings from the Far East to fill their acres with teahouses, ornamental bridges, and impeccably swept gravel. Over a hundred years later, Japanese gardens continue to captivate us and have never looked more contemporary. Often with a simple palette of tranquil greens, rocks, gravel, and water with winding paths and secluded spaces to sit quietly, they are places for calm and contemplation and an escape from the stresses of modern life.
Let it Breathe
In the West, we tend to fill our gardens with plants everywhere, but Japanese gardens see beauty in moderation. Definitely, less is more. For a simple Japanese garden idea, planting a single 'Sango-kaku' maple vase in the best of fall clothes, planted with Japanese forest grass, or placed in a gravel area gives you all the punch you need. Leave space around exemplary shrubs and trees to show their natural shape.
A backdrop of evergreen trees creates a peaceful atmosphere throughout the year. Skimmia, hebes, Japanese holly (Ilex crenata), yew, and Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Golf Ball' are ideal candidates and can be precisely cut to create strong shapes. Niwaki's hand tools are so beautiful, you'll be looking for something to cut the moment you unwrap them. Trees pruned by clouds show tree-shaped poodles, they are obstacles that take many years to train and are therefore expensive. Dwarf pines (Pinus sylvestris 'Watereri' and Pinus mugo, are much cheaper and can be very statuesque if you raise the crown by pruning the lower branches.
All the Greens
Bamboo creates an instant atmosphere against a fence, and the yellow and black stem varieties (Phyllostachys aurea and nigra) won't spread violently either. To cover the ground for planting under trees or shrubs, try curling Japanese emerald forest grass or, for a more formal look, Pachysandra terminalis.
For instant impact, planting hostas and ferns are great Japanese garden ideas for your own outdoor space. Hostas look lush if you can keep slugs away from them, and ferns, with their graceful unfurled leaves, are a must. The hard fern (Blechnum spicant), the common polypodia (Polypodium vulgare), and the dazzling silver Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum) will hit the right note.
Flashes of Color
Flowers, when they appear in Japanese gardens, are often transient and even more beautiful for that, with bursts of strong colors in contrast to greenish greens. Don't overdo it, just one or two flowering shrubs will do the job. It can be a cherry blossom or an azalea, camellia, or rhododendron (go to Rhododendron yakushimanum compact for smaller gardens) in bloom.
In the fall when the Japanese maple leaves change, expect the foliage fireworks from red to orange and buttery yellow. Particularly beautiful varieties include Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' and 'Sango-kaku', which add bright red stems to their repertoire of fiery fall leaves to make them look stunning even when the branches are bare.
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Source: DIY Gardens
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