Japanese Garden Styles

Japanese garden styles are immaculate and tranquil. These zen gardens are dry with an asymmetry layout. Much of the garden comprises rocks, raked gravel paths and steppingstones. Add a water feature or a pond with koi fish and water lilies to elevate your garden to a serene outside space. Green is the overriding colour in a Japanese garden, but you can add a cherry blossom tree for interest. The in-house design team at Acacia Gardens has created a list of ten Japanese garden features you may wish to include.

10 Japanese Garden Design Features

  1. Having an asymmetrical layout
  2. Using stones to form the garden structure
  3. Placing large rocks in your garden
  4. Laying gravel paths and steppingstones
  5. Raking gravel in a wave pattern
  6. Adding a pond with koi fish and water lilies
  7. Showcasing beautiful statues or ornaments
  8. Keeping the colour palette minimal and mainly green
  9. Introducing a cherry blossom tree for colour
  10. Making sure you have a place to enjoy tea

Frequently Asked Questions
About Japanese Garden Styles and Design

A Japanese garden is an asymmetrical, pristine, dry garden with stones or gravel raked into a wave pattern. Rocks, water, plants and ornament are the four elements to bear in mind. If you delve deeper into the history of Japanese gardens, you will discover that there are certain design principles to follow. You may wish to emulate the style without adhering too strictly to these principles. However, following these guidelines may not be possible for British gardens.

Japanese gardens suit modern and contemporary properties.


Rocks, stones and gravel are the fundamental materials. You may wish to include a decked terrace; a black composite decking always looks stunning against the green planting backdrop.

Planting is predominantly green, while the rocks and paths are light natural tones.

Green plants include moss, ferns, bamboo and grasses. If you want to add a splash of colour, opt for a cherry blossom tree.

How Acacia Gardens Can Help
With Your Japanese Garden Design

Our in-house team can create your Japanese zen garden. We can produce 3D plans and a 3D video to show how your garden could look. If you like these ideas, our complete garden design and build package are cost-effective and hassle-free, saving you time and money. You could be relaxing with your family outside sooner than you think. Contact Acacia Gardens today to discuss your requirements.

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