Japanese garden in a cold climate
Pictures with images of a Japanese garden are so picturesque that you involuntarily catch yourself wanting to create something similar on your site.
The second reason is the wrong climate and the wrong topography. And «control shot»: your house is definitely not a Japanese hut with walls made of paper and bamboo))) Therefore, it’s just a stylization…
On a completely “bare” landscape, you can quickly create a stylized Japanese landscape, but it will be very expensive and … not interesting)))
You will have to buy a lot of adult exotics and the picture of the finished garden will change slightly — depending on the change of seasons.
There is no need to pour a thick layer of sand around, imitating a water surface in an authentic garden. Enough short-cut lawn and sand and gravel paths.
Place the stones at a point that is visible from the entrance to the courtyard and from the windows at the same time.
|The photo shows a green moss rug enveloping the natural unevenness of the relief. There are few places where the climate is so favorable, because moss can be replaced with bryozoan.|
Shading the beauty of the stone in our climate is easiest with junipers. They are frost- and drought-resistant, fast-growing species can become the basis for the formation of nivaki.
If boxwood does not winter well in your area, then you can find an alternative among undersized thujas or miniature spruces, again, the specimen you have chosen should be grown in a local nursery and climate-adapted.
Boxwoods, thujas and spruces, unlike junipers, require watering during the dry season. A thick layer of wood mulch will help minimize the risk of drying out.
There are two wonderful deciduous shrubs that are no less supportive of shearing and shaping than the previous ones. These are Japanese spirea and shrubby cinquefoil (pictured). Ideal for creating lively, low-growing, streamlined forms in the spirit of a Japanese garden…
The climate in Japan is humid and stones even in the open are covered with moss. Yours will remain bare and will require shade to create conditions for the growth of moss.
Therefore, it makes sense to immediately plant those trees along the perimeter, which will later become the basis of a shady landscape. There is no reason to single them out with dumping or patterns of stones. The main element of the garden at this stage is the stones, so all the attention to them.
It is worth considering that your house has a style of architecture that is foreign than a garden, so the presence of emphasized Japanese elements should be avoided: bamboo decor and characteristic figurines will be out of place here.
The philosophy of Japanese style is not strictly following the canons and copying. Harmony and beauty of naturalness rule the ball here.
I don’t know where your imagination can take you, but I recommend not to abuse the number of such forms and their concentration per square meter. One successful silhouette, but in the most viewed place will be quite enough. Moreover, it is required to form nivaki every season, otherwise nature will take its toll and it will be problematic to restore a neglected garden bonsai.
It is more difficult, but more effective to turn such a stone into a fountain. I repeat, the effect of moss-covered stones can only be achieved in conditions of wet shade and calmness.
If we talk about authentic details, then a mini-reservoir in stone is one of the attributes of a Japanese garden at Buddhist temples, which has a ritual meaning. But more about this in a separate article.
Let’s be realistic: not all authentic Japanese garden plants are able to survive frosty winters, some of them can winter with shelter, some of them will not even survive such conditions.
Therefore, part of the plants can be replaced by ours, similar in color and always undersized (up to 5 m in height in adulthood) or shrubs.
Almost any tree or bush can be formed into the desired shape: with a bare trunk (or trunks) and an umbrella or rounded crown.
LIST OF PLANTSsuitable for creating a Japanese garden is presented in this article.
In the photo: a garden in Japan. A small area is not a hindrance at all — there is water and stones and silhouette plants and … mountains grown from bushes)))
In the photo: as you can see, a beautiful Japanese garden is not so much a feature with hard-to-remember names, but an atmosphere of harmony with nature and purity of lines…
In the photo: a stylization of a Japanese garden in an English estate.
And this photo for inspiration: modern Japanese (in the sense located in Japan) landscape: simple and perfect…
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