Few have tried and succeeded at creating a genuine Japanese garden. If you are in the pursuit to have one because of the Zen and beauty it brings to the property, there are several elements that you need to consider. Money is also a factor that should be taken in mind, but remember that the result can make up for it.
In the Japanese culture, bamboo means prosperity. It can be attributed to the bamboos resilient quality and sturdiness. Because the Japanese value bamboo, they employ it in decoration, including the garden. When creating your own version of the latter, bamboo can be used as a unique water fountain or bamboo pipe, scattered as décor, or used as wall segment to separate a section.
Create A Tea Area/House
The Japanese enjoy a good cup of tea. In fact, they have a special ceremony wherein they show how to properly prepare one. Drinking tea in the garden is very common too, so make sure that you include an area in your space that will remind you of this practice. It can be as simple as putting Japanese styled chairs and tables on a designated spot, or as garb as having a tea house constructed.
If you are aiming for the authentic Japanese garden, having a small pond on the space is recommended. Having running water is also optional. However, if you think this is a problem because of budget, you can still have the relaxing effect of water by placing fountains and fish tanks around the place, with live fish of course.
Moss And Rocks
When you check out garden designs that are centered in Japan, you will notice the use of two things; rocks and moss. That is because the Japanese appreciate nature. And what better way to express it than by using these two elements? With that said, grow moss on surfaces. As for the rocks, it can be placed near the pond and pathway you have constructed. Rock lanterns are also popular, so consider having some.
The Japanese garden can be considered as an art. There are so many elements that come into play. Pay attention to detail when creating one, and do not forget to incorporate the Japanese tradition.