The left side garden compartment

For your orientation, the groundplan is available in the Design the architecture section of the Specifics on the realization of Tsubo-en chapter.

An important aspect of the Left side garden is that it connects the front garden compartment with the water front compartment. In the left garden we also have the garage side-door, hence its utilitarian use. And of course here we have our herb garden.

This gives a look into the left garden as seen from the front garden.

This photo still shows the Ilex (Dutch: hulst) (left) as hedgerow.
After this almost died, it was replaced in 2008 by Thuja occidentalis "Braband".
See: Miscellaneous plants.

The hedgerow of Thuja occidentalis "Braband" will be clipped straight like a wall.
A winter impression. 0792
The Nothofagus antarctica has a slender trunk with an attractive scaly bark and very small leaves (see:Deciduous trees).

It is now getting shape and will be trained and pruned to get layers and islands.

In the first six years we used bamboo poles and ropes to force the tree to grow into a particular form. Most Westerners do not like the view of this.
Japanese often make elaborate constructions to force a particular growth form. Binding trees is not only used to shape their growth but also to provide additional support against strong wind and the weight of snow on the branches. The Japanese do not mind the look of it. They just "look trough it".
Here the first part of the left garden, also seen from the front.
To the left you just see the Nothofagus antarctica. Under it a Skimmia.

The three evergreen trees that you see from front to back are discussed in: Evergreen trees and in Fukinaoshi, "to re-do" overgrown trees.

1844 The Cryptomeria Japonica "elegans" (sugi) just after its first major pruning for lateral growth (fukinaoshi) 15 [d], [12].
The Cryptomeria as seen from the "study". In the backdrop the just renewed hedgerow of Thuja occidentalis. 1854

Following the pathway we walk along Hako-zukuri shaped buxus.
In the back, against the fencing, you can just see the vine (Vitis "vroege van der Laan").


Like in most of the garden the path in this compartment is made of cut granite.
0791 This is how the path looks in winter.

Herb garden

In the back of the left garden we have made room for a herb-garden. The herb garden has as much as possible been brought in style with the overall garden design and the application of hako-zukuri.
Part of the small "herb garden terrace" is just visible at the bottom of the photos.

The herb-garden seen from the roof. As you see it nicely fits the overall style.
0064 Looking back from the water front this is how the herb garden looks from a low viewpoint.

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