Japanese architectural style and interior design are always interesting to discuss. The concept is minimalist nuanced certainly not difficult to apply in tropical countries. One important residential element and is becoming a trend is the Japanese dry garden.
You don’t have to have a large house if you want to create a dry Japanese garden. Come on, just follow the following seven simple tips and tricks to produce an attractive garden and in accordance with the conditions of the house.
1. Make use of the remaining space or land at home
Japanese-style dry garden can be made by utilizing the remaining space or land at home. So, you do not have to prepare a special large-sized land. You can use the remaining land under the stairs, around the kitchen, backyard, or side yard. The size of the garden can be adjusted according to the available space. That is why the dry garden is very suitable for modern small-sized dwellings.
2. Setting Up Limiting Components
Don’t forget that the dry garden area must be bounded so that it is separated from the rest of the house. You must consider the height and material to be used for the limiting component. In general, people use a partition in the form of rocks to distinguish between dry garden land and home interior land. However, you can also use other materials such as wood that is waterproof so that the appearance of a Japanese dry garden in your home becomes more attractive.
3. Choosing Types of Plants That Can Grow in Dark Places
The location of the Japanese garden at home is not necessarily exposed to maximum sunlight. Therefore, you should choose plants that are easy to care for and can grow in dark places. Types of plants suitable for dry gardens include:
• Different types of grass (mini elephant grass, Japanese grass, and typha)
• Cactus, succulents, aloe vera, and duck fits
• Various types of ferns
• Tongue in-law (sansivieria)
4. Selecting fertile planting media
In order to support plant growth, you must choose a fertile planting medium when creating a dry garden in the Japanese style. The combination of soil, husk and sand can be the best combination to maximize plant growth. Furthermore, you can do fertilization every three to six months so that plants in the dry garden are always fertile.
5. Organize the Form of Plants Regularly
Limited land capacity for Japanese-style dry gardens does make you have to be more painstaking tidying up. Try to prune the plants regularly so that they stay neat and not too large in size. If your budget preparation is adequate, you can maintain mini-sized bonsai plants and easy maintenance. Learn how to care for bonsai carefully so that your bonsai grow healthy even though its size is still mini.
6. Completing the Dry Garden with Gravel
You have to find a way so that the Japanese dry garden at home does not make the floor easily dirty. One practical way you can do is to use gravel to cover the soil in the garden. Gravel will minimize ground splashes when the garden is watered or when it is exposed to rain. In addition, the use of gravel will also add an artistic impression to the home.
7. Adding the Right Decoration Ornaments
Japanese dry garden design is identical to the minimalist impression. However, that does not mean you should not add decoration elements to perfect the design. You can use natural stone walls, hardwood floors, or coral sprinkles in several different colors. These decorative elements will make a dry garden look more alive and not monotonous.
If you plan to create a dry garden at home in the near future, make sure that you can commit to taking care of it regularly. Do not let the dry garden be neglected until it has been infested with pests (ants, rats, fleas, and other pests) so that it disturbs the interior comfort of your home.