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Choosing Japanese Garden Décor

granite lanternDecorating any garden, especially a Japanese style garden is one part creativity and one part cunning attention to detail. There are many inferior products on the market which may tempt you into purchasing an inferior product. Today, we will examine a few common gardening décor materials and weigh the pros and cons of each.

Lava Stone

Lava stone is a beautiful dark stone and the many nooks and crannies give it an fascinating and diverse surface. However, lava stone is very also very porous and inexpensive, making it a poor choice for long lasting garden décor. If priced cheaply, it can be a great addition to your garden for a few years. Just make sure you know what you are buying.


Cement is a popular choice for many garden decorations including Japanese lanterns, statues, and bird baths. However, this is a man-made material which does not stand up well to the elements. In many cases, cement lanterns and statues will begin to fall apart quickly, usually within a year or two but higher quality cement may last a bit longer.


Granite is a hard, natural stone comprised of quartz, mica, and feldspar. It is available in several colors and is both beautiful and long lasting. Unlike cement, resin, and lava stone, granite will last a lifetime. For long lasting beauty for your garden, choose granite lanterns and benches.

The Takeaway

Learn your stone types so you can be sure you know what you are buying. Cement and other man made materials cannot withstand the elements that nature bring and will begin. For life long garden lanterns, benches, fountains and basins always choose granite or slate.