Japanese gardens are beautiful, peaceful, and can create a tranquil retreat. There are particular aspects of Japanese gardens that make them unique, including taking advantage of the natural landscape and avoiding using anything artificial in the garden’s design. You can make small changes to your Longmont, Superior, Broomfield property to emulate a traditional Japanese garden. If you don’t know where to start, a professional landscape contractor can provide design assistance, lawn care, and yard maintenance to keep your garden looking beautiful during every season.
Elements of a Japanese Garden
The concept of a Japanese garden is to create a private retreat to meditate and energize yourself. Although there are traditional elements to a Japanese garden, you may adapt your garden to reflect a harmonious, tranquil atmosphere with a few Western aspects to suit your preferences.
The garden should have a distinctive entrance in the form of a gate or an arbor, which may be created of bamboo or could be contemporary and created of stone or stucco. Create an element of mystery with a footpath that meanders through the garden and leads the eye to different areas with trees or plants that make you want to see what’s around the next turn.
Japanese evergreens in varying hues of green are soothing all year-round. Moss creates an excellent ground cover in moist areas, but use stepping stones along the path. A pavilion or teahouse placed in the center of the garden offers a place to reflect and experience the natural surroundings.
Stone lanterns secured on the top of a pavilion or at the entrance provide a warm glow in the evening. Use contrasting colors and textures in the garden to create interest. Subtle colors and bold textures are elements found in many Japanese gardens.
Creating a Japanese Garden
Different elements can be used to create Japanese gardens that are unique. You may choose a moss, rock, or pond garden; all reflect the culture of Japan. Your garden should be designed to be the most calming to you.
Moss gardens are meant to be comforting and can do well in most climates. Japan’s climate is humid and rainy, and moss thrives in such weather. However, the plant can live even during drought conditions. Rock gardens often incorporate rocks or stone, and sand raked into patterns to resemble water. Traditional pond gardens may feature stone lanterns and pavilions, footbridges, and paths that wind through the garden. One of the loveliest examples of a pond garden is the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden in Brooklyn, New York.
Steps To Follow
Creating your garden is easier if you decide on a theme such as Imperial, Shinto, or Zen and work around that theme. Some gardens are for sitting quietly and reflecting, while others are meant for walking.
Choose a place that allows for a lot of creativity and think about sculptural aspects you may want such as a pond with koi and goldfish or fountains, footpaths, bridges, fencing, pagodas or pavilions.
Create a design for your garden, choose the plants and trees and think about how they’ll look when they’re grouped together. If you prefer, a landscaper can design a plan for you.
Japanese Garden Design Ideas
Japanese design is influenced by the Asian people’s lifestyle and philosophy toward life. Japanese gardens provide contemporary homes with a soothing, tranquil atmosphere. Here are some design ideas to consider.
A variety of plants can be used to showcase your garden. To create a colorful focal point, plant a Japanese Maple to offer a contrast to the greenery. Shoji screens can be added to enclose the space.
Create an Oriental-type entrance to your garden with a bamboo gate for an element of style. Bamboo fencing can be used to enclose your garden for a private retreat. Installing a koi pond in your garden with trickling waterfalls and Japanese Blood Grass is a standout.
The sound of water bubbling over rocks has a soothing effect. Build a Japanese footbridge to use as a focus in an enclosed space. Japanese folklore states that evil spirits can only travel in a straight line, so many Japanese bridges and paths are created with a zigzag effect. Koi and goldfish may be trained to come to you at feeding time but may need to be in an indoor aquarium during the winter in cold climates.
Japanese gardens work well with different architectural styles, even modern homes. An enclosed garden can be a meeting of East and West with native plants and a Buddha statue. Even small yards can be transformed into charming Zen gardens.
Working with Small Areas
Create an exquisite garden in a compact area by planting lush greenery in a corner space. A traditional Japanese garden utilizes the natural landscape and elements such as rock and water to create a space of beauty and tranquility that energizes you. The appeal of the gardens comes through careful planning and design. Stone and water represent the yin-yang and must be balanced properly.
Professional Landscaping Services Keep Your Garden Beautiful
Most people aren’t familiar with what it takes to keep the plants and trees in a Japanese garden thriving and healthy. Yard maintenance and lawn care done by a professional landscaper will keep your garden looking beautiful. Fall landscaping maintenance is essential to prepare your garden for winter.
Don King Landscaping can save you time by taking care of your all your landscaping needs in the autumn, so your garden is ready for the winter months. Tranquility and balance are keys to a traditional Japanese garden. A professional landscape contractor that services Broomfield, Longmont, or Superior has the expertise to help you design the perfect garden for your home. Don King can plan and create a Japanese garden project for you if you prefer to have a professional landscaper handle the project for you.