Hi and welcome back to Garden Ninja today I've brought myself down to London to the Kyoto gardens which is a great example of traditional Japanese garden What I'm going to do today is to give some tips how to create your own japanese garden at home.
come on let's get cracking so the first tip for japanese garden design is to follow the principle of nature trying to keep the design and the materials as natural as possible japanese garden design isn't about modernity it's about taking nature and reducing it or stylizing it to fit your garden space which is why japanese garden design is excellent for small spaces you can take symbols and trees and reduce them by using certain cultivars or species making it look natural on a much smaller scale The second tip is careful use of trees and shrubs not only can this keep the garden looking natural, but you can also use trees to screen off undesirable parts of the garden or even to lead the visitors around the garden using it at points of interest structure evergreen shrubs are also fantastic and giving year round colourr and the benefit of this is you can prune them to keep them small in size still giving that naturalist look.
The third tip would be to include a water feature in your garden now this could be moving water such as a natural waterfall or even a still pond water to show reflection and calm.
The one thing that it should be is natural to make sure it's in scale with the garden the last thing you want is a humongous waterfall in a tiny garden it just looks completely unrealisitic.
Rocks feature heavily in Japanese garden design whether the rocks are there to symbolize nature in the form of mountains or more spiritual side such as the passing between heaven and earth and the bridge between.
The advice would be to group rocks together maybe in threes fives to get a better structure and overall effect.
Lastly the tip would be if you're going to use statues and buildings make sure they're in keeping with the scale of the garden.
Thing like pergolas or a tea houses are fantastic if you've only got a small space you may need to pair them back slightly so they dont overwhelmed the overall look of the garden Again they should be good structural pieces but not take away from the natural feeling the garden.
So the Japanese design is trying to mimic nature that's why you're not going to find things like squared ponds ,fountains and big metallic structures or anything like that and the use of water always used in a natural setting.
This is really key to japanese garden design.
Mimicing nature bringing zen and tranquility to the garden space I've been Garden Ninja and if you like this clip and why not subscribe to my youtube channel to see more clips the garden design a garden hints and tips thanks for watching and I'll see you again soon.