7 Design Lessons from Japanese Gardens - Watch this short PechaKucha Presentation by Jenny Feuerpeil to see what she learnt as a garden designer from 3 years of working in and studying Japanese gardens: http://www.pechakucha.org/presentations/7-design-lessons-from-japanese-gardens | Real Japanese Gardens
The sound of moving water from waterfalls adds to the soothing nature of Japanese gardens. This stream is punctuated by two waterfalls and ponds. Papyrus, ornamental grasses, and groundcovers bring life to the stream edge.
Japanese gardens rely on subtle color contrast and bold textural differences to create interest. Here chartreuse and green hostas surround the base of a tree while variegated hakone grass softens the edge of the bed.