January 18, 2022

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Building a Japanese-Inspired Garden

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Today we’re off to Canada, visiting with Bas Suharto. We’ve seen Bas’s home garden before, but today’s garden is one that Bas created for a friend.

At the end of summer, I visited the garden I designed and built for a colleague, Ms. Yukie in Orleans, Ontario. I designed it in 2019 after seeing her front yard as just a lawn, and one that was not easy to maintain. I proposed a garden idea that was a bit like a “Japanese-style garden” with gravel.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe before picture shows just a basic, boring front yard, with lots of labor required to keep it mowed.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsBas created this drawing to show the planned transformation.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsHere’s a new planting starting to take shape.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsFor gravel, Bas used 3/8-inch river-wash stones. Bas finds that it is easy to remove fallen leaves from small gravel.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsIn the final garden, creeping thyme (Thymus praecox, Zones 5–8) makes a beautiful and functional ground cover. The dense foliage keeps out weeds, and the flower display is wonderful.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe Japanese stone lantern makes an eye-catching centerpiece.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsEven out of bloom, the creeping thyme is a pretty ground cover that sets off the other plants.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsCleome (Cleome hassleriana, annual) is a vigorous, tall annual that is easily grown from seed and makes quite the statement in this garden.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsRed wax begonias (Begonia semperflorens, annual) bring color all summer, while the tall feather reed grass (Calamgrostis ‘Karl Foerster’, Zones 5–7) has a height that helps define the space and screen out neighbor views.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsMs. Yukie uses the leaves of the perilla plant (Perilla frutescens, annual), called shiso in Japanese, to make Japanese shiso juice. The foliage is also quite beautiful!

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