Traditionally, a Zen Garden does not include many, if any, plants or water. It is Landscaping at its simplest, using Feng Sui or Fengshui to create a perfectly balanced space that allows you to simply relax and enjoy yourself. After a long day of dealing with life, sitting down in your rock garden can be particularly peaceful.
Plants: If you do include plants in your Zen Garden, you will want to look at the auspicious vegetation that is commonly chosen. These include trees like bamboo, peach and pine trees, money, lime and jade plants, orange trees and silver crown. The most popular flowers include peonies, chrysanthemums, plums, narcissus, lilies and magnolias, as well as orchids and lotus flowers.
Furniture: Choose your furniture carefully, keeping with the sections of the garden. Anything placed in the garden should be kept in good repair, as broken items are said to bring sickness, and benches should always be kept to the edges, not exposed in the middle.
Water: While the sand in the garden represents water, you may also want to include a water feature. All water features should be located in the northern section of the garden and may include fountains, waterfalls or fish ponds with turtles or carps in them.
Lights: Lighting should be located in the south, southwest and northeast areas of the garden and represents fire.
Sand: Sand represents water and is often raked into wavy patterns to show the waves.
Rocks: Use of volcanic rocks for mountains and flat river rocks for ponds and lakes creates a balance in the garden. These are frequently grouped in twos or threes, with the occasional random rock to represent spontaneity.
You may have heard of Fung Sui in the home, but it is just as important in the garden if you are looking for perfect balance and a truly authentic oriental gardens experience.
The garden space should be clearly marked in a square or rectangular shape which you can then divide into nine equal parts. This each has a specific purpose and should contain certain items or plants to ensure balance.
Each direction has its own element which should be kept in mind when creating the Fengshui Garden. They are:
Each area should also use specific numbers and colors. Fire squares use red with 9, metal uses white and 6 and 7, wood uses green, 3 and 4, earth uses yellow and brown with 2, 5, and 8, while water uses black or blue along with the number 1.
Following the rules for each of the sections in your Zen Garden ensures that it will be not only beautiful, but peaceful and well balanced in energy, as well. This will be a space where you can let your troubles slip away and truly relax, whether you opt for only a rock garden or a Fengshui Garden that includes flowers and benches placed at strategic Feng Sui points. Fung Sui has been used for centuries in homes and gardens and is a real art.