Stone garden. I love this idea for small back yards!

Wide Dry River Bed with stepping stone pathway and bridge. An idea - instead of wide river bed of all rocks, could do low lying ground cover along edge of the rock river bed

Japan

**Monk descending the temple stairs. Hand-tinted Glass Lantern Slide attributed to Kozaburo Tamamura of Yokohama

I love the little stepping stone path (maybe impractical?) and also the way the screens stop you seeing all the way down - draws your eye along path (could be a good way to distract attention from fence and wall?

Japanese influence

Garden Design Ideas & Inspiration : Love the black outdoor furniture against the graded pebbles. Pinned to Garden Design by Darin Bradbury.

Moss Ball

Moss Ball - moss can be encouraged to grow on a Hypertufa or concrete sphere

http://japanstuff.hubpages.com/hub/small-japanese-garden-design -possibly for the front-

Small Japanese garden design

Creating texture and interest in the garden with minimal plants and different sized rocks. Do something like this to hide septic pump and well cover.

Moss garden inside a small patio. Gary Gladwish Architecture.

My dream house would have a small outdoor garden in the center of the house. -Moss garden inside a small patio. The Eagle Ridge Residence by Gary Gladwish Architecture.

Japanese Forest Grass under Purple Smokebush and above heuchera ...lovely!

The Beauty of Ornamental Grasses

Complementary Colors Create a dramatic display in your garden by partnering contrasting foliages such as purple smokebush, Japanese forestgrass, and 'Palace Purple' coralbells.

~japanese white iris by alida saxon - plant near the dry creek drainage area

053014 White Iris ~ japanese white iris by alida saxon - plant near the dry creek drainage area

Backyard Zen Graden Idea. This would be neat to try something like this! This website has a lot of backyard japanese garden ideas and photos! http://www.houzz.com/designing-backyard-japanese-garden/p/24

Wide Dry River Bed with stepping stone pathway and bridge. An idea - instead of wide river bed of all rocks, could do low lying ground cover along edge of the rock river bed

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