article: Choosing a Water Garden Style
Choosing a Water Garden Style
Before you begin choosing the plants that you want to use in your water garden,
you need to figure out what kind of atmosphere and the style of water garden you
want to create.
There are many choices out there for a water garden, two of then are Japanese or
Oriental flavor. These are popular with koi-keepers. Not only because koi are
associated with Japan, but also because they architectural. A subtle setting
will enhance rather than distract the from their shape and color. It is a
structured, but informal style. This is idea for small gardens or a secluded
corner of a larger area. Japanese gardens are a peaceful retreat from the stress
and hubbub of everyday life. The gentle feeling of harmony that it creates with
foliage rather that bright flowers, and a pattern of greens and grays relying on
leaf shape and size for variety.
The Japanese water garden looks good all year round, but is striking in the
spring and autumn. This is when it blazes into color. Japanese varieties of
trees, such as Acer, which is a maple and Prunus, which is a plum and cherry
tree, are often grown for their beautiful blossom in the spring and the gorgeous
color in the autumn.
The surrounding area of your pond is an essential element of the total design of
the Japanese water garden. The pond is spectacular when it is surrounded with
rocks, stones, or boulders. These combined with a few Japanese style plants such
as bamboo or a small Acer will instantly create Oriental atmosphere. This type
of water garden could be adapted to either a small patio pool or a large
informal pond landscaped in the lawn.
Oriental water garden are different from the ones of Japanese style because
there are more plants planted rather than just foliage or trees. If you intend
to grow marginal plants species that will grow with their roots in the
waterlogged soil at a ponds edge, you should contain the plants in containers or
build a retaining wall. You could also try one or two of the vigorous water
lilies. They will have to be of a deep-water variety and supported so that their
leaves and flowers are just level with the surface of the water.
Your choice of furniture or ornaments surrounding your water garden should stay
with the same theme that you have chosen for your garden. This will continue the
feeling throughout your yard and be even more creative