Category Archives: Plants in Japanese Gardens

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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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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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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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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