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Japanese seating area

I have a new black composite decking area that needs plants.

I want to make a seating area with a Japanese theme, feel, ambiance. 

Full sun morning, shade as day goes on.

Size - 255cm x 220cm.

Theres a wall behind clad with an old bamboo roll (prefer to keep) 180cm high, this then gets swamped in next doors ivy (which is sort of ok).

A bistro style table and chairs fill the space nicely but will need to repaint or buy new (budgets blown already though)!

Existing plants I want to use -

- Acer palmatum purpureum 140cm tall, not doing great in 35cm pot. Ive seen lots of acers looking terrific in small pots so advice here would be great.

- Acer from Aldi called 'Butterfly?' 65cm tall, doing well in ground.

- Hosta x2 in quite nice round green pots (on theme).

Existing plants I 'could' use-

-various clematis, pieris, lillies, grasses, harts tongue fern, other common fern, I dont have an azaelia but have medium size rhododendroms.

I'd like fragrance too and will use my zaluzianskya.

All  will need to be happy in pots/planters. They could possibly built in but I think I prefer moveable ones.

Feeling excited and looking forward to your advice and comments. Thanks.



  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951

    Oh wow hog house you e got a tea house! it's perfect, and the whole area is so peaceful. 

    Ill try and get some photos in the morning. It is only part of a large decked area so bigger than the measurements really.

    I like the planters by the steps and may use that idea to link another area, I have a wooden box but hadn't thought about painting it black!

    A water feature was something I wanted but maybe not quite a pond in this area. 

    Thinking about your tea house, id love to use the theme instead of the bamboo roll ... but where to start? Others on here, or OH may have a practical idea to achieve that look.

    Last edited: 21 June 2017 22:00:22

  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 5,100

    I love the sound of your project, MrsGarden. I am a big fan of Japanese planting and have a sprinkle of  such plants in my garden - Acers, Rhodadendrons, Ferns, Bamboo and a Japanese Quince. 

    I think the black wood will look striking against some lush greenary such as the Acers, ferns, grasses and Hostas. You could have some subtle pops of colour for each season - Rhododendron in Spring, Lilies in Summer etc. Sounds like you have perfect plants already.

    For a water element, you could have a simple stone bowl with a few Irises or water lily. 

    I hope you post a pic of the finished area...

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951

    Thanks doghouse, I really enjoyed your garden tour (OH will enjoy the instruction video!). I think a tea house wall would be fab (bit worried about the ivy pushing behind it though). 

    Thanks Auntyrach Rach, I have a White Japanese quince Id forgotten about, would it be ok in a pot?

    I'll try to get some photos now.

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  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951

    Not the best photos, difficult to get a sense of the area especially as its unfinished.Basically its huge, with a step down to another hexagon area. Tools, workbench and water but will move and are not permanent features promise!

    Ideas for tarting up the beach hut please!

    We have a metal frame for climbers over the hot tub, space needed to roll lid off.

    Next photos to follow 

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    maybe a pergola over the top (or maybe one corner in a triangle) to provide some shade, it will make the hosta's and Acers happier could grow some jasmine over the top

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,586

    Sounds lovelly we need pics, unless you already have them there and they are OK, beware of Acers and early morning sun, "real" Japanese gardens, should be shady, the conditions aers and rhodos like ideally are woodland edges.  You cant really do it on decking, but my Hubby has made me a minature wooden bridge stained red,over a dry river bed, all my pots are black, they are expeensive though for a big rhodo or bamboo, (I got mine in Aldi, and they are fantastic) seating could be cheaply done couple of cheap stone pots upside down with wooden plank on top.  some sort of water yes, maybe a solar feature of some sort.  (Still waiting for mine!)  I have the latern and a stone Japanese "lion".

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,586

    Ah, the pics have just opped up!

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951

    Lost another post

    Tree hugger great idea for wooden pergola. Think will be ok for shade and quite sheltered too. Got jasmine, thanks for reminder!

    Nanntbeach, I'll keep an eye on Aldi - are the plastic pots ok? 

    more pics on the way when ipad allows!!

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951


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