Photo of a modern backyard garden in Kansas City.
Japanese ‘dry’ gardens
Rocks and stones are fundamental to Asian gardens. The Japanese concept of karesansui, meaning ‘dry landscape’, has taken off globally as a way to use small spaces, reduce water consumption and provide a calm environment. Sand or fine gravel, raked into ripples, represents ocean waves, while rocks symbolise islands. Moss is sometimes included, but no other plants or trees. - lizbill