A personal utopia: Tips on including essential plants that will make your home garden feel zen
Zen gardens have originated in Japan to help Zen Buddhist monks in their daily meditation and contemplation. These gardens built on large areas enabled them to relax, reflect, and meditate.
With our hectic schedule and stressed-out life, more and more people are showing interest in converting their home gardens into zen gardens. Yes, there is a shortage of space and time, and that is why people are finding out new techniques to make their home garden to feel zen. And, the best part is these garden is that they do not require much maintenance, so you can focus more on the relaxation side.
Tips to make your zen garden
Let’s look at some of the tips that will make your home garden feel zen
Simplicity is the best part of this garden: Since the concept of the zen garden is to have sufficient space around the plants, do not congest the place with too many plants. This simple tip can make your home garden look more prominent.
If you enough space, frame your garden with maples, bamboo with twiner plants etc. Cover the landscapes with gravel, rocks, and stepping stones to having the actual effect of a zen garden. Moss in between the pebbles and plants adds variety to the color and showcase the different shades of green.
Take inspiration from Japenese tea gardens and temple gardens.
Keep away bright and neon-colored lights as these cause distraction.
Essential plants for your zen garden
Some of the Essential plants that can help you to make your home garden feel zen include
Japanese maple does not grow longer than 6m, and they are ideal for a home garden. They are soothing with green leaves, which doesn’t disappoint you in the autumn too; when the leaves turn yellow-orange and if you look from a distance, they seem to glow.
This plant has become an essential part of the Japenese culture and growing them in your home garden will bring the right zen vibes to your home. But, do not purchase the running type as they are invasive. Go for the dragon bamboo which does not grow more than 7 feet tall and can be used for fencing when tied with twiner plants.
Very commonly found in the woodland areas of Asia, they can grow perfectly under the sun or in the shades. There are different species of lilies like Lilium leichtlinii is a golden yellow recurved flower with brown spots; Lilium speciosum is commonly available as a pink cultivar; Lilium longiflorum is a tall, strong fragrant white flower of a trumpet shape. You can keep them in your garden pots also, but make sure that you surround them with sand to help drainage.
Black mondo grass
Unlike grass, these leaves are black in color and are best for bringing variety in your home garden. This black flora is low-growing, and its leisurely spreading habit creates a perfect foil for other brightly colored plants. You may also find some small purple flowers and blackberries growing on it. It grows best on moist soils in full sun but can also endure shade.
It is not beauty in itself, but it helps in enhancing the beauty of your garden. This Japanese woodland plant is beneficial for covering the ground and slowly inhabits other vacant areas without causing damage to any other plants growing there. Grow them a shade, or else the leaves will bleach. It also has small white flowers during the early summer.
If you have space and can afford to create a water garden in your home, lotus plant is the must. Or you can also place a mud pot in your home garden grow lotus plants there. Its beauty is going to be a feast your eyes with some varieties of leaves which are approximately 3 feet in diameter.