How You Can Design a Japanese Garden in Your Backyard

Hopkin Joseph By Hopkin Joseph, 1st Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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According to some of the gardener websites, there are three basic designs of Japanese garden, which are Hill and Pond, Flat Gardens and Tea Gardens. You may want to know each type and how you can design with the one that you want.

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In order to set up your own Japanese garden for your backyard, do some research in order to plan out the design. According to some of the gardener websites, there are three basic designs of Japanese garden, which are Hill and Pond, Flat Gardens and Tea Gardens. If creating a spacious garden is what you desire, the Hill and Pond style will suits you the best. A lot of shrubbery plants and small ponds or waterfall is often created in this type of design. On the other hand, Flat Garden utilizes a lot of rocks, stones and sands to create a "dry" feature that somehow instill a Zen atmosphere. Tea Garden is related "informality", and built for holding tea ceremonies. From these three basic designs, you can choose which are the closest to your lay out, home ideas or themes, expenditure cost and the space of your backyard.

The Japanese garden components are made up of rocks, water, plants, ornaments and enclosure. Choose the rocks that go well with your garden design, and the sizes that will fit its purpose. Plan whether you are going to create a stream, a small pond or a waterfall. Fountain is not recommended in Japanese garden. Small plants or shrubs are frequently used in Japanese gardens. The distinctive style of the Bonsai plants creates such serene scenery. Plants that go well with Japanese gardens are willows, maples, pines, and cherries. However, it is not restricted to these plants only. You can put any other greens that you feel will suit the mood of the garden. Ornaments are usually made up of stone lanterns which are places near streams, or bridge to cross the stream that symbolizes a new passage. Another option is a water basin. Water basin can be a stone basin or a 'deer scare'. A 'deer scare' is a water basin paired with a bamboo spout that that clocks every time water flows out of it, and the spout moves back up to fill in another round of water. The click-clocking sound creates a tranquility and calm mental state. Bamboo fence is the most selected type of enclosure around, it shows a privacy feeling towards the garden. It also separates the garden from the outside world, in a way it marks a new voyage every time you enter your Japanese garden.

When the plan is ready and you have chosen the design you want, start collecting your gardening tools and shovel to clear out your backyard. Purchase all the materials needed to build the garden, from the rocks until then fences, based on your design option. Get some lists of quotation before making purchases to allow smart expenditure. When all materials are ready, the first step to prepare the stream or ponds. Lay out rocks, creates natural dents like a real stream, or just go round form with the pond. Fill it up with water or sand (if you are opting for a dry garden). Then start laying out stones as pathway near the stream or pond, bridge across the stream if you like, and lanterns near the side of the stream or pond to light up your way. When water and rocks are set up, start placing the shrubs to fill up the garden. Remember if you choose the Flat (dry) Garden, large plants are not necessary since shrubs and mosses are the equivalents to the greeneries. Place the willows near the stream, and small shrubs and bonsai plants according to your design plan. Remember to also use the plants that you like, not necessarily Japanese oriented plants. Finally, build the bamboo enclosure to create your boundary and privacy to a new journey into tranquility and harmony of the Japanese garden.


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I am a retired engineer of a Nationwide Engineering Company. I love reading during my spare time and traveling to anywhere to widen my view.

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