How To Start An Asian Design Garden


Due to cultural interactions among Asian countries, Zen gardens that originated in Japan borrowed elements from Chinese and Korean gardens, which lead to the emergence of specific gardening style. This style became popular as Asian Gardening Style among people. In such gardens, many existing elements come together, individually or in combinations to generate emancipation of Asian Gardening Style. Let’s check out some essential key elements of these Asian garden.

Essential Elements Of An Asian Garden
Essential Elements Of An Asian Garden

Stones And Rocks

Stone and rock compositions are the most significant and vital element in this style of gardening. They showcase power and stability, along with tranquility and serenity. Due to their rough amorphous textures, they create counterbalance with soft visions of elements like sand and water. The resultant contradiction helps in provoking a deep reflection. Stone made lanterns, bridges, pathways, fountains, and stone water basins are a common sight in these Asian garden.

Raked Pebbles And Sand

In landscapes of Asian and Zen gardens, incorporated sections of wavy gravel represent water bodies like rivers and sea. An array of carefully crafted patterns and shallow furrows symbolize ripples of water and induce its dynamics in the landscape of the garden. Crushed beige or white granite is delicately carved with specially made rakes to achieve this effect.

Koi Fish Ponds

Water is another crucial element of Asian gardens that comes in forms of waterbodies like fountains, lakes, ponds or streams, and cascades. They bring charm and character to the garden’s landscape. As mentioned above, water along with the rocks and stone symbolize yin-yang dynamics as they supplement and contradict each other harmoniously. Koi fish is a trademark of any Asian garden design and makes for a great pet. They bring vitality and color to water bodies and adapt quickly to large lakes as well as small ponds.

Essential Elements Of An Asian Garden

Essential Elements Of An Asian Garden

Moss Gardens

Moss can sustain itself in harsh weather conditions and is an only living component of the Zen garden. This unpretentious and calm plant thrives in moist and shadowy places. Moss comes in a broad range of shades like deep dark green to yellowish green and it is effortless to grow and cultivate in water gardens and dry arrangements. 

Stepping Stone Pathways

Carefully selected stepping stones that let you feel and explore the garden are one of the key features in these gardens. As already mentioned, these pathways take you through moss, gravel, grass, and sometimes even through water premises and assist you to discover spiritual secrets of Japanese Zen gardens.

Stone Lanterns

Anything human-made is kept away from these gardens to create serene, harmonious and well-balanced and atmosphere. Stone lanterns are the only man-made element present in such gardens. These lanterns are known by the name ‘pagoda lights’. They come in various structures and sizes with artistic details and decorations. These stone made lanterns come handy for holding candles and oil lamps. They serve as a source of light and as an element of decoration.

Statue Of Buddha

Statue of Buddha is an integral part of any Zen garden. It represents natural and human elements, along with artistic and spiritual expressions. These statues usually sit in secluded spots deep inside gardens. They deliver meditative vibes to the surrounding atmosphere.

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