Design & Decor - Landscaping

Get the look: Korakuen garden

Judith Adam, illustrations by Frank Del Vecchio

Bring home the tranquil beauty of this Japanese garden with our easy tricks

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Our version Our 7.5-by-10-metre backyard plot features an open-sided tea pavilion made of natural cedar, with a front skirting of oversized flagstones. The adjacent pond is anchored with a small footbridge and accessed from the garden entrance by a stepping-stone path set in gravel. Framing the tea pavilion are a ‘Fastigiata’ pyramidal eastern white pine and a paperbark maple. A bank of dwarf mountain pine shrubs against a stylized fence and a katsura tree provide Japanese cultural context opposite the pond. 

Plant picks


Paperbark maple (Acer griseum)
Height x width: 7 m x 5 m, full sun
Zone 5


Pyramidal Eastern White pine (P. strobus ‘Fastigiata’)
Height x width: 15 m x 2.5 m, full sun
Zone 4


Dwarf mountain pine (Pinus mugo Pumilio Group)
Height x width: 1 m x 2 m, full sun
Zone 4


Katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)
Height x width: 15 m x 4 m, full sun
Zone 5

Plant picks photo credits, from top: Acer griseum, Ram-Man; Pinus mugo, MPF; Cercidiphyllum japonicum, Fanghong.

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