Japanese gardens are works of art. Immaculate, serene and perfectly poised, these gardens have often taken a lifetime of study and devotion to produce. And while we may not have much time in our own lives to put aside for learning the gentle art of cloud pruning, intricate gravel maintenance or Feng Shui, we can take inspiration from these life-affirming gardens to bring a little magic, reflection and quiet contemplation to our own outdoor spaces. Take a look at these wonderful Japanese gardens for more inspiration.
Japanese gardens come in all shapes and sizes, from small courtyards to the larger tea and stroll gardens that are designed to be walked around rather than viewed from a static spot. They can include ponds and islands, bridges, tea houses and dry landscapes of sand and gravel (see the Kingston Lacy garden, above) and are full of design and planting ideas that we can try for ourselves.