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How to Upgrade your Garden into an Ultimate Zen Hideout

Posted on Feb 26, 2015

To many people, a garden is more than just a space in your backyard where they plant some grass and a flowerbed or two, because everyone else does it. Those us who truly enjoy the feeling of relaxation that only a garden can give, know that besides plants and the turf, there are other options which make a garden truly unique, a garden that reflects the thought of the owner and gardener. One of those is Zen garden. This short review will try to give an insight into some of the most visually appealing techniques how to transform your garden into a Zen oasis in which you could connect with your inner self.


The Philosophy

The key behind the tranquility and organization of Zen gardens is their uncopiable simplicity. The idea is to create minimalistic setting and avoid disorder. Still, some Zen garden types benefit from a plethora of decorations of plants, but the general backdrop is to arrange them in such a manner that will reflect peacefulness and serenity. The basic function of a Zen garden is to provide a harmonious sanctuary for the homeowners who want to escape from their daily rush and recollect with their memories and pleasant thoughts.

Less is More

Before you start browsing for the materials and decorations, it is advisable to estimate the scope of your new Zen garden. The point is not to make them spacious but to reach harmony and proportion. Maybe a small, secluded corner of your backyard will provide better setting than the whole space. Remember that Zen gardens are usually dry landscapes, which require a lot of sand. You’ll need to make a mold for the sand lest it disperses by the wind and rains. The sand needs to be raked regularly in curving motion that resembles circles in the waters as one of key concepts of Zen.

Still Decorations

In addition to sand, a selection of carefully arranged stones and pebbles will add to the uniqueness of the garden. Larger pieces of rock should be half submerged into the sand, and the smaller ones may be placed on top of those. The idea is to keep balance rocks, as too many of them may transcend uneasiness of the chaos. Symmetry is something we want to avoid in Zen gardens because they should reflect the beauty of natural creation. These can be augmented with Zen features like an oriental lamp or stone fire pits that will provide natural warmth and subtle lighting in colder evenings.

Circles in the Water

Some of Zen garden use water as the crucial element. You can include a small spring-looking looking fountain that ripples and keeps the energy flowing or build a pond that retains the positive thoughts. If you place a humble lantern over the water, the garden will be more interesting during the night with all the reflections and shadows. If your pond is long enough, a curved garden bridge will add the garden a completely new dimension.

Sunny Spots of Greenery

Where there is water, there are plants. If you decide for a lush Zen garden, bear in mind that the perfect balance between yin and yang energy can be achieved by opting for plants with yellow blossoms and those with dark green leaves. Visitors to your garden should walk on tiled or gravel paths which could be arranged as stepping stones, which again contribute to more natural and balanced look and convey the meaning of small steps through life.

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