The Japanese principle of wabi-sabi is usually described as imperfection or acceptance of transience. In other words, perfectly imperfect. You’ve no doubt seen it in pictures of Japanese gardens; everything raked, pruned and tidied, with the singular Japanese maple, as in the above photo, which I can only wish were from my garden, dropping its flaming red leaves. Wabi-sabi gardens embrace the rustic, the naturally aged, the chipped and the frayed. Just present it with style. And you can see wabi-sabi in lawns that feature expanses of prairie grasses instead of manicured swaths of lawn. And in fall, embrace the imperfection of naked perennial stalks that provide homes for insects and wildlife during winter.
- Paul MacKay, Andover Garden Club