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Japanese Garden, Dry River Bed In BROMley
This was a particular difficult site; a very small, mostly shaded front garden with a large manhole cover and many pipes. Adding to the challenge the 2m2strip to the left is actually the neighbours so can’t be planted on. The brief included incorporating the bamboo. Due to drainage issues on the site, any landscaping had to allow for water to travel into the ground, away from the house. Oh and there was a very limited budget but as they say ‘out of adversity comes creativity!’. Given the bamboo and the drainage issues, a Japanese Garden design was developed.
Dry River Bed Soak-Away
The dry river bed design helps to allow water to penetration the ground away from the house via the river channel and the stones look lovely when wet. Feature stones were added for visual interest, an important element in Japanese garden design and a teak wooden cover acts as a symbolic bridge, whilst allowing access to the manhole. A partially submerged pot with stones adds to the Japanese style whilst adding a water supply for birds, squirrels and insects.
Japanese Garden Planting
The area was planted with shade lovely plants which support the Japanese design; acers (Acer japonicum), ferns (Dryopteris erythrosora), Euonyomus Green Rocket, junipers (Juniperus horizontalis), snow rush (Luzula nivea), box (buxus sempervirens) and pittosporum tenuifolium. The last two will be allowed to grown into each other and cloud pruned. Existing pots and hostas were also incorporated into the design.