benches, and sculptures are some of the most visually appealing garden
features. Made from solid natural stone, these pieces are designed to
beautify your garden for a lifetime. Since purchasing one is a big
investment in your garden, we wanted to go over some of the choices and
features you should consider in your new granite lantern.
Do you want a functional lantern?
Some granite lanterns
come with pre-drilled holes or lighting already installed. If you think
you may want to use the lantern as a light source in the future, make
sure you choose a lantern with pre-drilled holes. Keep in mind, most
Japanese do not use these lanterns as such, but many Americans do.
Pay attention to the details.
If the lantern leans or is unable to stand on its
own, do not purchase it. This often occurs because the lantern is
installed on a base incorrectly or holes are drilled improperly. Don’t
risk purchasing an inferior product -- look for clean carved lines and
solid construction. All of the
stone lanterns at Japanese Style are closely inspected for quality.
Choose a design.
There are many different types of granite lanterns.
When considering which style to purchase, consider size, color, and how
the style will fit in your garden aesthetically. For example, an
extremely ornate lantern may overpower other elements in a tiny garden,
but would look lovely in a larger garden with more features.
The most common styles are listed below.
These lanterns are usually large and very ornate.
They usually feature five or more stacked elements on a base. Many
different designs and styles.
Buried lanterns are (as the name implies) buried in the ground, much like a post. These should never have a base. Usually simple in design.
Usually quite small and squat, these lanterns are often used next to water features or in very small gardens.
Generally round and fairly low, with legs that are
far apart and wide roofs to collect snow. While they do look beautiful
in the snow, these lanterns are acceptable in any climate. Often placed
The type of lantern you choose will be based upon
your personal style, and the garden space you have to work with.
Consider the colors and other elements present in your Japanese garden
before purchasing a
granite lantern to add to the space.