Tranquil Moss Garden
The uneven and meandering stepping stones stand out against a soft emerald carpet of moss. Exquisite views are created to be admired along the way.
Gravel and Stones
In this contemporary courtyard, carefully chosen rocks and stones form a sculptural route across gravel and moss. The vertical lines of the trees offer a balancing contrast.
Reflections of Fall
Japanese gardens are highly staged, with precisely positioned plants, intricate pathways, water features and views beyond the landscape. Here, Japanese maples shade the banks of a pool. Stepping stones offer access across the still water.
Sculptural courtyard gardens focus on a few carefully selected stones or trees. A traditional arrangement of interior, veranda and garden presents a staged sequence of space. Here a contorted specimen pine provides a magnificent focal point.
This modern design uses horizontal and vertical steel panels to form a transparent deck and unified boundary, through which the stems and foliage of plants emerge. Curving stone steps provide an enticing route through the garden. Subtle layered planting follows the rhythm.
The placement of vertical and horizontal rocks is key to the success of waterfalls and dry gravel systems alike. This three-step cascade produces a calming water sound. Balance is an important attribute of the Japanese garden, emphasized here by this delicate sculpture of flat stones, and echoed by the low hedges and ground cover beyond.