Japanese gardens


«In my opinion, Japanese garden design is above all the ability to use a garden to reflect impressions of nature. For example, areas of grass can remind you of a wetlands landscape, pine trees and maples of domestic forests, and moss-covered stones of romantic mountain valleys», says garden designer Andreas Langsdorff. In fact, the unpretentiousness of Japanese gardens is quite moving. They are a place for peace and tranquillity.

Suited for the smallest gardens

You can set up Japanese gardens on the smallest plot because, after all, garden areas in densely settled Japan are generally limited.

Luxuriant or minimalist?

Just as it’s easy to distinguish between a French or English garden, the same is true for Japanese types. On the one hand there are green gardens with plenty of plants, trees and flowers; the tea garden with its stepping stones, water basins, lanterns and perpetually green luxuriance; or also the meditative Zen garden which is characterised primarily by gravel, stones and just a few plants.


A typical type of Japanese garden unifies a variety of plants and lanterns, water basins and stones (photo: langsdorff.ch).

Important: get extensive advice

Anyone who feels drawn towards Japanese gardens should get advice from a garden designer. That’s because not just spatial constraints, the terrain and prevailing climate are important for a consultation but also the client’s personality and character. Rather have luxury? Or minimalist? Meditative? Or, above all, decorative? This is what you discover in a detailed conversation. In addition, you can investigate this topic in greater detail by reading books or possibly by viewing properties already created by garden designers.