JAPANESE GARDEN STYLES TO CREATE YOUR OWN SANCTUARY.

The basic styles of the Japanese Garden has evolved over many centuries from a rough sacred area surrounded by rocks and fenced off with rope to a place of serenity or a sanctuary from our busy “western” lives. There are many styles from small boutique balcony /courtyard to the wandering stroll garden. All are a work of art by capturing nature’s essence and the gardener’s spirit.

Listed below are the types of Japanese Garden and a brief introduction to each one. Please note that many gardens in the Japan fashion are a mixture of eras developed over time and each having its place in history.

Japanese gardens have certain intrinsic principles that need to be adhered to, so that it will successfully capture its spirit. Nature is what you must be striving for; it can be idealized or symbolized, but never create something that nature cannot. There is no singular type of design, despite the fact that certain rules apply to every garden; each garden will differ by setting and usage.

Having said that,there are five basics:

  • DRY-LANDSCAPE or ZEN GARDEN;
  • HILL AND POND
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  • TEA GARDEN
  • COURTYARD
  • and STROLL

If the garden is in Japan, it is a Japanese garden; all I/we can do is make an Australian/American or XXXX garden in the Japanese design. At the end of the day it is the feel of the garden that is the important feature.It should not replicate the landscape but involve the viewer and their imagination.