Make it Minimalistic: Designing a Japanese Garden

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zen gardenMost homeowners want to have a yard filled with vegetation and colourful flowers. Garden aesthetics, however, is not always about extravagance. Your garden is your home’s oasis, and it just makes sense to turn it into a space that is conducive for reflection and meditation. If you want your garden to become a haven, moderate distractions and make it minimalistic. Create a Japanese garden.

A Japanese garden follows two core principles: simplicity and consistency. Below are some things to keep in mind when creating your Zen haven.

Manifesting Earthly Powers

A Japanese garden shows rawness and toughness. To embody these characteristics, combine the following elements: wood, stone and steel. You may create a small rock garden at the centre of the yard and let moss grow naturally.

For perimeters, you may use bamboo fencing. Boardwalk recommends aluminium gates if you want a contemporary feel. For the centre of attraction, you may place a bamboo fountain or a pagoda lamp in the miniature rock garden.

More Greenery

Japanese gardens typically do not have much colourful flowers, so you might as well limit your botanical choices. Instead, fill your garden with evergreens. Top picks include barberries, young willow trees, and yews. The garden is also the right venue to showcase your bonsais. To accentuate the greens, you can incorporate flowering and woody plants, such as azaleas and Japanese maple.

Refreshing with Water

To balance the earthly elements of your garden, you may build a small pond on one side of the garden. You may even turn it into a centre of attraction. A small reflecting pool provides a soothing sound of water, which will make your garden truly a space for Zen. You may also put some koi, goldfish and mosquito fish.

These are only some of the things to keep in mind when creating a Japanese Zen garden. If it looks too simple for your liking, you can borrow elements from more elaborate garden designs.