How to make a miniature Japanese garden

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How to make a miniature Japanese garden
Keep Japanese gardens simple. (yuriz/iStock/Getty Images)

The Japanese design and create miniature gardens in an attempt to reproduce a natural Japanese scene, using a variety of materials and miniature plants no more than about 10 cm (4 inches) tall. Think small and try your hand at your own miniature Japanese garden.

Things you need

  • Japanese style dish, at least 20 cm (8 inches) in diameter, and a minimum of 5 cm (2 inches) deep.
  • Miniature ground covering such as decorative grasses, Irish moss, tiny succulents or lemon thyme
  • Sand
  • Multi-colored pebbles or terrarium rocks
  • Small stones
  • Potting soil
  • Bonsai tree, miniature rose or anything small enough to represent a tiny tree
  • Miniature bridges and statues
  • Small pieces of balsa wood for fences
  • Tiny shards of broken china or tile for pathways
  • White sand or white powder

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  1. 1

    Plan ahead for your miniature Japanese garden. A Japanese garden should have tiny Japanese bridges, a pond or stream and miniature trees. A formal Japanese garden will have simple pathways and sculptures.

  2. 2

    Lay a foundation of damp potting soil 2.5 cm (1 inch) deep and cover the potting soil with a layer of sand.

  3. 3

    Add more sand where needed to mold mountains and hills. If desired, sprinkle some white sand or powder on mountaintops to represent snow.

  4. 4

    Place some small stones in the Japanese garden.

  5. 5

    Plant the small tree and the ground covering of your choice.

  6. 6

    Arrange the sand to appear like streams running between the stones and mountains, and place the miniature bridges over them.

  7. 7

    Leave your miniature Japanese garden as is, or add more embellishments if you desire.

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