Zen is a school of Buddhism that emphasises meditation, personal awareness, and enhancing the lives of others. It developed in China, but spread to Korea, Vietnam, and Japan, and is incorporated into all areas of daily life, including gardens.
In the Far East, gardens are used as places of relaxation and reflection, as individuals or as a social group. They can also be created to promote Zen, using gentle and balanced landscape that is simple and effective in achieving relaxation, thought, and personal awareness.
Zen can be promoted in gardens in a number of ways with garden design, usually an amalgamation of natural beauty being gently manipulated into an area that can be explored and appreciated. If you’d like a relaxing, beautiful and inspiring garden, take a look at these ten examples of Zen gardens which will fill you with ideas that can be incorporated into your very own garden:
1. Varying Levels Of Greenery
Nature is the best relaxant, and what better way to enjoy it than to let it be its true self? Let your plants grow into a range of heights, sizes and colours so you can enjoy seeing them complement each other.
2. Tropical Zen Garden
3. Contemporary Yard
4. Simple Lawn Enhancement
5. Up Close Rock Garden
6. A Tidy Forest
If you want to achieve a Zen garden with lots of large trees, a goal to keep in mind is a ‘tidy forest’. A well maintained, naturally beautiful collection of trees that appears vast in height and size compared to your home and garden.
7. Simple Ornaments
8. Keep Things Light
9. Stone And Green
10. Minimal Zen Style
Zen style can be achieved in a limitless number of ways, what you need to do is create a balance and incorporate your own tastes. After all, we are all inspired by different things.