Theme Garden Series – Japanese Gardens

 

Theme gardens provide the gardener with a focus  when creating and developing a landscape plan.  It allows the gardener to transform a blank slate into a desired garden style and create a certain atmosphere.  A garden theme guides the design process including the types of plants, garden accessories and structures used.  All of these elements are associated with the particular theme.

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Japanese gardens offer one type of theme garden that can be utilized to transform a landscape. You can incorporate as much Japanese influence as you like.  The amount of space that you have may dictate how much of your design theme that you are able to implement.  It is possible to have only a hint of Japanese influence in your garden or you can completely transform your entire landscape into a Japanese garden oasis.

 

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If you are interested in creating a Japanese garden or you just want to add a touch of Japanese influence, there are a few basic concepts to consider.  Japanese gardens mimic nature and so garden features should be natural.  Man-made structures are usually minimal in a Japanese garden.  Some typical structures that you might see include Japanese stone lanterns, a moon bridge, bamboo pavilion or teahouse, and deer chasers.

 

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Gardens are typically closed with a either a defined entrance or an exit and utilize smaller gardens within the landscape that create an element of mystery – the Japanese garden is not intended to be seen or viewed all at once.  For instance, a winding path can draw your interest down past a natural structure and entice you to further explore what lies around the bend.

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Limiting color or utilizing subtle colors is another characteristic of Japanese gardens.  This can be accomplished with different shades of green as well as different textures.  Conifers make a great choice as they vary in shade, texture and shape.  Symbolism is also found in Japanese gardens such as river rocks that mimic water, a streambed or islands, and raked gravel to represent flowing water.

The possibilities are endless!  Please call us at 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below and we can assist you with your landscape plans.

 

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