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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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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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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 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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