The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening in Japan, 1912
Chapter: Chapter 11. Garden Vegetation

Cube shaped bushes

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Cases occur in which similar bushes are cut into cubical shapes, in suggestion of large wrought blocks of granite, or even into multi-arched outlines, representing cascades and torrents. Such fantastic and artificial treatments are, however, somewhat uncommon. In certain gardens, trees or shrubs are trained and trimmed into forms intended to imitate a ship or junk in full sail; even a lantern or a shrine may be represented in such greenery, but these exceptional examples possess always the merit of pourtraying objects not out of place in natural scenery. The hewn stone monument, the junk, the shrine, and lantern, though the product of human handicraft, are nevertheless objects associated with rural landscape.