Natural gardens are one of the simplest styles of Japanese gardens. They rarely use ornaments like lanterns or statues, and in place of bridges, gardeners often lay a few flat stones to help visitors cross over any water. Natural gardens try to replicate a woodsy scene as closely as possible. Their designers believe that the feeling of being alone in a forest encourages deep thought and peace of mind.
Natural gardens usually have a full overhead canopy created by unpruned trees, so they are full of shade-loving plants like ferns, bamboo and azaleas. The paths are not sketched out or paved but are formed with a natural substance like dirt, which makes them appear untrodden. Although they might be very close to civilization, these gardens are designed to make you feel as though you are a million miles away, both physically and mentally.