Tag Archives: Japanese Garden Design

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 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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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 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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How to do a Japanese Gardening Internship in Japan

THE IMPORTANCE OF JAPANESE LANGUAGE SKILLS The beauty of Japanese gardens has inspired many people to study the tradition of Japanese Gardening. Reading up on the subject and visiting the gardens of Japan are typical ways that indivivuals get started with their study. But the necessesity of doing hands-on training should become obvious, and when […]

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