Japanese Gardens: True Oasis of Relaxation

japanese garden with bamboos and stone lantern

If you thought that you could not enjoy Japanese gardens in TX, at Cutters Landscaping, we guarantee that it is possible.

We know a lot about this topic since we have devised a variety of them.

We have created environments that invite relaxation and calm that is very much appreciated, especially in large cities.

The French and the English have always had a reputation for exclusivity, but without a doubt, oriental and especially Japanese gardens are on the rise.

In this post, we offer a minimum key to understanding how these green spaces so special.

The Origins

Its origin dates back to the 8th century, and many are preserved to this day.

Created for the Japanese elite's pleasure, in the houses of well-to-do people, they were reserved exclusively for them.

Today, many of the world's largest Japanese gardens are open to the public in different areas of the world; not only in Japan, but also in garden specimens of great renown in Uruguay, Argentina or the United States, among others.

Factors To Take Into Account To Devise Them

To get a good Japanese garden, you need to have several elements_

  • Symmetry and balance: everything must be relatively symmetrical, leading to a balanced garden.
  • The species must be similar and equally distributed in different areas of the garden.
  • According to Japanese culture, balance causes your mind to organize itself when walking through your garden.
  • Harmony: each element or plant must be located in the right place. Each plant or species has its function and must be located correctly.
  • It is necessary to take into account the needs of each plant and adapt the environment to them.
  • If some species is not where it should be, it directly affects the harmony that a Japanese garden should have.
  • The contrast of elements is necessary to place species or plants that transmit different sensations throughout the garden.
  • Plants or species that are very similar should not be mixed because it gives a feeling of monotony.
  • You should mix colors that are harmonious with each other and elements or decorations that marry very well.

It is important to remember that each element of the Japanese garden must represent something.

Traditional Components For Its Construction, Real Or Symbolic

  • Rocks: usually basalt. They represent Mount Shumi (mountain of the axis of the world for Buddhism).
  • The water surrounding the rocks: represents Mount Horai.
  • A pond that forms an island and a bridge that takes you to it.
  • A lamp or lantern, which is typically made of stone.
  • A house or pavilion of tea.

Trees, Flowers And Plants

wooden bridge over pond in a japanese garden

For a Japanese garden, some species are key, as well as some related to them.

The first fundamental plant for a Japanese garden is bamboo. This species must be used to delimit different areas of the garden.

Second, several evergreen trees such as pine and Japanese cedar are essential.

Both are two species that clearly characterize Japanese gardens. They will also give color to the garden throughout the year.

Lastly, deciduous trees are important. The most commonly used species are Japanese cherry, blossom cherry, maple, etc.

The rest of the elements or plants are not essential, but any addition must be harmonious with the species described.

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