How to Create a Japanese Garden

How to Create a Japanese Garden

If you have never seen an authentic Japanese garden, then it is time that you should. These stunning gardens stemming from a deep-rooted culture to help promote meditation and reflection are great places for you to relax and unwind. In today’s stressful and busy world, these gardens are a great place to find inspiration and have a peaceful area of your own. Good news is, you don’t have to go to Japan to see one! Yes, you can create a little piece of the rich history and beauty these gardens have to offer. Here are a few tips on how to create a Japanese Garden.

Japanese gardens primary focus is usually based on Zen. The definition of Zen is- The value of meditation and intuition, also that everything has a purpose. A cluttered garden equals a cluttered mind, and that is the opposite of what you are trying to achieve.  Here is a look at designing a Japanese garden.


Stay true to the culture. Educate yourself on history, look at examples to find inspiration, and make sure that you have some background knowledge or understanding of what you are wanting. Remember, you are always trying to work towards Zen.

Learn the basics of a Japanese garden. What do they consist of? What type of garden am I looking for? Those are the questions you will want to be answered before you begin. Most Japanese gardens “borrow” from the landscape around it, here are some examples:

Rock Gardens – If you live near mountains, this would be the right choice with rocks being a primary focus to help blend in with the surroundings.

Moss Gardens – If your terrain has a lot of greenery, moss gardens will be perfect to match the environment.

Pond Gardens – This option will work well if you have a body of water nearby.

Keep your garden small and straightforward. You don’t want to have a huge space that can be overwhelming (and that’s not Zen), but rather simple and easily maintained. Use natural elements like bamboo fencing, stone pathways, and two or three mossy/crawling plants. You can add flowers, but you don’t want too many as some of the brighter colors could be distracting, being that green hues are the primary color you want to dominate the space with.

Now that you have some necessary information on how to get started, here are a few plants that you could use for your new Zen place.

  • Japanese Maple
  • Black Mondo Grass
  • Azaleas
  • Siebold’s Wood Fern
  • Lilies
  • Japanese Forest Grass
  • Japanese Catmint

Remember, those are just a few suggestions that you could look into, as there are many attractive options out there to explore. Research the history behind your design, and when you are finished, the benefits are undoubtedly worth it.