Pond Design – Inspiration – Japanese Gardens
The Japanese have heavily influenced pond design throughout the ages and continue to do so, here we take a glance at what goes into the design process and the plants that are involved to complete the look.
What defines a Japanese Garden? Well, some say that there is no such thing as atraditional Japanese garden, as each one is designed to beindividual to its owner, however, there are certain traits that adhere to a Japanese garden.
Japanese gardens are designed with symbolism in mind, with water being the most important of all the symbols, essential in the overall design of the garden.
The water itself is not the importance it is what the water represents, in a Japanese garden water in any volume represents the tranquility of the ocean.
In Chisen style gardens water in a pond or lake form is situated in the most prominant part of the garden.
Rocks are anouther element in Japanese Gardens that depict islands in the sea, these rocks can create islands which you travel to via a bridge and other islands that become sacred places where no human can travel to.
A waterfall in the form of three stages can represent the Buddah, and will look impressive in the overall design of the garden or pond area.
The trees and plants that are used in a Japanese garden help turn it into a place of tranquility along with the sound of the water.
One of the more tradtional plants used in a Japanese garden in the Bamboo, an evrgreen which the Japanese believe embodies the qualities of vigor and patience.
Alongside the bamboo traditionally you will not see much colour, plants and grasses in blacks and reds dominate alongside the natural green.
Here is a selection of Japanese plants that would be ideal in a Japanese themed water garden.
Black Grass – Black foliage with small black berries, is low growing so ideal for fronts of borders and lining pathways. It does spread but is not invasive.
Black Bamboo – The young stems of this bamboo age to a jet black and being an evergreen gives cover and colour all year round.
Japanese Quince– Crimson and Gold and Jet trail are two types of Japanese Quince that look outstanding when planted together, twisting together to show off both red and white flowers.
Cotoneaster Coral Beauty – an ideal ground cover plant that is very tough and slowly spreads in shapes and twists, with a redish pinkish flower again looks fantastic against the green and black backdrop of bamboo.
When designing a Japanese inspired garden with water feature it is important to remember asymetry, the concept of favouring the imperfect over the perfect form.
A Japanese garden will show off austerity, is elegant in its simplicity and offers its users stillness, quietand tranquility.
If you want a Japanese themed water feature in your garden, small or large, then give the team here at Pond Stars UK a call, we are happy to help!
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