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Japanese gardens cannot simply be recreated with a haphazard collection of plants and objects; successful Japanese designs integrate a careful balance of these elements into soothing, contemplative gardens.

Living Art

The fish-filled pond is a meditative focal point in this Japanese style garden. Rocks, ornaments and planting are carefully arranged around it and a split bamboo fence filters light in horizontal patterns across its surface. The leaves of a sassafras and a betula rustle above.

Designer and owner Judycki says:

"My own garden has been a work in progress since the late 1970s. I started out as a stone sculptor, which has helped me to use and understand hard materials. I tend to start with them and soften the surfaces with planting."

"Sitting places are important to me. A favorite is the Japanese bathing stool, ideal for contemplation when I’m feeding the koi carp. The idea of living art and the movement it creates is also fascinating—we can see the pool from the living room, and it’s a constantly changing view."

"The garden is typical of my work in that I customize the space for each client. The plot dictates how it should be used and everything I do is site specific.”

Key Ingredients

'Rubrum' acer (image 1); Sassafras (image 2); ‘Francee’ hosta (image 3); Willowleaf (also, sotoneaster; image 4)

Other Ingredients

Sweetbox (image 1); Whitebarked Himalayan birch (image 2)

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Excerpted from Garden Design

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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