Zen Garden Design – This Stream Is Punctuated By Two Waterfalls And Ponds

The sound of moving water from waterfalls adds to the soothing nature of Japanese gardens.

This stream is punctuated by two waterfalls and ponds. For instance, papyrus, ornamental grasses, and groundcovers bring life to the stream edge. Normally, legend has it that a zigzag bridge similar to this one will protect you from evil spirits in the Japanese garden. While allowing you to escape to safety, the bridge traps them, the myth says that evil spirits can only travel in a straight line.

Now this small reflecting pool has a decidedly Japanese garden flavor. From the glass Japanese fishing float on its surface to the bamboo fountain, Japanese bloodgrass, stone pagoda lantern, and ‘moss covered’ rocks surrounding the pond, all elements blend in Asian style. With that said, this clever bamboo device is designed to frighten deer away from the Japanese garden. Upper bamboo tube drips water into the larger, lower tube. Then, the weight of the water causes it to clunk against a bamboo mat resting on a stone, when the tube fills. Then the sudden sound startles deer and reportedly scares them away.

Use very easy bamboo fence to block views of the world outside your Japanese garden.

Make the entrance to your garden clear with a gate and attractive arbor. See more photos from this Midwest Japanese meditation garden on our sister site, Midwest Living.

Raked gravel surrounding stones represents ripples of waves around islands. With that said, this Zen type or Japanese garden is designed for contemplative thought and is super easy to maintain. In spite the fact that the arch of the bridge is type of the pagoda while others frame the feature with their low. Colorful koi and goldfish bring hours of enjoyment to the Japanese garden. Train your fish to come on command for feeding time.

Both types may need to be overwintered indoors in cold climates, goldfish are hardier than koi.

Stone lanterns shaped as pagodas are staples of Japanese gardens.

They can echo the roofline of a teahouse or covered gate entries in addition to providing a charming glow in the evening garden. Create an intimate space in your Japanese garden with a teahouse or pavilion made out of bamboo or wood. Notice, use this structure for entertaining or for viewing the serene landscape.

Trees in a Japanese garden often are pruned into shapes that reveal their architectural form. Now this Japanese maple shows its zigzag branching pattern. Arching branches reach over the contrasting groundcover and reflect in a nearby pool of water. Needless to say, moss makes the perfect groundcover in moist shady areas of the Japanese garden. Of course place stone steppers among the moss to allow passage without damage to the cushiony surface, because moss doesn’t tolerate foot traffic well.

Bamboo has many uses in Japanese gardens.

It’s grown as an ornamental plant, and it serves as an important structural component. That said, this bamboo fence uses bamboo shoots as rails and smaller ones tied into latticework to follow the curve of the gravel path inlaid with steppingstones. Personal touches in the Japanese garden must have a connection to nature. For example, these polished egg shape stones arranged in a bowl are a perfect example. Certainly, backed by the crimson foliage of a Japanese maple, they cover a sculptural quality.


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