Japonia Hortus

key to understand the Japanese garden

Designing a Garden


       Designing of a garden depends on site condition, your requirement and taste; there is no right or wrongdesign about a garden. To create a garden design, seeing arts, landscape, and other gardens which you likewould help you for obtaining garden ideas. Indeed many of Japanese gardens came from images of poem, art,landscape of Japan and China. There are photos of various Japanese gardens invisit to Japanese Gardenpage, so they might help you creating your garden design.
       Unlike symmetrical garden, Japanese garden isasymmetric; therefore, the weights (emphasis) of right and leftsides are usually different. To make the difference, a focalpoint(waterfall, tree massing, stone arrangement, etc.) is set in a eitherside of the garden. Generally one focal point is enough for normalsize house garden; too many focal points make the garden busylooking.

These are good places for setting a focalpoint:
Place with existing trees
Place having ugly back ground (need to hide by tree massing)
Place of the greatest depth in the garden

       Also, if you have good scenery from your garden, put a focalpoint in the different side of the garden not to block the scenery.

       Japanese garden is naturalistic garden, so free-curve lines are used to form the garden. However, to makemodern Japanese garden, rectangular, circular, diagonal and arc/tangent lines are also used. It is better to limitkinds of lines used in the design since Japanese garden fits simplicity and quietness.


       About the garden I made,I imitate this famous art of Katsushika Hokusai. Stones imitated from the boatsandMt. Fuji and a maple tree was image of the wave. Also, the deck image camefrom Noh stage. The focal point islocated around the Mt. Fuji stone. I used angular lines for earth and rectangular lines for deck.