Category Archives: Japanese Garden Design

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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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 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 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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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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Specimen Pine Trees in Japanese Gardens

HOW TO USE SPECIMEN PINES IN NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY JAPANESE GARDENS Japanese garden builders have planted pine trees for centuries. It is hard to beat the stunning beauty that skillfully pruned pines can add to a garden, and it may be tempting for Westerners to plant pines on their property in hopes of […]

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Azaleas in Japanese Gardens

HOW AZALEAS ARE USED IN JAPANESE GARDENS Even though people may think of their beautiful flowers, this is not the main reason azaleas are one of the most commonly-seen plants in Japanese gardens. When properly done, groups of azaleas can be sheared into large masses, or individual semi-spherical shapes, adding crisp, clean lines and a […]

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Japanese Gardens: A Source of Inspiration

Japanese gardens have been an immense source of inspiration for us, and Japan’s garden tradition a continuing educational resource. We have realized that Japanese gardening has a set of well-tested principles that are both universal and timeless. The value that these principles hold lies in the fact that they can be successfully applied anywhere and […]

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