A Preview of the Key Elements in a Japanese Zen Garden
Japanese Zen gardens are becoming increasingly popular nowadays. This is due to its graceful combination of rocks, plants and water all carefully arranged to give a sense of calm and tranquility. Here are the essential components to bear in mind, in the event that you are thinking about building your personal Japanese Zen garden at home.
Early Japanese mythology places lots of emphasis on stones and piles as the world’s base; hence, the Japanese consider this as among the essential components when designing their Zen gardens. They believe that when the rocks are arranged well, the other parts of the garden will follow as the stones form the frame of the garden. Some ideas would be laying out gray river stone that is uniform in size to form a stream bed or including raked gravel around islands in case you are designing your Zen garden.
Water is looked upon as a vital part of every Japanese Zen garden as it reveals the continuous and constant flow of time. Components of water in the Zen garden are clear in their thin cords flowing through their pond facilities, rocks and the gravel, stone, and sand where water seems to have run dry to symbolize the past time. It may be a great idea to introduce bamboo fountains or falling water in your garden design to enhance the Japanese garden flavor.
The gardens are created to take the guests by way of a route that is carefully designed, since the Japanese culture puts lots of importance on life being a path. Apart from fulfilling cultural requirements, the main purpose of the path in the Zen garden is the unification of the elements of the garden. They also place lots of emphasis In designing architecture that enhances the path. These are made of natural materials such as stone, wood, and metal. Traditional Japanese architecture includes pavilion rock lanterns and wells. You can even have a tea house in the middle of the garden. You can also add your personal touch by integrating bamboo garden fences or stone water jars to provide the impression of grace and lightness.
Each Japanese garden is designed so that the plants follow the stone layout. Thus, rather than letting the plants to order the looks of your design, constantly remember your stone layout in selecting the plants that will create the background and dampen the lines. You can select several types of garden plants to complement the stone layout from conifers to shrubs and blooming trees and perennial forest blooms, to evergreens and local hardwoods.
Besides the minimalism of the Japanese gardens, what many individuals do not know is that the design tries to show the unique relationship between man and nature.