Category Archives: Japanese Garden Principles

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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Stepping Stones in Japanese Gardens

HOW TO USE STEPPING STONES IN A JAPANESE GARDEN Stepping stones are a fairly common in Japanese gardens, and one feature that can be successfully used in gardens outside of Japan. There are a couple of guidelines when incorporating stepping stones into the landscape plan. Stepping stones are not well-suited to primary walkways because of […]

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Japanese Garden Design Principle Number Three

AN IMPORTANT TIP FROM YOUR NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY JAPANESE GARDEN DESIGNER The first tip is to build the garden to be viewed from inside the house. The second tip is to enclose the garden to create a sense of intimacy. The third tip is to USE HIGH-QUALITY STONE MATERIALS LIKE NATURAL BOULDERS. It isn’t […]

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Japanese Garden Design Principle Number Two

AN IMPORTANT TIP FROM YOUR NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY JAPANESE GARDEN DESIGNER For a Japanese garden to be successful, it needs to be close the house, and it has to be viewed through large windows or sliding glass doors. The second important principle is to ENCLOSE THE GARDEN. An enclosed garden, viewed from the […]

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Japanese Garden Design Principle Number One

AN IMPORTANT TIP FROM YOUR NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY JAPANESE GARDEN DESIGNER The most important Japanese garden design principle is incredibly straightforward, yet often ignored outside of Japan. Everything else works off of this concept, which is, believe it or not, DESIGN THE GARDEN TO BE PRIMARILY VIEWED FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE. Think about […]

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