The Basics of Japanese Gardening
May 14, 2016
No matter where you are in the world you can bring Japanese gardening to your doorstep by providing simple yet elegant techniques in knowing the basics of Japanese gardening. Japanese gardens bring a sense of tranquillity and serenity to your home using natures beauties much as sands, rocks, water, plants, bamboo, water bowls, fish and lantern to light up every step and corner of your garden. These gardens are symbolic of Buddhism and Shinto which promotes nature and living in peace. These gardens are especially designed bring the essence of nature, mountains and waterfalls into your house no matter if you live in the countryside, suburban or urban parts of the country. There are many different styles in Japanese gardens which can bring each garden its unique appearance.
Chisen-shoyū-teien is known as the pond garden, its features and resembles a lake and usually has small boats with water flowing and small islands. The Paradise garden is symbolic of paradise which includes scenery of water, arranged flowers, decorations, small shallow lakes with a small bridge and sandy paths. Karesansui all so known as dry rock gardens which symbolizes the Zen in gardens, usually covered in rocks, sand and raked gravel. The purpose of this type of garden is to ease meditation.
Roji is known as a tea garden is elegant in its purpose of inviting guests to special events and ceremonies. It’s a basic pathway to lead guests to a tea house or tea garden area. Its focus is to bring more the greenery to the open eye. The tea house has no windows but the house has a large open white gate. Kaiyū-shiki-teien is recognized as promenade gardens which are made to compliment the house. These gardens are made to walk clockwise around a lake. These types of garden are more for strolling and benefit the outside elements such as mountains, bamboo and greenery.
Tsubo-niwa is the courtyard garden usually assembling a small space such as an indoor garden or a shop garden. They consist of water basins, lanterns, stepping stones and very few plants. These gardens primary functions are to bring nature inside something to look at rather than enter to meditate. Hermitage garden is all so a very small garden usually utilized by the Samurai. It is usually for those who want to retire and prefer less garden work. These types of gardens consist of small ponds, rocks easy to manage plants.