What is the importance of pathways in a Japanese garden?
Paths are designed to guide visitors through the garden and allow visitors to see the garden from many angles. Designers can hide a view to create mystery or to open up a beautiful vista for a visitor turning a corner on a path. Paths keep visitors from damaging fragile ground covers such as moss and sedum. Paths in the dry gravel gardens also allow visitors to enjoy the garden without disturbing the carefully raked patterns and smooth surfaces. When is the best time of year to visit the Japanese garden? Sansho-en is designed as a public stroll garden. The plants were chosen because their ornamental characteristics appear at different times throughout the year. In spring, crab apples and azaleas are particularly beautiful. In early summer, irises bloom, cattails show off and visitors can enjoy all the various textures and shades of green. In fall, bush clover blooms, cascading chrysanthemums line the walkways, and the leaves of many trees and shrubs begin to turn brilliant colors. Wint