How to make a Japanese garden?

Representing a miniature natural landscape, the Japanese garden is a very neat exterior filled with spiritual symbols.

Find out how to make a Japanese garden to travel from home!

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Winding alleys

Japanese gardens give pride of place to nature, their primary source of inspiration. No straight lines and geometric paths, here irregularity is the order of the day !

The alleys go around the massifs and form random curves. Thus, they bring a touch of mystery and encourage people to discover what the garden hides. Another golden rule: plants are always planted in odd numbers to avoid any kind of alignment.

Zen plants

The star of the Japanese garden is the Japanese maple. Its more or less webbed, cut, even frayed foliage is adorned with flamboyant colors in the fall. The leaves and stems are red, green, purple, golden yellow, or orange. A beautiful color chart that stands out against a green bamboo background.

Heather earth plants are also welcome. Rhododendrons, garden azaleas, magnolias and, Japanese camellias and camellias offer generous, colorful and bright flowers, contrasting with dark foliage. Do not forget the famous ornamental plum tree which is covered with pink or white flowers in spring!

A water source

Japanese gardens often have a water point. Its small swirls and jets decorate and have a soothing effect. Once again, we favor irregular contours, dressed in stones, in order to imitate a real natural basin. We add a small bamboo fountain and a little ’helxine if the pond is in the shade.

This moisture-loving ground cover resembles moss. Requiring very little maintenance, it follows the curves of the terrain. The large ponds deserve to welcome Koi carp, whose glowing undulations encourage contemplation. All that's missing isa pontoon to complete the picture!

Marry mineral and vegetable

The mineral is very present in Zen exteriors. It is found in the form of carefully raked gravel, filling the space. It also invites itself into the aisles, using Japanese steps, encouraging people to stroll and explore the garden. The stone also constitutes authentic terraces, composed of slabs with assumed roughness.

Pebbles are also used in fountains or stones to form a waterfall. Some exteriors play the 100% mineral card! The whole garden is mineral, except for one or two trees. This radical style has the advantage of not asking for maintenance.

Japanese decor

The decorative elements are full of symbols related to beliefs. The sculptures often represent Buddha, accompanied by small lanterns. They light up the aisles, but they were also considered as offerings to this same deity.

Hollow stones are filled with water and were used for drinking or washing hands. Sometimes low stools are installed in Japanese gardens. Dedicated to prayer, they are made of wood or stone. We do not hesitate to let the moss colonize this decor for an authentic and natural appearance.

Hide limits

In the Japanese garden, no view of the neighbors or the noisy road. It is difficult to distinguish the boundaries from the outside, because they are blurred by the plants. We start by installing a blackout fence before planting the beds. Made of wood, it goes well with the natural style of the garden, but a stone wall can also do the trick.

Then we plant to create a calm and intimate green setting. For this, think about bamboo, they have evergreen foliage and are tall. Choose non-tracing varieties or dwarf varieties to prevent them from invading the garden. Use evergreen shrubs that have a rounded habit like Nandina domestica. This shrub with green to red leaves is ideal at the bottom of a bed.

Video: Small Zen Garden Ideas (October 2021).