My 'take' on a Japanese tea garden is not a typical one.
This is mainly because it's my main route to the stables several times a day; the traditional stepping stones of a tea garden would not practical. Instead, I have created a central path (lit at night by the four lanterns alongside) and offered alternative stepping stone routes.
The aim of a tea garden is to create a tranquil environment which brings one attention from everyday life concerns into the present in preparation for the tea ceremony.
Fencing creates a confined space, as is often the case in tea gardens. Planting is quiet and un-jarring, featuring more foliage than flowers, trees for shade (which still have some growing to do), muted colours, little scent and only naturalistic pruning methods. The basin feature, with its Oribe lantern (often associated with less conventional designs), is another traditional feature - as is the destination of the 'tea house' (summerhouse).