This week on Remodelista we looked to Japan for inspiration both inside and outside the home, and on Gardenista we’ve rounded up a flowers, plants, and gardening tools.
Above: This week we visited The Little Shop of Flowers in Tokyo, tucked in a quiet alley near subway station. Shown here hanging from a beam are their own wreaths and crowns of dried flowers.
Above: Looking for an instant fence? Consider a roll-out Misu-Gaki bamboo fence tied with rope. See more on 10 Easy Pieces: Japanese-Style Fences and Screens.
Above: Paperbush flowers, known as mitsumata, are prized in Japan for their bark, which is used to make calligraphy paper. Plant them for an early spring bloom and a heady and delicious scent.
Above: Create a quasi-hallway around an outdoor path with bamboo. For more ways to tastefully incorporate bamboo into your garden, see Bamboo, the Re-Think.
Above: Rakes are essential for gravel gardens and gardens filled with fallen leaves—and for “meditation in motion.” See 10 Easy Pieces: Gravel Rakes for our top picks.
Above: Serenity now: We love this garden in Irvington, New York, created by a Japanese garden specialist to “inspire contemplation.”
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