Japanese garden shrubs
Making a Japanese style garden is the dream of many people but is often viewed as too difficult and intricate.
Japanese gardens are reflections of life and come in many forms with vastly differing features. For example some use water, some are flat, some are hilly, others are for walking around and viewing whilst those with a ‘Zen’ feel are hugely popular.
First up, you need to decide what sort of Japanese style garden you would be interested in having at your home then depending on the size of space that you have pick a ‘Theme’ and the ingredients to match.
So, for example if you wanted a gravel and rock garden (sometimes referred to as a Zen garden) and only have a limited amount of space then you would choose smaller gravel and stones to represent islands in a ‘Sea’ of gravel – the gravel symbolises water.
Here is an example for you:
This Japanese garden is beautifully designed. It has the gravel which is raked but contained within a square edge symbolising the sea. The gravel is raked around the stones – they symbolise islands – showing the movement of the water.
Around the edge are a whole host of low level shrubs looking like dwarf forests.
This sort of garden takes a little effort but is not that difficult to do.
Everything has to be in some form of proportion. This garden is a landscape so the stones have to be the right size to give the right aesthetic effect.
It is best with this type of garden to draw a plan and get a real feel as to how it will look.
Something like this, one I did for a small Zen style garden at my home.
It doesn’t matter if you change your final garden from an original plan, it’s important to jot down some ideas and get a feel for how your Japanese garden will look. By knowing the dimensions you will be able to work out how much gravel you will need and how many shrubs or trees you will require to make your design come to life.
Here’s an example of a full plan I drew up for my entire Japanese garden area including my gravel and stone garden.
As you can see the gravel garden is on the far left and a ‘Dry’ water river which is made of stone laid in the right way to show the flow of the river goes up a slight slope to another raised rock garden.
By planning out your Japanese garden it will give you reassurance on your vision and help you see whether what you are planning is feasible or too ambitious or maybe not ambitious enough.
‘Zen’ style gardens are the easiest to create BUT only if you get all the ingredients in direct proportion otherwise it will look out of kilter.
Here is the gravel area ( the Sea) when we dug it out, edged it with granite slabs and laid an anti weed cover.
And here it is from above – if you refer back to the full garden plan above – the hill with the dry river is to the right of the gravel/ sand area meandering ( like a river) through the trees and shrubs.
I did change the sand to bigger gravel as in certain damper climates sand is very difficult to keep pristine and rake in the correct way. Below is a picture of the rocks that I used and the gravel I chose.
The gravel is 10mm in size and to fill this space to a depth of 5 centimetres took around 20 bags. Always buy some spare for repairs and replacement.
You may not be interested in a rock garden and have a dream of a more complicated Japanese garden. Japanese gardens are at one with nature and should always be created to look good in any season.
Trees, plants and shrubs need to be chose carefully. An understanding of a little of the history of Japanese gardens is preferable and well worth spending some time finding out about them.
You have a lot of ingredients to play with – Stones, Rocks, Shrubs, Trees like Azaleas, colourful plants like Camelias, Hosta’s, Bridges,Boundaries, Stone pathways, Stepping stones, Tea house,Bamboo, Lanterns and Ornaments the list goes on.
To make your dream of having a Japanese garden a reality you can seek professional help ( Expensive) or you can rise to the challenge of doing it yourself using your imagination and design skills. The thrill of completing a Japanese garden is memorable and it will last you a lifetime.
Start small and add areas to it as you become more confident and experienced. When you look out of a window and see your garden and the admiring looks it gets from friends and family you will fully appreciate how worthwhile a thing it was to do. A calm stress free haven where you live to relax and enjoy.
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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.
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Traditional pathways, a multitude of Japanese trees and shrubs and a Koi pond.
Here are a couple of pictures of Victor’s house:
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When making a Japanese garden you will have to decide what types of shrubs, plants and trees that you would like and very importantly find out whether they are suited to the climate where you live.
Maples for example are a staple of most types of Japanese gardens and there are types that can survive in even the coldest temperatures.
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