This design is unique and characterised by overbearing color and plants that typically do not parallel the design of more modern homes and architecture. The style is very traditional and rooted (literally and figuratively) in culture and history. It is a beautiful style, but it does require significant space, and thus many people dedicate a good portion, if not all of their backyard or land space, to this style. The style is relaxing and serene, and this may explain its increasing popularity in different countries across the world.
The characteristics and ways in which you can create a Japanese Garden style landscape include:
- First Impressions; Try a bamboo fence or an archway to the entrance of your yard or garden. There are many reasons for this. Firstly, a physical barrier is created between your space and the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world offering a real relaxing and pure space. Secondly, this will keep critters out, a more practical purpose. Thirdly, the aesthetic will create a real Japanese vibe and feel to your space.
- Leave something to the imagination; create spaces where not everything can be viewed at once. This means narrow pathways, lush green trees, and various vignettes that create a fun and mysterious element.
- Different Shades of Green; Try using evergreen as a contrast to the lighter vines and plants in your space. These subtle color differences are very common in Japanese gardens and spaces.
- More Moss; many people don’t love the look of moss in their gardens, but in this particular style, it is both accepted and encouraged. Moss creates a soft and textured look
- Incorporate Water; using ponds, you help create a more Japanese feel as you add elements of reflection and calm. Streams, small ponds and other water features are common in this type of garden.