1. Organize the garden with asymmetrical lines
If the traditional French garden is symmetrical and straight, the Japanese garden is quite the opposite. Indeed, in Japanese culture, it is said that harmony is born of imbalance. Forget the well-defined borders, the Japanese garden likes asymmetrical and rather irregular lines. We often find the presence of triangles of which no part dominates the others. Trade excessively narrow angles for pretty curves in the arrangement of beds and for walkways.
2. Favor an odd rhythm
It is well known, Japanese art always favors odd numbers. And for good reason, they are considered a sign of positivity. Whether plants, rocks or decorative elements, always choose them in an odd number. The numbers 3, 5 and 7 are the most widely used. So even if this is not what will make all the beauty of your Japanese garden, this small symbolic belief can make the difference and make good energy reign…
3. Choose suitable plants and plants
Japanese gardens have their favorite trees and plants. Thus, we often find the same types of plants, namely:
- Evergreen trees: among them, there are a few must-haves such as Japanese maple, Japanese cedar and the famous cherry trees. Pine, beech, oak, willow and almond are also trees that are often found in a Japanese garden.
- Slow-growing soil and shrubs: it is impossible to imagine a Japanese garden without medium-sized plants and low plants. Opt for a magnolia stellata, a Japanese charcoal, azaleas, Japanese camellias without forgetting the essential bamboo. In any case, avoid flowering varieties and prefer plants that can be pruned like boxwood or honeysuckle.
- Ground cover plants: Japanese gardens all have one thing in common: they are particularly fond of moss floors. To reproduce this green carpet effect, you can plant helxine or sagine. But be careful not to tread on them too much or risk damaging them!
4. Bet on simplicity and sobriety
These are essential characteristics to remember when planning a Japanese garden. And it starts from its creation. From the start, avoid accumulating the plantations so as not to give the impression of disorder and plant proliferation. Remember to space your plants well apart from each other in order to enhance them independently. In continuity, avoid too many blooms at the same time and try to choose varieties that take turns. The idea is that each element, which makes up the Japanese garden, can reveal its potential alone.
In the same way, the simplicity of the place must also translate into the simplicity of the furnishings and decoration of the garden. Do not accumulate decorative objects and fireworks and choose quality furniture but especially in natural material. There is nothing worse for a Japanese garden than containing plastic furniture or accessories. Remember that the wear of time is an integral part of the development of a Japanese garden.
5. Create a water point
Last essential element of a Japanese garden: a water point. This can take many forms: from streams to ponds and waterfalls passing through basins, fountains or even water stones… And even the smallest Japanese gardens can create a water point! The bamboo rocking fountains can be enough to create a relaxation space with background water flowing…