Japanese style garden


Arranging a garden in the Japanese style is in fashion right now. If you want your garden to be fashionable, you should know what rules have to be applied to invoke the Japanese style. You can find the characteristics of such garden below.

Japanese garden has to look as natural as possible, it should resemble something which would could be found in a wild environment, untouched by human hand. Furthermore, it has to be composed harmoniously, every element has its own designated place among others, but there is no place for precision and symmetry. That’s why you should avoid geometrical forms – try simplicity and elegance instead. There should be a lot of green, stone and water. Things which will fit stylistically are: rock fences, rock formations, ponds and water springs. As for the plants, those will be great: magnolia, rhododendron, cherry, acer palmatum, paeonia. It should be noted that, because of the European climate, you have to choose plants which are resistant to lower temperatures. You can also invest in stone sculptures which invoke Japanese culture.

If you use the tips above, yoou can design a great project of a Japanese garden. You don’t have to stick to all the rules, of course. You can modify it to your liking, but all changes have to be within reason.

rattan furniture in japanese garden

Photo by TANAKA Juuyoh


Garden gazebo


Gazebos can be either square or polygonal, and have a wall full of the openwork wall glazing or rattan. Often the wall is only half the amount of the gazebo, and the roof support poles or narrow, openwork panels. Constituent slats may be arranged diagonally or at right angles.

The roof lies mostly on a wooden shingle or bitumen. You can also put there thatch, but it requires the use of a stronger support structure. Thatch is in fact impressive and durable, but very heavy.

Pavilions are made almost entirely of wood, which must be impregnated against mildew, fungi and insects.

A special kind of gazebos are made of steel, lacquered bars. They do not have a roof or walls. These are the openwork designs, but can be very strong and sometimes impressively decorated. They are used to fill the vines. Only when they are created, a chance occurs that a beautiful green design is made.

The pavilion, or a covering

Pavilion is a more economical form of gazebos – as it has a roof, but is devoid of the side walls and floor.

The simplest structures are of powder coated steel tubes that support the roof of the impregnated, waterproof fabric. Pavilion of steel is easy moved and manoeuvred to another location, and can be easily stored inside for the winter.

gazebo made of rattan fences

Photo by Jonathan Stonehouse