In summer a Japanese garden is a haven of cool & calm, offering shade and dappled sunlight in a balanced and structured landscape. Add to this the soothing sound of running water (a typical feature in Japanese gardens), a splash of colour, some well-placed topiary and the effect is complete. Many customers ask us about Plants for Japanese Gardens in the UK. Here are a few summer observations from a well-known Japanese garden in London’s Holland Park.
Many shades of green: This effect is beautifully illustrated as a tall cloud tree lingers elegantly among lower growing shrubs, its light green summer foliage delightfully offset against the grey stone and the water.
Many layers of height: At the front, a cluster of formal buxus globes contrast wonderfully with the rugged stone. This is framed by the contrasting green foliage (both colour and texture) of the rhododendrons on the left and mahonia to the right, all under the backdrop of mature Acer trees (Japanese Maple).
A burst of colour: A regular feature of Japanese gardens, the hydrangea adds a burst of summer colour. Don’t forget to keep them very well watered while flowering!
Acers glorious acers: From the tall to the small, no Japanese garden is complete without Acers, which can add depth, structure and colour. Here a full grown mature Acer tree overlooks the impressive water feature…
..and a spreading Japanese Acer looking very pretty with its deep red foliage as it grows out of a bed of soft moss balls inset with stepping stones.