They were carefully displayed in special decorative pavilions dotted about the main gardens and it seemed to me that they were typically Japanese in the way they aimed for perfection through artifice. Nothing like an English herbaceous border which is about glorifying nature in all its profusion.
Here’s some pictures to show you what I mean. See if you agree.
This is a single chrysanthemum plant grown in a special frame that supports every flower individually. The technique, called ozukuri or thousand bloom, was developed at Shinjuku Gyoen. The largest recorded ozukuri chrysanthemum had 2,200 flowers.
I always go to Shinjuku Gyoen when I am in Tokyo. It is the equivalent of Kew Gardens in London, and just as Kew has a Japanese garden, Shinjuku has a French formal garden and an English landscape garden as well as a traditional Japanese garden and 20,000 trees.