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Gardening in Japanese culture

The thousand-year-old Japanese culture has embraced gardening since its inception. While in the West it is considered by most people to be a cheap, if not a poor hobby, interest, in Japan it is completely the opposite. Gardening is considered a noble and relaxing passion, which grants benefits, first of all, to the environment and, in addition, also to those who practice it. With the right attention and the necessary care it is possible to create a place full of colors, capable of enhancing the surrounding environment by giving it that perfect atmosphere of serenity, which every environment would need. All this is possible thanks to the typical characteristics of this culture: balance and simplicity. The plants used are never redundant or exaggerated, this is why certain places are recommended for their cultivation; therefore, avoid places where the atmosphere does not suit these plants. Be careful not to get confused with the Zen gardens, quite another thing.


In addition to carefully choosing which type of plant to grow, it is necessary to know the right procedures for a correct positioning of the latter. As you well know, Japanese treesthey are not small plants or poor shrubs, but large trees, which need a large external environment. Of course, as with all plants, there are rules to follow in order to best cultivate these trees: – Never follow straight lines as regards the location; it is preferable to follow sinuous lines, in order to create a harmonious environment. – If before we almost forbade the symmetrical placement along straight lines, now we also advise against an orderly arrangement, by color or size of the plants. – A heartfelt advice is to arrange the trees according to the variety; better to alternate completely different plants rather than creating a series of trees that are all the same. – Sinuous, free and varied arrangements are the starting point for an excellent cultivation,

Japanese trees


We propose below the most beautiful Japanese trees to grow and care for. RODODENDRO The Rhododendum is native to both European and Asian areas. It is not a very large tree as it reaches one meter in height; the foliage widens outwards. The leaves are oval and of considerable size, with dark colors in the upper part and lighter in the lower part; in addition, they are rough. The flowers have the shape of bells, come in small groups and differ in various colors. The Rhododendron blooms between spring and summer. Prefers cool or mild temperatures. ERIOBOTRYA JAPONICA Eriobotrya Japonica is a Japanese treeimposing and is better known as the Japanese medlar. The main feature of this plant is that it is part of the evergreens, moreover, it is native to China and Japan. If this tree grows spontaneously it can reach up to ten meters, while if followed it can be contained. The leaves are long and the fruits are yellow or orange.

Prunus


Prunus, better known as Japanese Cherry, is one of the most famous trees in the world. In the world there are more than a hundred species, but in Italy only about twenty grow. The climate it prefers is the mild one. It is a tall tree capable of reaching even six meters in height; the leaves are of intense color and elongated shape. The flowers are particularly delicate and can take on a white or pink color; the scent they emanate can be recognized from meters away. The Japanese cherry is par excellence the plant that best represents Japan and its gardens; in ancient times when the Japanese empire conquered new territories it used to plant cherry trees to claim those lands as their own.

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