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How to design a Zen garden in my home?

Zen gardens are inspired by the ancient Japanese garden techniques. Zen gardens of the past were used as a space for reflection and meditation. Even today they are particularly appreciated for their tranquil charm. They are a ubiquitous feature of the modern garden design. You may easily design a Zen garden in a small courtyard, on the front yard of your home, backyard or even indoors. By planning a Zen garden in the interior or exterior of your home, you can create a sanctuary of peace and happiness. There is no better place to sit down and enjoy the beauties of the nature than a garden designed by you.

To avoid some of the mistakes associated with the garden designs for residential homes and subsequent expenditure, you may seek expert intervention while planning your Zen garden design. An experienced landscape architect will help you design a Japanese style garden just perfect for the backyard. You will also avoid upsetting the budget of designing your dream garden this way. But you may as well try your hand in designing a stylish Japanese garden just for the sheer fun of it. Before you start on your project, don’t forget to take a detailed measurement of the available space. Choose a spot that receives a reasonable amount of natural light and create a ditch in the ground. It need not be deeper than a couple of feet. 

With a combination of wood and bamboo rafters create a mould that fits into this ditch. If the area to be covered has a generous size, you may need a helping hand from your friends and family members. You may buy prefabricated moulds for this purpose. Buy a quality weed control membrane and spread it at the bottom of the mould. Design a thin layer of broken bricks, concrete and stones on it. Pour a layer of sand mixed gravel on top of the brick layer. This layer should be at least 12 inches deep. Use only horticulture grade sand for this purpose.

Position the potted plants you plan to have here. Cover the top layer with another layer of fine sand. Decorate the visible layer with large rocks and river bed pebbles. These rocks and pebbles resemble the islands of a Zen garden. Draw wavy lines on the fine sand with a wooden rake. You may have moss covered stones in this garden if you wish to. Cover the rock with generous amount of yoghurt mixed with water. Water these rocks regularly for about 15 to 20 days. 

You will soon see the first signs velvety moss covering their surfaces. Once they start appearing, reduce the amount of watering and let them grow naturally. However, do not leave them completely dry at any point of time. Moss thrives on wet surfaces only. To further decorate this space in style, invest in quality bonsai plants, scented candles and Japanese lanterns. Place them in the corners of your garden. Choose a couple of reclining chairs made of wood or rattan. Sit beside your Zen garden and soak in the beauty of the surroundings.

What materials should I buy for my Zen garden in Singapore?

You will need fine sand, rocks, gravel, river bed pebbles - preferably the colourful ones, wooden rake, mulch, weed control membrane, wooden rafters, plants, moss and outdoor lighting fixtures for your Zen garden. Most of these materials can easily be bought from the local stores of Singapore. You may also order these items online. To create the wooden mould, consider recycling some of the older and unused wooden items of your home. Often barn wood or recycled furniture wood can be used to create the wooden rafters. It is an excellent way of decluttering your home and saving some costs in the process.

What plants should I choose for my Zen garden?

You have the opportunity of choosing from a variety of garden plants. Flowering plants like hydrangea, azalea and wisteria look stunning in this setting. They are easy to grow and thrive well in the climate of Singapore. You may also seek suggestions about garden plants from an expert gardener in your area. Fern and orchids are also used to decorate a Japanese style garden. Don’t forget to include bamboo and pine in your list of plants. Their green foliage has a beautifying effect on any type of garden. 

How to maintain my Zen garden in Singapore?

Clean the garden and remove withered leaves and twigs from this space every day. Remove the stones and give them a thorough wash once in 30 to 45 days. Remove the weeds as soon as they appear. You may utilise a solution of vinegar and water to kill them. Don’t harm your valuable garden plants while doing so. Sprinkle water on the leaves of the ornamental plants and clean them with a soft cloth from time to time. 

How to design an indoor Zen garden?

It is possible to design a charming Zen garden within the four walls of your home. Choose a space to design your indoor garden. You may utilise the under stair space, terrace, balcony or even the top of your study table to design a mini Zen garden. You will find plenty of indoor garden design ideas right here on homify. Try to make use of these inspirations. Buy a tray or wooden container. Fill in the tray with a thin layer of gravel. Spread a layer of sand on top it. Decorate the tray with colour pebbles. Place a bonsai or two if the tray is large enough. Create the ripple effect around the pebbles acting as island. You may design a mini Zen garden in less than SGD 150. The bigger Zen garden on your backyard may cost you in the excess of SGD 50 per square foot.