3 Features of a Simple Zen Garden

By Jessica Furniss, June 26, 2015 | In Home Design |

Many Americans seek calm and peace in their outdoor living areas. After the hustle and bustle of the busy work day, we enjoy coming home and relaxing outdoors. In the last several years zen gardens have become more and more popular as home owners strive to create the perfect outdoor oasis. So today I want to share with you 3 features that will help you create your own peaceful zen garden.

1. Water or Rocks

bamboo fountain

In traditional Japanese zen gardens, mini landscapes are created. The small garden will have miniature elements that represent larger scale landscapes. Water features usually come in the shape of a pond with koy fish and lotus flowers, a fountain, and even rocks. Rocks are used to represent water in many gardens where water may not be practical.

2. Statues

garden gnome

Statues play an important role in the traditional Japanese zen garden. Creating the perfect zen garden will be different for each individual. It is important to get statues that represent you and your beliefs or ways of thinking. Traditionally the statues are placed in the garden facing the home. This is done to allow visitors to overcome negative emotions.

3. Lanterns

Japanese Garden in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Japanese Garden in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

No relaxing garden can be complete without soft, gentle light. Lanterns are the perfect type of light for a zen garden. Traditionally used as a symbol of reverence, many modern gardens use lanterns to light up paths, illuminate water features, or simply add warmth and comfort to the zen garden. Solar lanterns have become very popular due to their small environmental footprint and simplicity.

These are only 3 features that play a role in creating a zen garden. Your perfect zen garden can only be created by YOU. Choose features that fit your style and you will create a perfect peaceful area to enjoy every day.

 

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