The Japanese rock garden or “dry landscape garden”, often called a zen garden, creates a miniature stylized landscape through carefully composed arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, pruned trees and bushes, and uses gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water. A zen garden is usually relatively small, surrounded by a wall, and is usually meant to be seen while seated from a single viewpoint outside the garden, such as the porch of the hojo, the residence of the chief monk of the temple or monastery. Classical zen gardens were created at temples of Zen Buddhism in Kyoto, Japan during the Muromachi Period. They were intended to imitate the intimate essence of nature, not its actual appearance, and to serve an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life.
Zen gardens were first developed during the 8th century and often mimicked the gardens of China’s Song Dynasty. Tiny lakes and islands covered with moss and precisely manicured grasses and shrubs combined with larger rocks and gravel beds intended to represent nature’s spirit on a more intimate scale.
These gardens are meant to be experienced from a single point outside the garden walls, and are often thought of as still, petrified landscapes. These Zen gardens were chosen for their historic significance as well as their simplistic beauty.
1. CREATE DEPTH THROUGH LAYERS
A scene can be layered by color, materials, textures, shapes, use these in the pursuit of balance.
2. SIMPLE REFUGE, PEACEFUL CALM
In a highly fast-paced world the Zen Garden represents a beautiful point in which one chooses to simply stand still, to concentrate and focus, to find peace.
3. MINERAL ZEN GARDEN DESIGN IN CONTROL
4. OCEANS OF RAKED SAND
5. ORGANIC GARDEN LANDSCAPE DESIGN
6. BAMBOO GARDEN NOURISHED BY WATER
7. COURTYARD WITH A BALANCED ZEN CORE
8. SMALL YARD ZEN GARDEN LANDSCAPING
9. OASIS OF SERENITY
A small backyard transformed with water features and lush vegetation seeking balance whilst offering one peace and calm.
10. OCEAN OF SAND AND GRAVEL
Zen Gardens ought to help one find peace, concentration, it is traditionally a focus point used in Buddhist thought and meditation, quiet, peaceful contemplation. Writers and artists have often talked about how the methodical raking helps them find creativity.
11. ROCKY LANDSCAPE AND WATER
12. WATER AND LUSH VEGETATION
Water can define a place, being interpreted as mineral or actually being water are two different things in materiality yet how you perceive and understand it is truly important.
13. MINERAL WAVES OF GREAT SIMPLICITY
14. A Zen Bath Tub in the Backyark Garden .
15. OCEAN OF SAND NESTLED IN VEGETATION
Zen Gardens have no certain scale, they`re present in huge expansive spaces just as they are in miniature desktop gardens, small portions of backyard are commonly transformed in peaceful, quiet spaces.
16. Zen Gardens Rock and Sand Water Patterns
A Zen Garden ought to be perceived from a certain angle, they`re not designed to be simply gazed at, every stone and sand pattern is shaped to obey certain perspective points thus creating balance. A stone that simply leans on one side ought to have a rock nearby to aid it, support it. Flat horizontal rocks are also more common than vertical rocks as they further emphasize balance.
17. DETERMINE YOUR BALANCE
18. CONTRAST BETWEEN ELEMENTS
Any space can shelter the striking form of art, meditation is something that you choose to do not something you ought to expect from the design itself. The contrast between the elements, the presence of the mineral can help one concentrate and focus indirectly, the ambiance seeks to balance itself with all its components, you included.
19. BLEND VEGETATION WITH MINERAL COMPONENTS
20. VEGETATION AND WATER
21. Wood Deck Tabletop Sculptural Outdoor Fountains
22. Art Gray Sculptural Outdoor Fountains
23. SAFE PASSAGE EMBRACED BY STONE AND GREENERY
24. PATH THROUGH GREEN HEAVEN
25. PEACEFUL LAYERS
Transitions can be envisioned bold or seamless, equilibrium ought to define them regardless.
26. SERENE ZEN GARDEN IN EQUILIBRIUM
27. Zen Asian Gardening Hand Tools
28. Landscape Zen Garden Sand Wooden Planter Stands
29. Pebbles Contemporary Deck Tiles and Planks
The water mirror anticipates balance in the form of raked gravel, rocks and punctual vegetation. The splendid setting here is animated by light as well.
30. SIMPLE BACKGROUND TRANSFORMED
Water, wood, stone, gravel and vegetation tailored to channel calm and peace.
31. A dry Zen Garden with a bridge over the gravel
32. Zen Garden with Japanese style roof