October 23, 2021

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A Japanese-Style Garden in Ottawa

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Today we’re visiting with Bas Suharto.

I live in Ottawa, Canada, in Zone 5B. I have been gardening since 2007 when I was a student. Gardening in Ottawa is not easy, since the warm season lasts only two months. 

The photos are of my back garden. The idea is a dry lake, in a Japanese-garden style. I built the garden in 2007. The ground cover is Thymus serpyllum (creeping thyme, Zones 4–8).

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe carpets of creeping thyme in beautiful spring bloom run around the river of gravel. Carefully pruned shrubs and art create the sense of a Japanese garden.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsEvery detail of this garden is perfect, with every shrub and piece of sculpture working together to create a harmonious whole.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsCreeping thyme makes a beautiful green carpet most of the year, and then in the spring it transforms into a sheet of purple blooms beloved by bees.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsIn traditional Japanese style, there are islands set into the gravel and a spot for sitting and looking out on the garden and perhaps meditating on the beauty of the scene in front of you.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe garden isn’t all gravel and thyme. Here a row of hostas (Hosta hybrid, Zones 3–9) and bearded irises (Iris hybrid, Zones 3–9) show off behind a neatly trimmed hedge.

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