Nottingham Japanese Garden Design
Peaceful and Relaxing Japanese Garden
The client’s brief to me was simple yet challening – I was to create a contemplative and relaxing Japanese style garden design for a section of a large established garden that had previously served as the clients vegetable patch. The proposed design needed to sit in harmony with the existing garden, and the wider environment.
The garden design implemented the principles of the Japanese gardens focus on three basic principles, reduced scale, symbolization, and borrowed view. Garden Designs that reduced scale represent famous scenes and places in small and confined spaces from landscape around the site – normal Japan. Mountain views and rivers are miniaturized using stones, sand and gravel. Raked sand or gravel symbolizes rivers, groupings of stones and rock can represent islands or Mountains. “Shakkei” as it known, or borrowed views is when the garden design makes use of existing scenery and plants to supplement the garden. The garden design I proposed incompassed as many of these principles as possible without the garden becoming too japanese or looking staged and not suiting the location.
A bespoke contemporary yet oriental fence was designed and installed. A Steel bowl was used to reflect the sky and compliment the planting. Gravel was used to create a Zen style area with the garden.
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Modern and Stylish Garden Design
A natural yet contemporary feel was desired by the client for this garden design. They wanted natural materials to be used wherever possible within the overall garden design. Due to budget restrictions only the patio and some planters would build in stage one of this garden design project. This is totally understandable especially when you look at the quality of paving that was used.
Clean straight lines are prominent within this section of the design. The natural stone used is accentuated by the clever use of a light gravel around the parameter and furniture that is lifted of the ground helps to give the site a feeling of being more spacious than it actually is. Ornamental grasses, heater, and ferns have been put in the planters bringing movement to the garden. The planters have been under planted with ‘ Queen of the Night’ Tulips.
Phase 2 of the garden design will see a floating chunky wooden deck complete with pergola and contemporary swing seat. A walk way leading to an elevated yet cleverly secluded snug complete with pizza oven and outdoor fire place for those chilly nights. A designated play area for the children is proposed with a bespoke fort and long wild grasses. Chunky wood walkways will link the areas together, they seem to flat effortlessly above the planting. Planting will be a mixture of perennials and shrubs to give all year interest to the garden.
As you can see from the photos the clients really enjoy using the space for family time, BBQ’s and just generally relaxing in the sun.
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