An outdoor Zen garden can transport you to a zone of peace and meaningful contemplation. If you want to create a Zen garden of your own, consider these ideas for a meditative setting:
Elements of a Zen Garden
Each element of a Zen garden has its own significance. Rocks represent the “skeleton” of the earth. They’re supposed to appear as if they’ve been in the garden for eternity. Carefully pruned plants signify an ideal state of nature. Water elements are included to represent a state of purity.
A Small Pond
A serene pond with brightly-colored fish can be a gorgeous focal point for your Asian garden. You can enjoy afternoons spent lingering by the edge of the water and watching the movement of the fish. Plants positioned at the periphery of the garden serve to frame it within a natural context. Try planting shrubs that can be sculpted or flowing ferns to beautify the space.
Pathways can take many forms in a Zen garden. Typically, they are formed through stone or gravel. Consider the destination of your pathway as you select its location. Each footfall on your pathway can become a part of a walking meditation or journey.
Create a gently sloping small footbridge or ramp made of wooden slats. This can enhance the feeling that you’re taking a peaceful journey. Your bridge can move over water or it can simply become an element of your path.
The purple and red leaves on these delicate trees deliver a sumptuous burst of color to an Asian garden. These trees grow best in a location that has sun throughout the day. This helps to deliver enough energy to the tree’s delicate leaves.
A carefully chosen stone or sculpture can help to add a feeling of permanence to your Zen garden. Sculptures can be included as focal points or as elements nestled away amidst feathery plants.
Sponzilli Landscape Group can help you to create the garden design of your dreams. Our level of service and attention to detail will make your landscaping experience a peaceful one, as we create your zone of harmony. Contact us when you want to create your ideal outdoor landscape.