If in western culture gardening is often considered a manual activity and therefore a hobby of little value, in Japanese culture instead it is considered not only a relaxing moment but also a noble activity, as it benefits both those who practice it and all 'environment.
The garden created according to the Japanese tradition has a great ornamental value, the commitment that is dedicated to the care of plants produces beautiful and healthy plants that reproduce at their best and show off their colors, naturally enhancing the whole environment that surrounds them.
The Japanese trees they have a very essential and balanced style, never redundant, therefore their ideal location is in a house with an essential, clean, linear style, not too refined but beautiful in its simplicity.
The typical Japanese garden arises not only from the choice of the type of plants to grow but also from their specific location, designed in such a way as to create an environment with a precise atmosphere.
The fundamental characteristic of Japanese gardens is the balance, which must be transparent and be internalized: in practice, the Japanese garden must be a suitable place to be observed but at the same time it must give those who find themselves close to a place of contemplation where to find harmony with yourself, harmony between body and nature, spontaneously and naturally.
How to place plants
Even more important than the choice of Japanese trees It is the choice of the location of the plants in the garden in order to obtain a harmonious result but at the same time as close as possible to the spontaneity of nature. Another very important feature to realize is that of having spaces that seem wide even if they are not, this to give the possibility to immerse oneself in nature in contemplation without feeling constrained within limited spaces but projecting towards the open spaces and the infinite possibilities of thought.
Here are the basic indications for setting up a Japanese garden:
- Plants must be placed asymmetrically to convey a feeling of naturalness, straight lines should never be followed but rather sinuous lines, more spontaneous and disordered "just enough"
- Plants must not be placed without any kind of orderly arrangement, therefore you should avoid placing them in order of size or color
- Variety must be a fundamental characteristic, it is better to alternate plants with different characteristics, as if it were an environment dominated by nature that imposed its laws on the growth of plants
- The plants must be positioned in a natural but balanced way, the final result must be a sober, varied and balanced environment, it must not be understood that the "random" placement of the plants has been studied.