Simple Style: The Subtle Appeal of Japanese Gardens

If you think less is more, a Japanese-style garden may be for you. Renowned for their calm and contemplative properties, Japanese gardens are actually a diverse lot unified by a couple of key characteristics.

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Cherry Blossom DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Planting in Japanese gardens is restrained, with bamboo, grasses and irises providing verticals, and plants such as camellias, peonies and rhododendrons used for flower and form. As seen here, cherry trees, with their sprightly blossoms, have been celebrated for centuries. A subtle geometry underlies the layout and planting, and is complemented by paths made from rectangular blocks, informal stepping stones or meandering pathways.

Excerpted from Garden Design

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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