Here are a few examples of how you can incorporate a gorgeous Japanese garden into your own neighborhood:
Japanese gardens are among the most admired and beautiful in the world. The Japanese people have a centuries old and unique understanding of the elements necessary to create an ambiance of absolute peace, balance, unbelievable beauty and serenity second to none.
When I began to do some research on these beautiful gardens, I was amazed at how many exist in literally every part of the world. I shouldn't have been, because the more I studied them and observed the incredibly beautiful photographs of them, I realized how much everyone around the globe can benefit from and appreciate this wonderful gift to the world from the Japanese people and their rich culture.
Whether you're simply an admirer or you intend to create your own private Japanese garden, I think you'll discover a lot of new things about them you never knew. I hope you enjoy your new-found knowledge as much as I have.
Below are some interesting asian products you may like, such as seeds for some asian plants you cannot buy in most stores, as well as other garden items and even some inspirational calendars.
Stay right here and do a Google search for some new and fun items for your very own Japanese garden!
Here's a very useful video on a couple right here in the USA creating their own Japanese garden oasis in the backyard. The final result is quite impressive for a do-it-yourself project. Just shows with the right inspiration, you can do anything!
... and at the bottom of the page is a slideshow of more Japanese garden designs, many of which are small, to give you some great ideas for your own homes as well.
You may be able to appreciate every type of garden and beautiful landscape in the world. However, appreciating them and really understanding them can be two different things.
Here's a great article to help you with the thought-processes that go into creating one of these peaceful and serene garden for yourself to escape the pressures of your daily life.
AsianGardening.com graciously extends an open offer to share their indepth knowledge and interesting articles with those of us who want to know more about these peaceful and timeless gardens. Sit down and grab a cup of green tea, because you'll really want to take some time to enjoy this!
From Japanese Garden of Monaco
The perception of nature is different in the Japanese culture from that of the European one. Instead of viewing nature only as something to be subjugated and transformed according to men-made ideal of beauty, Japanese developed a close connection to nature, considering it sacred, an ally in putting food on the table and an ideal of beauty in itself. That is why the Japanese gardens are the synthesis of nature in miniature instead of correction of nature as with European gardens.
Feng Shui and Water Features
(An introduction to Feng Shui and its elements)
Feng Shui (translated literally means wind and water), dating back over 5000 years, is the ancient Chinese art of positioning objects for harmony and balance in the environment.
Water plays an important part in this traditional belief. Water is equated with the flow of Chi which is the energy or life force of the universe, believed to be present in all living things. Where Chi flows freely and accumulates there is health, abundance and prosperity. Where Chi stagnates there is illness and decay.
The positive flow of Chi is vital to a garden and its movement throughout should be free and uninhibited. Barriers to Chi must be removed and in cases where this is impracticable Feng Shui cures can be employed to allow for the smooth flow if Chi. On the flip side Chi flowing too fast through a garden is just as unsettling.
Water can be used to slow down or speed up the flow of this powerful life force and can be introduced to your garden via a pond, fountain, water feature or waterfall.
There are a few simple principles to follow when establishing a water feature in your garden:
• The best position for a water feature is in the north, east or south east corners of the garden. This is likely to bring wealth and prosperity.
• The water should flow toward the house facing the main entrance or a large window to invite Chi into your home. This is not necessary where a water feature has an even flow of water over all sides. The direction of the water flow should never flow away from you home.
• Where a waterfall is used the flow of water must be considered. To strong will be destructive to the Chi and too gentle will do nothing.
• A water feature must be proportionate to the garden. Too small will symbolize a lack of abundance and too large may be too powerful for your home.
• Remove clutter such as debris and dead plants / foliage from your garden. This will inhibit the flow of Chi.
• It is important to maintain your water feature properly, avoiding build ups of algae, dead leaf matter and unsightly slime. Water needs to remain moving, clean and fresh to harness the Chi.
• Check your feature regularly for cracks and leaks which allow the Chi to escape.
• Introduce goldfish to your water feature to encourage wealth.
• Where water is lost through evaporation remember to top up your water feature to replenish the Chi.
Adding a water feature to your garden need not be expensive or difficult. A simple ready made water feature can be installed in preference to a grand, expensive water feature. Far better to have a simple feature that is easy to maintain rather than a huge pond and waterfall set-up that may prove time too consuming for today's busy person.
Whether you believe Feng Shui is nonsense, superstitious belief or not there are few gardens that will not benefit from the application of its principles both practically and aesthetically. Apply these principles to your Japanese garden and you may soon reap the rewards!
About the Author
Danielle Dickinson is an avid water feature enthusiast. She is a regular contributor to Gardening Magazines. Visit her website http://www.waterfeaturesonline.com.au for more information on building and maintaining any type of Water Feature.