3 Books We Recommend For Making A Japanese Garden

 

Making a Japanese garden is not as complicated as you may think IF you have the basic knowledge. We are often asked to recommend HELPFUL and HIGH QUALITY books that make the art of Japanese gardening simpler to understand and apply to your Japanese garden space at home – even if you haven’t started yet and your little piece of the Orient is still a dream!

Here are 3 books that we thoroughly recommend to you …take a look!

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Serene Gardens

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All 3 books provide invaluable information for anyone who wants to make a Japanese garden and some go into more detail than others. This means you can design a Japanese garden as authentically as you wish or just keep things simple and have a less complicated Japanese garden.

The Japanese Garden Club is the only online website that gives you everything that you could possibly need and want to have your own small Japanese style garden and you can find out all about it by CLICKING HERE

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Japanese Gardens Are At Their Best In Spring…

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David M Cobb is perhaps the world’s most famous photgrapher of Japanese gardens. He lectures, has written books and is the ‘go to’ guy for pictures of Japanese gardens.

If you haven’t seen David’s unique talent then take a look at this BLOG entry – he has been out and about photographing a Japanese gardens in Spring – one of the most magical times of the year to do so. The picture above is one of David’s of the Japanese Friendship garden in Phoenix Arizona in the United States.Enjoy!

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David’s images will hopefully inspire you to think about having your own Japanese garden in a small space! It’s a lot easier than you may think and our free book ’11 Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese’ will show you exactly how and give you lots of inspiration too – for making a Japanese garden.

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We Publish Japanese Garden And Zen Garden Articles Too…

We publish helpful and informative artilcles on Japanese Gardens and Zen Gardens for people to learn from. Here is our selection of articles that we publish through Ezinearticles.com. Simply click on the ARTICLE HEADLINE in BLUE within the box to find the resource that you would like to read. Enjoy!

 

Japanese Garden Books Package For Making A Japanese Garden

Creating a Japanese garden does take a little knowledge and an equal measure of inspiration too!

From www.japanesegardenbooks.com author and Japanese garden expert Russ Chard gives you the perfect package of 3 Japanese garden books that will help you have your own Japanese garden space at home AND at 50 per cent off the Amazon price too!

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Making A Japanese Garden Now on Google +

Just to let you know we are now on Google plus CLICK HERE for our Japanese garden page all about making a Japanese garden and creating Japanese gardens generally.

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Creating A Japanese Garden For Your Yard Or Garden – Presentation To View


A short presentation to help with creating a Japanese garden in your yard or garden. The presentation explains what is required and what you should consider and DO to create your own Japanese garden in a small space.

CLICK HERE for our FREE Japanese garden design book to really help get you started and to give you some wonderful ideas.

John Lander – An Extraordinary Japanese Garden Photographer

John Lander is the go-to man for Japanese garden photography in Asia.

Johns pictures are detailed, dramatic and inspiring if you are interested in making a Japanese garden. He has kindly allowed me to share some of his breathtakingly beautiful images with you via a slideshow.

These pictures will give you some really good ideas for making your own Japanese garden space at home as all the pictures are from gardens in Japan and wonderfully illustrate the uniqueness of Japanese gardens and Zen gardens. Enjoy!!


Japanese Garden Images – Images by John Lander

Making A Japanese Garden – Some Unlikely Inspiration?!

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On a recent visit to Norway I visited an extraordinary tropical flora garden on an island near Stavanger.

It was stunning and is a garden that was developed with countless years of planning and careful planting. The family that run it used to run a flower business in the city but the grandfather found a small island to relax in and his love of gardening started to take over!

It is now over 20 acres big and features a large bamboo and bonsai garden. If you are intending making a Japanese garden at your home – or maybe it is a distant drweam?!- you will get some inspiration from these pictures.

They are from a board of pictures we have set up on Pinterest dedicated to our garden visit. Acers, Maples, Koi, pathways, edging, bonsai trees of all sizes, bamboo, rocks and a lot more. Take a look and be inspired!  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE GARDEN

For even more EASY to understand Japanese garden ideas to help you make that special stress free garden area claim a free copy of my latest book ’11 Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese‘ by CLICKING HERE

Design Principles For Making A Japanese Garden At Home

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The first design principle to be absolutely clear about when making a Japanese garden is that ALL elements of nature are present in these types of gardens. In Western style gardens it is usually far fewer elements of nature that are used in any one garden area.

Japanese gardens use more water – whether wet or dry- than a Western garden. Rocks and stones are much more common as ingredients too. There are reasons for this and a read up on Japanese garden history will explain all.

Gardens in Japanese culture have spiritual, historical and cultural meaning. You can read about all the aspects of Japanese gardening in one free book that I have prepared for you CLICK HERE to get your copy and also for access to my Japanese garden Newsletter called ‘The Japanese Garden Bulletin’.

For now I want to simplify the design principles so that making your own Japanese garden is simple and straightforward.

Most Japanese gardens reflect real landscapes that you see in nature. This is something called ‘borrowed scenery’. What a designer does is copy a real piece of scenery only in miniature.

You don’t have to do this because you have something called an imagination. Don’t be afraid to use it,think about the elements that you would like in your ‘mini’ landscape garden and let your mind wander. Use stones and rocks as hills and mountains, sand or gravel as water, small shrubs and grasses as plantings, trees like Acers / Maples and so on.

Think of creating a scene that catches your imagination and reduce its scale to give you a manageable garden space. There is nothing to stop you thinking big but that does mean a lot of work – it is far better to start making a Japanese garden on a small scale and once you have confidence and more knowledge increase the scale.

A pond could signify a lake, raked gravel the swirling movement of an ocean. A lot of people like water in a garden space – in a Japanese garden you can do this although in a Zen garden it is not generally included as the sand and gravel are the water area.

Flowing water in a Japanese garden signifies the passage of time. Fountains are rare but waterfalls ( more natural) are fra more commonplace.

Japanese gardens usually appear very ordered and manicured but can also be wild and even tropical in design. This gives you a lot of options depending on what garden space you have vaialable and what sort of climate you have.

One thing that I recommend is a border for your garden. It is the division between your peaceful , stress free haven and the outside world with all the distractions that go with it.I prefer a border of bamboo eith in cane form or using a growth of black bamboo for example.

Fencing ( low level) is more rustic in look and you can have a gate in a Japanese garden , usually they are found only in Tea gardens.a nice touch in larger gardens is to separate areas of a Japanese garden with different borders as the viewer and visitor moves seamlessly between areas of the garden.

Never over clutter a Japanese garden. The Japanese enjoy free space and the elements of your garden will look more natural and stand out as a result. If you want to plant dry climate plants or cactus in a Zen / Japanese rock garden then space them out to get the same effect. Less is more in a Japanese garden space and empty areas are not only authentic but pleasing on the eye to the creator and visitor!

For some really great ideas for turning your garden Japanese at home , however large or small your space, you can get a free copy of my latest book ’11 Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese ‘ by CLICKING HERE

 

Trees, Plants and Shrubs For Making A Japanese Garden

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When making a Japanese garden it should look older and more established than its surroundings. Plants, Shrubs and Trees can help bring your garden space to life and make it appear at one with nature.

Avoid over cluttering your garden and you may find that you have to slightly control your enthusiasm. Always pick living ingredients that suit the climate where you live and don’t be afraid to plant trees like Maples in colder climates as they survive in Japan in temperatures well below minus 10 degrees.

The heat of the sun is more of an enemy than the cold and ice.

This article is going to give you some suggestions on what to consider adding to your Japanese style garden and I promise not to get too technical. But if you want to find out more detailed information you can download a free copy of my book ’11 Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese’ by CLICKING HERE. As you become more adept at this form of gardening and you acquire more knowledge you can start to spread your wings a little.

A popular common element in a Japanese garden and Zen gardens are small Coniferous shrubs. Evergreens provide colour all year round and will help your other trees and plants stand out during their seasonal changes.

A good rule of thumb when making a Japanese garden is for every Deciduous planting plant 2 evergreens. Coniferous shrubs really fit the bill as they are hardy and require little maintenance apart from some minor shaping and pruning. They really look striking when planted near rocks and stones and because they start off small and the view actually gets better over time. Remember to plant with spaces between them and other shrubs or rocks to allow this growth.

You have literally hundreds of varieties and species of Coniferous shrubs to choose from and popular ones include Mugo Pine, Dwarf Balsam firs and Next Spruce.

Bamboo is another popular addition in a Japanese garden not only for separating areas but also in plant form. Tea gardens always have arrangements of Bamboo but for your small space garden then these are the varieties of Bamboo plants that will work best sasa, dake, chiku and take.

Japanese garden plants are chosen for their flowering and if you want a cavalcade of colour to contrast with your evergreens and trees then Herbaceous Japanese plants will be the solution.

Morning glory , Iris, deadnettle, Lily Turf, Kuzu Vine, White Radish, Japanese Pampas grass, Henbit, Horse Radish, Japanese Ardisia, Peony, White Chrysanthemum are plants that flower very colourfully but also in most cases have very green leaves providing a beautiful contrast.

You can use Azaleas and Camellias to great effect as well. For the spectacular there is the climbing Japanese Wisteria which grows vertically and is covered in white flowers to a maximum height of approximately 5 feet.

Bonsai plants/trees are popular too but be warned they take quite a lot of looking after and need to be skilfully watered and pruned. These are usually placed in suitably sized pots or containers around the garden area. Some like the Japanese Maple bonsai look wonderful planted between two rocks whilst others like Japanese Black Pine or Japanese White Pine , Plum and Cherry flourish better in a container.

By far the most popular bonsai plant in a Japanese garden is the Japanese Black Pine which is hardy and looks green all year round. A balance of colour is what you are looking to achieve throughout the 12 months of the year.

I hope you have found this useful and you can find out a lot more about creating your own Japanese garden space at home for a feeling of peace and serenity by claiming your copy of my FREE book and Japanese garden newsletter called ‘The Japanese Garden Bulletin’ by CLICKING HERE.

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