Author Archives: Asher Browne

Japanese Stone Water Basins

JAPANESE STONE WATER BASINS: A Great Focal Point for Your Garden The Stone Water Basin is an element found in many small gardens in Japan, including traditional tea gardens, residential entrance gardens, courtyard gardens, etc. It is a very versatile feature and can work as a focal point in a very small garden space, or […]

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How to Prune Weeping Japanese Maples

Weeping Japanese maples, Acer palmatum var. dissectum, can make wonderful specimen trees for certain landscape spaces, particularly where their delicate leaf and branch pattern can be appreciated from up close. Urban Japanese gardens, courtyard gardens, along an entrance path to a home, or near a patio are some examples. Pruning dissectum maples is similar to […]

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Small Japanese Gardens for Urban Environments

The challenge of creating an intimate garden in the urban environment is often daunting. Luckily, the Japanese garden tradition offers many solutions. The practice of turning any type of small urban space into an enchanting visual treat has been a common occurrence in the cities of Japan for centuries. Big keys to success are maximizing […]

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Japanese Tea Garden Plants: Aucuba

CONSIDER AUCUBA WHEN BUILDING YOUR JAPANESE-STYLE TEA GARDEN It is not possible or necessary to use all of the plants found in the gardens of Japan. Using Japanese plants does not make your garden a “Japanese Garden.” Rather, it is best to find locally available plants, match them to the site, and strategically place them […]

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Japanese Garden Trees: Star Magnolia

STAR MAGNOLIA IS A GOOD ORNAMENTAL TREE FOR YOUR NEW YORK OR NEW JERSEY JAPANESE GARDEN It is not possible or necessary to use all of the plants found in the gardens of Japan. Using Japanese plants does not make your garden a “Japanese Garden.” Rather, it is best to find locally available plants, match […]

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Japanese Garden Planting Techniques: O-Karikomi

O-KARIKOMI: A VALUABLE JAPANESE GARDEN TECHNIQUE A Japanese term, O-karikomi refers to a massed grouping of plants that form one shape, usually in a gently flowing way. Keep in mind this is a general term and may refer to groupings of the same or a variety of different tall shrubs, or a grouping of smaller […]

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Japanese Garden Plants: Pieris japonica

USING PIERIS IN YOUR JAPANESE GARDEN It is not possible or necessary to use all of the plants found in the gardens of Japan. Using Japanese plants does not make your garden a “Japanese Garden.” Rather, it is best to find locally available plants, match them to the site, and strategically place them in the […]

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Japanese Garden Planting Techniques: Tamamono

TAMAMONO: A VALUABLE JAPANESE GARDEN TECHNIQUE The literal meaning of Tamamono in Japanese is “round thing,” but as a garden term it refers to shrubs that are shaped in a semi-spherical way, like the azaleas shown in the photograph here. Tamamono are typically shaped with a set of shears and/or with hand-snips. Best results are […]

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Bamboo Fences in Japanese Gardens

JAPANESE GARDEN FENCES: YOTSUME-GAKI BAMBOO FENCE Whether used as the garden enclosure, a very important role and one of many choices, or a partition within the garden, bamboo fences offer a decorative enhancement to the garden. In Japan where bamboo and skilled craftsman are readily available, bamboo fences may make more sense. Bamboo also matches […]

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Japanese Garden Plants: Korean Boxwood

USING KOREAN BOXWOOD IN YOUR JAPANESE GARDEN It is not possible or necessary to use all of the plants found in the gardens of Japan. Using Japanese plants does not make your garden a “Japanese Garden.” Rather, it is best to find locally available plants, match them to the site, and strategically place them in […]

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