We all get stressed out at times, and that’s why it’s so important to have a space where we can relax and unwind, where we can feel calm and safe. For some, that space will be inside the house, perhaps in a bedroom or bathroom. For others, it’s the garden that provides much-needed downtime. If this is the case for you, you’ll want to make your garden as zen as possible so you can make the most of the time you have to yourself. Read on for some great ideas about how to make your garden more zen.
A zen garden has a few very specific elements within it; this is not just a ‘nice’ garden or a pretty one. If you’re opting for zen, you must ensure you include rocks, for example. There is a lot of symbolism within zen gardens, and the rocks you use are important; upright stones are meant to represent trees, arches are for fire and flat stones are water. You must have all these elements together to bring balance into your garden and ensure it really is zen and, therefore, a calming place to be.
Start by creating a space for your rock garden. Ideally, there should be no lawn, and, instead, you’ll want raked gravel or sand. The rocks can then be placed on top. Although you can choose the layout, remember to have some of each type of stone included. You can place plants between the stones, but this is not strictly necessary, being, rather, a matter of personal taste.
Install A Pond
Water is always a soothing sight and sound, which is why it’s an ideal element to add to your zen garden. You can start small, if you prefer, with a water feature surrounded by stones, as mentioned above. However, to really make your garden a peaceful place, the best thing you can do is go to a pond centre and find a great pond to install. Ponds are great when it comes to zen because you can add many things to them that all add up to something wonderful.
For example, you might create a steppingstone path to the pond or perhaps put a small bridge across it. You can also choose to have fish, such as koi, since watching them is relaxing. No matter what additions you make to your pond, remember that it needs to be calming for you, so make sure you understand how to take care of it so it always looks its best.
Plant a Blossom Tree
There are various types of blossom trees, but the one that will thrive best in the UK’s climate is the cherry blossom. This is also the typical tree seen in Japanese art, and it’s gorgeous all year round, whether it’s showing pink and white blossom, bright green leaves, or bare branches.
Imagine being able to sit under a cherry blossom tree on a wooden bench or gaze at one from the window of your own home. There is no doubt this would help your garden be more zen: blossom trees are a great addition to any garden if you want to make them calm and relaxing spaces.
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