This balanced garden has a natural and asymmetric pond. Ponds are common in Japanese gardens. These ponds often have koi fish in them. These fish can bring even more wonderful color and life to your space.
7 Design Lessons from Japanese Gardens - Watch this short PechaKucha Presentation by Jenny Feuerpeil to see what she learnt as a garden designer from 3 years of working in and studying Japanese gardens: | Real Japanese Gardens
Japanese gardens rely on subtle color contrast and bold textural differences to create interest. Here chartreuse and green hostas surround the base of a tree while variegated hakone grass softens the edge of the bed.