While Zen gardens in Japan are typically very open, I find them to be a great solution to those difficult to plant, heavily shaded areas of the landscape. In fact, many of the plants utilized in karesansui gardens, such as azaleas, mondo, and ferns require shade in Oklahoma. Of course, we cannot grow that amazing moss. Outside of Japan, many karesansui gardens substitute plants that are representative of the forms found in a traditional Japanese dry garden, but are better
Perhaps the most recognizable Japanese garden style to Westerners is the dry landscape garden or karesansui, what we commonly call a Zen garden. The religious association is accurate, as this garden style arose during the Medieval Period between the 12th and 15th Centuries, when Zen Buddhism spread across Japan and greatly influenced garden design. The karesansui garden puts many Zen principles into practice, such as simplicity, profundity and limitlessness. The acts of ga
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Chinese Garden, Huntington Library and Gardens, CA