Many homeowners who seek tranquillity in their homes gravitate towards the uncluttered but profound Zen overtones. Balanced, natural and poised – these are the characters that define a peaceful Zen home. Homeowners who want this ambiance pervading their homes can extend this to their outdoor spaces – the gardens, patios, decks, and even in the garden sheds.
The Zen theme garden is getting popular these days. Who wouldn’t want to come home to a peaceful home? Let that ambiance begin from your entry, path, and front yard, and let it surround your home. If you want to relax and stroll through entrancing sophistication to be able to collect your thoughts, relax your mind, and give your body a rest, know the elements of a peaceful garden.
If you know the elements of a tranquil Zen garden, you can DIY your garden during your free time with your family. Here are some suggestions to keep the elements working in your outdoors:
The Purpose: If relaxation of the mind and body are to be achieved, be aware that you need to create an ambiance that can successfully eject bothering thoughts when you are around here. Some of the most important elements in the Zen garden are alive – moss, trees, koi, etc. These make your garden constant growing and changing.
The Design. The architecture of your garden can influence the designs and materials of your paths, walls, and simplistic retreats and garden sheds that can add a touch of Zen. These can define the borders, entrances and exits as well as placements of other elements and structures.
Water. A garden can have either a mythical or a real body of water. A garden with flowing water, like waterfalls and ponds, not only provides visual appeal and diversity, the sound also offers a natural music that lulls mind to relaxation. Further, it lives up to the Buddhist belief of permanent impermanence or a reminder that nothing is constant in this life and world.
Plants. Choosing is often based on symbolism like a pine tree that is a symbol of age and strength, or based on color, beauty, fragrance, and the changing seasons. Flowers are not often preferred in a Zen garden, but iris, lilies, and lotus may be used near water elements being simple. More common are vines and shrubs such as wisterias and azaleas that can be trimmed to mimic symbols and landscape. Do not forget to add bamboo, cherry trees or flowering plum that add color to an otherwise plain garden.
Rocks and Sands. These are the major elements in a dry garden. Sand can mimic water or clouds. Meanwhile, large rocks are symbolic of the ancient Japanese art and practice of stone worship. These usually bear spiritual connotations and are selected and positioned based on their physical attributes such as size, color, and texture.
The Paths and Bridges. These are symbolical elements that link spots and elements in a Zen garden. Wooden bridges or sori-bashi represent the different islands of Hindu-Buddhist cosmology. Meandering paths also purposely slow down visitors to guide them through the garden in a sedate manner.
The success in designing a DIY Zen garden depends largely on your creativity. But, with enormous Internet resources, a little imagination, technique, and interest can help you create a piece of heaven in your outdoor spaces.