The beautiful Japanese garden is one of the most beautiful landscapes you can design your backyard into. It is very minimalistic by nature and its contents suggest meditation and peace of mind. The basic idea behind the garden is the peaceful combination of energy and spirit, represented by rocks and water upon a grassy or hilly landscape.
It is one of the most celebrated concepts in the gardening world and many draw inspirations from its ethos and methodology in design and conceptual innovations.
To start making your own Japanese garden you’ll need to decide if you want it to be a pure flat plain or a hilly type. Both are the general garden designs for the Japanese but the one with a few slides and hills suggests strong flow of energy where the flat plains of grass and water suggest calm forces. When you have decided which type you want it becomes a bit easier to paint out in your head your final design.
To begin with, here are the basic things you need in making a simple Japanese garden:
The rocks are the first and foremost element you want. For the Japanese, especially in the Shinto sect, rocks represent the spirit and these should be your main centerpiece. In a designer’s point of view the rocks hold the aesthetic value of the garden together since it is basically a minimalistic design.
Stone lanterns are also a very good ornaments to consider since they complement the centerpiece beautifully. They are elaborately designed to represent simple Japanese structures like the tiger or a hollow structure for candlelight.
Water is the third of the most important elements in your Japanese garden since water represents the flow of energy. This is why many of these gardens prefer to utilize flowing water like a stream or a river that flows under a bridge.
Sometimes a pond is a good idea especially if you want to place in some Koi that compliment prosperity and life. If water would present a problem this can be replaced with fine, bright gravel arranged to resemble flowing water.
There are other ornaments and the like that can be used for a Japanese garden like cherry trees and sand to represent a beach of some sort. Do not try to stuff too much into the garden since it would defeat the purpose of simplicity that these gardens are designed for.