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A teahouse creates a focal point in this Japanese garden. A stone path leads to the structure, which can be used for traditional tea ceremonies. Light filtering through the sliding shoji panels gives the building a golden glow.
Throw open the shoji panels of the teahouse so that visitors can see the surrounding garden. The entire structure sits on an elevated wooden platform for better ventilation, adequate drainage, and great views.
A Zen garden with boulders and raked gravel lies near the teahouse. Its stunning simplicity makes it a great place to sit and contemplate the beauty of nature.
A side gate to the garden opens onto a serene, shaded corner screened by a bamboo fence and paved with large slabs of concrete inlaid with rounded black stones. Tufts of deep green mondo grass soften the hardscaping.
Concrete steps ensure solid footing on this slope. A sleek, contemporary landscape light at the head of the stairs provides safer footing at night.
Steppingstones create a path through a dry streambed of smooth river rock. The black rocks create the illusion of water flowing through the stream even when conditions are dry.
A curved bamboo fence creates a secure barrier next to a rock retaining wall in a steep section of the garden. Dried bamboo canes are lashed together diagonally with twine to create the diamond pattern.
The patio employs a mix of irregularly shaped stones found in outlying areas of the property to present a pleasing juxtaposition with dark river rock inlaid in concrete. The stonework provides a solid surface for entertaining.
Water is an important feature in Japanese gardens. Here a bamboo fountain emerges from an azalea and provides the soft sound of trickling water as it drips into the hollowed out stone below. Spiky New Zealand flax contrasts with the rounded form of the water feature.