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Create Your Japanese Garden

A Japanese garden is designed with many symbols. Peace, balance, and mystic are important ingredients we find in any well-designed Japanese gardens, as well as open spaces. The garden should incorporate contrasts in texture, and usually include a large rock or granite bench.

To represent water, sand is often included in a Japanese garden, even if only in a small section. Granite lanterns and rocks, both large and small are used to symbolize land as well as permanence and can actually tell a story in the garden. Granite and Bamboo Fountains are used to represent the passage of time, change and transitions and are often included near the sitting area where the visual interest can best be enjoyed. Plants in a Japanese Garden are carefully selected for not only flowering beauty or attractive foliage but their architectural structure as well. Careful placement of each element in the Japanese garden is, in and of itself, a contemplative process. No two Japanese-inspired gardens will look the same because each should reflect something of the creator.

A Japanese garden will be beautiful in any season because there are always elements of the garden that are attractive at any given time. In the spring, the flowering plants provide beauty. Summer in the Japanese garden brings the foliage of the maple tree and blooms from the Japanese water iris. Fall finds a new focal point in the Japanese garden as the leaves of the maple tree turn bright colors. In the winter, a granite lantern, such as our Yukimi Granite Lantern, collects snow on the cap which is believe to be at its greatest beauty reflecting the purity of simple lines.

Anyone can enjoy a Japanese meditation garden as most of the plants commonly used are small and do not need a lot of space. A small entry way with a wall fountain, raised planter, or large container can become a place of contemplation with a little careful planning.

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