I have designed a variety of Japanese gardens in Dorset with either a Japanese-style design (contemporary or traditional) or just Japanese planting. It is a particular delight to design Japanese gardens based on traditional styles and principles, and I have recently returned from several weeks in Japan researching the various styles of Japanese gardens.


The decision of whether to design a dry landscape garden (sand/gravel & rocks) usually associated with Zen temples to aid meditation, a tea garden (Roji - path to a tea house), a stroll garden (built on a small scale or on larger Daimyo estates), or a small, enclosed courtyard garden (Tsubu) is guided by the size, shape, aspect and gradient of the garden, and of course the requirements of my clients.


As with all gardens the balance is between natural wildness and control to provide those experiencing the garden with a sense of stillness and wonder throughout all seasons, by using views from outside the garden (shakkei), changing views along a path, water/sand/stone streams, asymmetric spaces, rocks and Japanese plants such as plum, cherry, pine, bamboo and azalea.


More information and Japanese items can be found on the following websites:


Ann Balmforth
ann balmforth GARDEN DESIGNS - Your local Dorset Garden Designer/Landscape Architect
If you have any questions regarding the designs please don’t hesitate to contact me.