japanese acers

Creating A Japanese Garden In a Small Yard

Posted on

‘The Japanese Garden Club’ is the perfect companion for people wanting to create a Japanese garden in a small yard or space.

CLICK HERE to find out about the inspirational contnt that members have benefitted from in December and January. A start to finish Japanese garden video.

 And interview packed with great help and tips, Japanese Maples – everything you need to know about these popular ingredients in a Japanese garden AND Bridges in Japanese gardens – they can be large or very small to suit all sized spaces.

‘The Japanese Garden Club’ is packed with information to help you with your Japanese garden ideas and dreams and it’s all in ONE place!




A Bonsai and Bamboo Garden In Norway

Posted on Updated on

A recent trip to Norway provided me with the chance to visit perhaps the most northerly tropical garden area in Europe.

Just off the coast of Stavanger is a truly remarkable garden, that you MUST visit should you ever be in the area. The garden spreads out over 20 acres and features a bonsai and bamboo garden area complete with rocks, ponds, waterfalls and a lot more.


I have put together a series of photgraphs from my visit on Pinterest and you can see the photographs by CLICKING HERE.

Look closely at the spacing of the elements – less is more in a Japanese garden and the use of shrubs, plants, trees and rocks very sparingly merely adds to the viewing pleasure and can give you some really good ideas for your own Japanese garden space at home.

This Norwegian Japanese garden oasis has everything in it  – Koi, water features, bamboo, Acers / Maples, rock formations, Bonsai, beautifully chosen and positioned low level shrubs. A very important Japanese garden in Europe and it was a pleasure to visit.

Simplicity and balance is the key for a relaxing and eye catching beautiful Japanese garden! You can get some really good ideas for designing and creating a Japanese garden from my latest book on the subject. It is FREE and called ’11 Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese’ CLICK HERE to claim your complimentary copy.

5 Japanese Garden Designs To Inspire You And Make Life A Lot Easier

Posted on Updated on


Thanks for visiitng my Japanese gardens website. There is an awful lot of information on this site about what Japanese gardens are , tips and information for designing them for your special space at home or in the workplace. Great images and video so please make all the use of the information!

Alison Rosenbrock is one of the world’s top Japanese garden designers and she has put together the PERFECT tool to help you – 5 stunning Japanese garden designs. Watch her video message to you just Click Here!

This is a great solution to a common Japanese garden dilemma from Alison…this is what she says and it makes sense!
“There is no quick fix or luck involved in a professional looking Japanese garden. It’s all in the “know how” .

Why is it difficult? Other sources including magazines and the internet do contain valuable information, but not in an easy to use way. You have to sift through tons of material to get a design that suits you, your budget and your yard. No wonder landscaping seems so hard!

It is especially difficult to end up with complete and perfect Oriental and Japanese garden designs. A further complication is having the insider tips on installing a Japanese garden that doesn’t violate the intricate Oriental symbolism. The truth is, you are left with more headaches than answers.

The Faster & Easier Way To Landscaping!

Well, luckily for you, these problems are a thing of the past because I have designed and installed gardens in North America, Europe and Africa. This hard earned experience has helped me put together this amazing Japanese Garden package with a clear, detailed, step-by-step system that doesn’t leave anything to chance”
CLICK HERE For Alisons Free Video

Japanese Gardens – Helpful Information If You Want To Build Or Create One

Posted on Updated on


Thanks for visiting my Japanese garden blog. It has been running for quite a few years now and I am always delighted to hear your thoughts and views.

I have another Japanese garden website – that I set up to give people ideas, hints and hopefully inspiration if they were think of making a Japanese garden in their yard or space.

If that is what you plan to do then take a look at some recent articles and information that I have written about just click on the links below to discover fascinating Japanese garden information:

The choices you have for making a Japanese garden CLICK HERE

Why ‘balance’ is SO important in a Japanese garden CLICK HERE

Pruning in a Japanese garden CLICK HERE

Stones and Buddha’s in a Japanese garden CLICK HERE

Also, check out these DVD’s on Japanese gardens- I have scoured the internet and these three that are on amazon really hit the spot for beauty, tranquility and inspiration…worth a look CLICK HERE

Enjoy your weekend and any questions please ask.


Our Other Websites For Your Information

Posted on

This blog about Japanese gardens is the biggest online today – thank you so much for visiting. There is much information here for you and its all FREE.

We have had a Japanese garden design site for quite a while and if that interests you please take a look CLICK HERE  – its called makingajapanesegarden.com

plus we have a website where we have our manual on Japanese and Zen gardens – CLICK HERE  to visit it.

It is in plain English and ideal if you are just wanting to know about Japanese gardens right the way through to their history, design, the types there are, what to put in them and a whole lot more!

PLUS – I have been working on a new project The Japanese Garden Club – that is not ready yet but when it is it will bring all of these websites together for one great big Japanese garden information centre with design maps, video’s, articles, pictures, a forum, free E books etc etc.

So please keep coming back as I will post news of the Club’s opening in due course but it is a lot of work to get it right before I open it, so to speak online. I am very excited about it and hopefully when I can tell you more you will be too.

Have a great day.


o visit it – it is in plain English and ideal if you are just wanting to know about Japanese gardens right the way through to their history, design, the types there are, what to put in them and a whole lot more!

Japanese Maples -The Dwarf Acers

Posted on Updated on

If you have ever been to a Japanese garden you cannot failed to have noticed Acers -Maples. Stunning colours particularly in autumn. So if you are keen to upgrade your garden or are planning on making a Japanese garden here is some really good straight down the line advice from an expert that I have recently discovered. Maples and Acers are something that I explain in my Japanese gardens resource manuaI that you can find out more about at this website : http://www.japzengardens.org .

Anyway , here is the information I promised from James Kilkenny a very respected garden designer from Ireland.Here’s what he has to tell you:

I have been known to rant on about how people should try to include more native plants within their garden. However, I would never dissuade someone from including a Japanese maple within his or her garden; on the contrary, I would heartily recommend it.

History and colour

The image of a Japanese maple in full leaf brings to my mind images of oriental calmness, still water and moss covered mountains. This elegant plant is a distinct part of the culture and consciousness of its native Japan through its use in both horticulture and art. In the year 1800, over 200 varieties of this plant were noted in Japan, this figure grew over the next 100 years, only to have those numbers knocked back again to 200 by the maelstrom of the second world war. Japanese maples also known as Acer palmatum or Acer japonicum are diminutive in stature compared to other trees. Heights range from 1 metre to 7 metres, leading many gardeners to class them as large shrubs rather than small trees. Words cannot do justice to the colour displayed by a Japanese maple; it must be seen to be believed. An Acer owner will experience fiery new spring growth, calm summer foliage and even fierier autumn chilled leaves.

Palmate or Dissectum

There are two main groups of Japanese maple. The “Palmate” group has a reasonably upright growth habit with layered branches and leaves that are made up of five to nine lobes. The “Dissectum” group rightly lives up to its name with its lobed leaves dissected, feathered and lace-like. I feel that the maples in the “Dissectum” group look particularly well if planted close by an informal water feature due mainly to their weeping, cascading form.

How to grow a dwarf acer

Japanese maples do well if planted in an east facing aspect, allowing it access to the morning sun and protecting it from the mid-day sun. Shelter from winds and a moist but free draining soil are also important cultivation requirements. A 7cm layer of bark mulch applied to the plants base will help prevent the plant drying out. To enable good growth you must feed your little piece of the orient, apply a liquid fertiliser in mid-spring and again in mid-summer at half strength. As these Acers are shallow rooted, they are ideal for planting amongst other shrubs with no check to growth. For a delightful oriental scene, try planting Acer palmatum with rhododendrons, azalea, bamboo and birch.

Specimens for container growing

Two beautiful specimen maples whose leaves are opening out within garden centres now are “Orange Dream” and “Beni-Maiko”. “Orange Dream” is worth mentioning due to its fresh yellow/green lobed leaves. The young growing tips have an orange glow, providing an attractive contrast. “Beni-Maiko” on the other hand produces lovely pink foliage in spring turning to dark red in summer. Both of these Acers grow to around 1 metre tall, an ideal size for container growing. If you choose to grow a Japanese maple in a container, try to select one that is sympathetic to the plants heritage, a glazed oriental style pot would be ideal.

James Kilkelly runs a professional garden design service in Galway, Ireland. He has a regular gardening column in an Irish regional newspaper. Visit his website at http://www.gardenplansireland.com/ He also regularly posts his expert advice to a gardening community at http://www.gardenstew.com.

Article location: Japanese Maples, the Dwarf Acers

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=James_Kilkelly

For more information on making a Japanese garden and design tips go to our new website thta concentrates purely on that aspect of Japanese gardens you can see it at :  www.makingajapanesegarden.com

Have a good day.