How to Create a Japanese Zen Garden: Lighting
Lighting is very important when setting the mood anywhere, but especially in a Zen-style garden. You may have to shop online to find what you need, but today there are many specialized tools for creating a Japanese Zen garden. Many of these lamps use oil lamps to save electricity.
Oil lamps or solar powered lamps, great for areas around your seating areas and walkways. Hanging a lantern on a pole or tree branch would be a nice element.
For more intimate table lighting, there’s nothing more soothing than candles. Try a candle lantern on the table or a Zen Garden-inspired candle setting for maximum ambiance and serenity.
How to Create a Japanese Zen Garden: Sand
In an authentic karesansui, or Zen garden, sand plays an important role. To keep this tradition alive in a Zen Garden-inspired garden, set aside an area of the garden to put sand in.
It can be as big or as small as you like. You can even buy or build a small sand garden on the table as an attractive and relaxing center of attention.
Sand parks can contain river rocks, gravel and even grass, but sand usually has no plants. For this reason, the Zen Garden is known as a dry garden. Once you have a box full of sand you will need more time to sweep, something to watch out for from a sand garden.
The rakes are simple ornaments and made of wood, each branch made of small wooden nails that are a few centimeters apart.
There is some real meaning behind the way you place the stones, but if we just want to add to the Japanese influence, arranging sand and gravel will be aesthetically pleasing. Once you have the rocks and sand in place, with a broom in hand, gently draw a straight line, waves and circles on the surface of your sand and you will feel the results. Use this time for quiet reflection.
How to Create a Japanese Zen Garden: Stone
Rocks are an essential element for a garden inspired by the Japanese Zen Garden concept. River rocks and gravel are the most commonly used types of rocks. Small river rocks can be placed underfoot as pedestrian paths.
Larger rocks can be arranged and stacked anywhere in your garden. Like all aspects of a Japanese Zen garden, the principle of minimalism is also important. So do not overdo it with the arrangement of stones, the arrangement should be sparse and interesting. A bed raised with a few stones and well -placed plants can be a great garden focal point
If you have a sand garden, pebbles represent the ocean, and river rocks represent the islands of Japan. They can also represent a mother tiger and her cubs. When placing stones, try to stick with Japanese Zen traditions and face them head-on north and south.
How to Create a Japanese Zen Garden: Water Element
If you think that a Zen garden is best for relaxation, if it doesn’t have a water feature, it’s certainly not done. You have several options for placing water features here, from portable fountains you can buy in stores or online, to full-sized waterfalls or koi ponds.
Dropping a waterfall into a pond is another traditional way to get the best out of a Zen garden.
There are many types of DIY ponds available online and at garden stores in Indonesia. It will take a lot of digging, rubber lining installation and a pump to get it all working. The edges of the rubber layer can then be covered with plants and stones. Building or buying a water feature is a worthy investment if you are looking for maximum serenity.
How to Create a Japanese Zen Garden: Moss
Moss is a common plant found in Japanese Zen-style gardens. These plants can be included in small containers for the garden side or on the coffee table, or used in larger quantities for a striking green effect.
For a healthy, dark green-looking planter, use fern moss, rock moss, or pillow moss. You can also combine other elements of a Zen garden with moss. Use sand and river rocks with moss on top.
Try adding a fern or two to the raised layer of moss and gravel. Allow a sparse and minimal arrangement of moss to achieve the look you want in your Japanese Zen garden. Moss is also good for use as a barrier for roads or on water features.
Moss requires low maintenance once it grows and forms, and all it needs for moss to take root is an area cleared of rock and debris. After growing strong, the moss will really grow well on the rock. Shade and humidity make for an ideal environment for moss to thrive.
How to Create a Japanese Zen Garden: Seating
Seating in a traditional Japanese Zen garden usually consists of beautifully handcrafted wooden benches. As with most things in Japan, there is some meaning behind the design.
The back seats can be intricately carved to represent things like the sun or moon over the landscape. Zen style garden benches can have a back or without a back and can be made from a variety of woods from frame to teak or with bamboo.
You can also buy a heavy stone bench if you don’t mind spending more money. A single seat is an option, or a large bench that seats up to four people.
For the main gathering area, you can include some pillows for added comfort. Try adding a backless two-seat bench along a pathway or next to a sand garden or water feature to make the garden look even more welcoming.
How to Create a Japanese Zen Garden: Plants
Plants are an essential part of any garden. Choosing Zen-style plants can go a long way in creating the Zen look you want. Aside from the basics, like moss and fern, there are plenty of plants that will Zen your garden in no time.
The traditional Japanese maple tree is an excellent choice for your yard. It casts a low, wide pattern with purple leaves. Water wedges, bamboo, tree peony, and Japanese apricot tree are also good additions to this mix. When it comes to your desk area, nothing beats a bonsai tree to help build a Zen-inspired setting.
How to Create a Japanese Zen Garden: Statues And Picture
Zen-inspired statues and sculptures can add a nice finishing touch to your Japanese-style garden. Leave these items for last, once you have elements that are more difficult to put in place like your water feature, living room and raised bed. Don’t go overboard with Buddha and ceramic gongs.
The key is to add some well-placed and tasty extras. Zen style statues and figurines are often made of stone, but can also be carved wood or terra cotta. Jade is a bit more expensive but definitely adds to the Asian influence.
The traditional statue consists of soldiers, horses, elephants and, yes, Buddha himself. Molten rock is another option. A pyramid is just a man-made pile of stones. You can make your own by stacking river stones flat, or buy pre-stacked ones and place them in place.
How to Create a Japanese Zen Garden: Music
Music is the final piece of the puzzle in creating your Zen-inspired garden. Go online or visit your local music store and you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
Traditional Japanese music to inspire meditation and relaxation generally consists of stringed instruments such as the violin or soft wood. Chances are, some of the song titles you have may include words like ‘sunset or sunrise,’ ‘breeze’ or ‘tranquility.’
It’s for good reason – this music sure calms nerves. Some even come with nature sounds playing in the background. An oboe and violin play on the flowing stream, the plucked harp flows on the sound of the wind and birds. If all of this is too new a age for your tastes, you may want to opt for a nice wind chime to give you the soothing sound you want.
How to Create a Japanese Zen Garden: Feng Shui
Nothing is more important to your Zen-style garden than
feng shui – the ancient Chinese art of placement, which translates as ‘wind and water.’ Although it is not of Japanese or Buddhist origin, it can still help you in your quest for inner garden peace.
By working with your garden layout, you can encourage the flow of good chi, the power of energy, which can lead to positive changes in your relationships, health and wealth. Use the natural layout of your landscape to point you in the right direction.
Never make a straight path to and from your home. If you allow it to bend and twist, energy moves more slowly and peacefully. Living space should be supported by shrubs or bamboo to provide privacy. Create balance by combining the colors and sizes of your garden furniture and elements.
Use your accent lighting to add a splash of light in the darkest parts of your garden. And finally, avoid the mess. Imagine a clean and open space that allows the wind and sunlight to flow