There's something breathtaking about Japanese outdoor gardens. it could be the peaceful backdrop set by uniformly mowed grass. It could be the interesting landscape brought about by the giant rocks, placed together in harmony. It could be the sight of less clutter—no dangling ferns, no stubborn flower pots to distract one's view. Or it could be that beautiful outdoor fountain that gives one a complete feeling of Zen, creating a peaceful ambiance that lets us relax and detox at the same time.
There are many elements that make up a Japanese garden: simple, clean lines merging together to form a serene setting. The place is open for different elements, primarily, of rocks, plants and water.
- Bamboo provides an oriental element to the scenery; the raw, smooth texture brings us back to the ages when walls and fences make use of the material.
- An irregular pathway created by giant slabs of bluestone can provide an unusual yet tasteful element in your garden. Add an Asian-style gate into the landscape, as if leading the guests to find what lies ahead the path.
- Line up discerned areas for your plants and shrubberies with white rocks. Allow the clean color to stand out against the earth and moss, creating a fresh, tidy appearance on your garden. Install a tiny stone pagoda that could also work as a bird's rest, or a lantern.
- Japanese gardens simply rely on the variants of color and texture. Soothing shades of greens, yellow-greens and blue greens set together create an interesting gradient. You would want to manicure your trees and plants regularly.
- Groundcovers, such as moss, is another favorite element in a Japanese garden. Stone steps are installed above the mass to allow human passage, without damaging the grassy cushion.
- Zen outdoor fountains add a perfect healing factor in the area. Water features with strong Asian themes invoke tranquility, meditation and detoxification. Bamboo water fountains are original favorites, but modern installations, such as stone cast water features, are becoming more prominent.
- If your budget is enough, create a little teahouse made of bamboo. Use this to entertain your guests as you admire the view of the serene garden. Features, such as a lantern, a low table and a cushion seat, adds to the luxury of the area. Another way to get round this décor: why not create an outdoor dining area with a strong Japanese flavor?
- Bonsai plants are among the staples in a Japanese garden. These little potted trees are usually aged from 10 years up. It’s amazing to see how these full-grown plants remain miniature, and well-manicured. This is perfect for plant hobbyists.
- A koi pond infuses life in your Japanese inspired outdoors. For the fish enthusiasts, creating a man-made pond outdoors would be a great setting for your favorite marine pets. It also adds a beautiful, decorative charm to your garden. Decorate the pond with prominent rocks on the edges to line up the area. Take note that this garden feature requires daily maintenance, as your fish would need a clean setting to habituate in.