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Water sources in Japanese gardens should appear as natural as possible and blend in with the surroundings. Riverbeds, streams, ponds and larger areas of water are common.
A pond for example has to be natural in shape – if you have a rectangular Koi pond then this would appear out of place in a Japanese garden landscape. Koi and Koi ponds is a very important section of certain types of Japanese gardens.
Fountains do not exists in Japanese gardens, waterfalls yes, but fountains no. They are man made and not ‘natural’ in appearance. Don’t get me wrong I am not ‘fountainist’ it’s just with Japanese gardens there are certain rules that have to be observed. If you really wanted a fountain in a Japanese garden, it’s not a heinous crime but your garden would not be wholly authentic!
Streams– nearly always man-made are a big part of Japanese gardening, they often are built with curves giving them a more natural appearance. The positioning of lanterns is more often than not by streams or ponds within a garden. This represents the female and the male elements of ‘water’ and ‘fire’.
This concept is known in Japanese tradition as YIN and YANG.
Dry water is also very common in Japanese gardens, and they are equally eye catching too.’Dry’ gardens are sometimes referred to as Japanese Rock Gardens but their real name is Karesansui.
Sand and gravel are the principle ingredients and depict ‘wet’ water within an often miniature landscape making this type of garden ideal for indoors and outdoors. Everybody finds water and water features soothing and de-stressing so why not learn how to have your own – simply, cheaply and effectively. You won’t regret it either I can assure you!
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David M Cobb is the world’s foremost photgrapher of Japanese gardens. It’s what he does and he’s very famous for it.
If you haven’t experienced David’s unique talent then take a look at this BLOG entry – he has been out and about photographing a Japanese garden in Spring – one of the most magical times of the year to do so. Enjoy!
Hear Our interview with David HERE
David’s images will hopefully inspire you to think about having your own Japanese garden in a small space! It’s a lot easier than you may think and our free book ’11 Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese’ will show you exactly how and give you lots of inspiration too!
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Thanks for visiting my Japanese garden blog and I hope that you can enjoy a few minutes looking through the treasure trove of Japanese garden information on here.
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Victor is a Japanese garden enthusiast but for health reasons is having to reassess his current situation.
He emailed us to inform us of his intention to probably sell his property. We will not publish his contact details but have them to hand for any interested parties. In Victor’s own words this is a ready made Japanese garden with mature trees ( all sourced from growers in Washington state) and is beautifully landscaped.
Take a look at some of the pictures that he sent us and get in touch if you would like to know more OR contact Victor.
Traditional pathways, a multitude of Japanese trees and shrubs and a Koi pond.
Here are a couple of pictures of Victor’s house:
Victor will be more than happy to tell interested parties more information.
Here’s is our Pinterest page and board for a stunning private Japanese garden in the UK, tucked away out of site but a garden that has taken 30 years to imagine and create – so many beautiful features that are so well thought out.
Take a look by CLICKING HERE
If you are thinking of making a Japanese garden then this garden would be a great one to get some ideas from!