7 Elements to Include in Your Japanese Garden

If you have recently visited Japan, and strolled through the Karakuen or Kairakuen Garden, you may suddenly feel the urge to recreate the breathtaking look and peaceful feel of these places. You can’t appreciate the beauty of Japanese gardens until you have been surrounded by one. Recreate this look in your backyard, and you will always have a tranquil place to quite your mind. Not to mention, you are sure to be the envy of all your friends and neighbors. Below are a few elements to include in your plan. Always create a scale plan on graph paper to make sure it is balanced.

  • .Bamboo – This renewable resource is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, and it is a staple in Japanese gardens. You can grow bamboo, but you can also use it to build your arbor and other elements.

  • Asian Statues – Asian-themed garden statuary can be used throughout the space. Buddha statues are probably what you think of first, but pagodas, koi fish, and temple dogs are great ideas, as well. Asian statues are perfect to place in your gardens and along walkways.

  • Water Elements – A Japanese garden absolutely has to have water elements. If you are prepared for the upkeep of a koi pond this is a great idea. You can also create a small stream through the property. Water fountains work, too, especially if you are looking for something a little less permanent and a lot less work.

  • Rock, Stones, and Boulders – A rock garden will be a nice addition, but you can also use rocks, stones, and boulders to create islands and mountains. They will represent unchanging parts of the world. Stepping stones can also be used to create winding paths throughout the garden.

  • Bonsai Trees – A Japanese garden is not complete without a few intricately manicured bonsai trees. These trees are high maintenance. If you are not experienced growing them, keep them in shallow pots instead of the ground. You will have an easier time controlling their growth and making sure their water and soil requirements are met.

  • Solar Lights – Eco-friendly lighting will highlight the beauty of your garden at night.

  • Foot Bridge – You don’t need a stream or pond to include a foot bridge in your plans. Use one as part of your walking path. You can even create a “stream” of stones to travel under the bridge.