Holistic landscape composition

Balance and variety are key ingredients in developing successful landscapes and here at the Chion-In Temple in Kyoto one can analyse exemplary outdoor space. 

The setting is a building at the base of a small hillside. Key components include the large trees on the hillside adding volume and the low arched bridge crossing the wide pond that runs along the base of the hill. 

Planting then develops the space with mid height acer and cherry trees along the pond gradating the space from the large trees to the low pond. 

The final touch in creating a satisfying holisitic space here is the inclusion of lilies in the pond whose circular funnel leaves add shape and interest contrasting with the slopes and curves of the temple roof and pond bridge.