Zen Garden of Contemplation

Big difference between the traditional Japanese garden ( nihon teien ) or the Zen garden and our European flower gardens: you can not walk to, we are not cultivated, but sits down and the landscape that we contemplate they offer, sometimes miniature. Two styles are available: the purely Japanese garden, which includes plants and moult a water point, or the Zen Garden, minimalist. Inspired small outdoor spaces for meditation of Buddhist monks, the Zen garden is indeed a landscape said dry without water point, that showcases the mineral ( karesansui ), mostly composed of rocks, sand rake worked.

  1. Purpose meditation, reflection and inner peace
    Small, Zen area is well defined, either by natural bamboo hedge (takegaki) or trellising bamboo assembled and tied with a black cord or by wood joists to protect exotic looks.
    fancy a bit of fantasy? The colorful bamboo creates a non-green screen, but color.
    To evoke the mineral, one chooses to have some rocks (ishi ), pebbles or gravel which then symbolize the water in this dry Japanese garden. Some foam, some cushions, a hammock for the most modern, you are ready to relax or meditate.
    Fortunately, this type of garden requires very little maintenance except if you decide to rake the gravel like a monk Buddhist to form undulating waves.
  2. More space: a big step towards the Japanese tradition
    Japanese not (tobi-ishi), such as worn stones collected from the wild, must always be arranged in odd number. They evoke mountain scree or river rocks and allow especially to visit his place of meditation without getting wet feet or kimono. The aim is also to avoid walking on moss and earth. If you have pine trees, they will fit perfectly in your zen corner, because they symbolize longevity. On the ground, choose dwarf or slow-growing species to mimic a miniature forest.
    Here, a winding path of water flowing in a TSUKUBAI (ormizubashi ), the famous little “pool where we look.”Traditionally stone water fed by a bamboo cane or reed, it allows the visitor to purify hands and mouth before the tea ceremony. Here it is iron.
  3. The cultivation of bonsai
    Change of scenery… North Carolina!This pavilion is dedicated to the cultivation of bonsai that the gardener takes care to expound on the rocks.It reproduces and a mountain landscape in miniature, elegantly combining mineral and vegetable.
    Without risk you bring to the rocks in your garden, consider positioning of boulders or slates planted vertically, others horizontally to mimic you as the nine sacred mountains of cosmos.
  4. Why not design a corner?
    A nice zen corner can also be design.He willingly accompanies a contemporary home or industrial style or classic.No need that your home is wood. Everywhere, like here in Australia, it sets the scene: a deck chair, color ink on a wooden terrace, a few plants growing in the rock garden, Japanese statues and beautiful stone wall pierced of a round cut, like a rising sun.Tip: use only natural materials such as wood, wicker, stone.
  5. Dial the plant perspective around a lake
    Perspective is very important in the table and size of the plant as well.Here, a “tree island and shrubs” pruned cloud to let the look, or tray, provides foreground.At the rear, we find most of the persistent deciduous plants or which lend themselves: boxwood, holly, cedar, pine, yew, cotoneaster, Japanese quince. The size gives a venerable air even seedlings. They can then be placed in po t (bonsai) in the ground ( niwaki ). When you have a pond, add a few aquatic plants: reeds, iris for the banks, lotus, water lilies.They brighten the summer came.
  6. A small gazebo to serve tea?
    Want to revamp your log cabin in the garden?On reflection, the project revisit the tea house version is entirely feasible:
  • If possible, remove the front of your cabin or planning sliding doors, keep it in its canopy ornoki in Japanese.
  • have gravel to dig-the gentle slope in the center to install a small pool of water (otherwise the little sea of ​​gravel or sand to evoke)
  • plant-plant a few characteristics of the Japanese garden as you taillerez boxwood ball to mimic a grove and why not a young Japanese maple with its coppery red leaves,
  • ground cover, consider moss, heather, symbolizing the undergrowth,
  • add a winding driveway and not three or five Japanese, some standing stones or lying as a rock, a basin of water with bamboo tube.

Then serve tea!

  1. Revisiting a decorative fountain Japanese Version
    ? What could be more soothing than to recharge from the water, even in a pocket garden
    major element of Japanese gardens, this element is present in all its forms: from the source to the stone water, through the stream or waterfall.Here, a contemporary fountain, Australia, takes a look japonisante by supplying stones arranged around the basin, clipped box balls, but also a nice light show, including a shrub illuminated in red.A magical place to see birds to drink and cover the noise of the city!
  2. Simply zen pergola
    No need to invest in a pagoda to organize a zen corner if you have a pergola, as old as it is!Here, a winding, sandy driveway leads us there, among the ferns.A hedge cut and a large tree, beneath which are placed a few boulders, form the bottom of the decoration.Our advice:
  • The pergola, do not hesitate to run a creeper as a glycine, which will shade you from his drooping clusters,
  • For the choice of furniture, stay in shades and natural materials such as wood, stone, sand color or a mole.
  1. A garden furnitureshiro kuro
    While staying in a diagram of neutral and natural colors, you can also opt for a black and white duo.These colors evoke Japanese culture because they were among the few colors that painters once possessed: the black provided by India ink, white oyster shells fired. It is thought also calligraphy and kimono!
    A few potted ferns, a lantern (toro ) as those originally intended to illuminate the entrance of Buddhist temples, and your little zen space moves into every corner terrace or an interior courtyard.
  2. Mix of styles for a Zen balcony
    Another example development of a Zen area in central Paris.Minimalist and soothing, this balcony end borrows some elements to Asia in a decor that already blends East and West.Of course, bamboos offer a corner of refreshing and soothing greenery.The little green patinated bench and stool are inspired by traditional Chinese furniture. The planks of wood flooring adds a natural element.The chandelier reminds that we should not forget to meditate!
  3. Some koi
    Before this wood and stone residence was built a natural pond to house some koi.They animate the waters of their bright colors and their silent presence.If your zen corner allows, invite you there also some goldfish and attract birds by hanging them a pagoda-shaped trough. By cons, avoid frogs and Asian hornets that will not leave your peaceful haven long!
  4. A simple Buddhist statue Just
    Here, potted palms ferns replacing the pavement, not the Japanese, vines, bamboo or cedar.The arbor is concrete, like the rounded columns, and a basin dethrones the lantern.Yet this very bountiful garden but little flowery, without symmetry or linearity, also discusses the basics of a Japanese garden!
    Always very popular (since the demise of the garden gnome!), The statue of a sitting Buddha, peaceful and meditative illico confer a Zen dimension to your green area.
  5. Or two red chairs planted over a river
    again, the zen atmosphere is created by a pittance.In this bit of garden to Villennes-sur-Seine, the river naturally brings the element water, its rocky edges, the mineral aspect, while the wooden deck, the stairs through railroad, the wood element .All in greenery that lines the floor and rises to heaven.
    The twist is based on two wooden chairs whose color recalls the famous Japanese red bridge that symbolizes the tradition, the separation of the world of gods and of men. To meditate…
  6. Nsolite: a small tea house in a tree
    Beautiful spring view, the season that gives pride to the Japanese cherry trees in bloom, the camellias, magnolias, glycine, before rhododendrons, hydrangeas and irises bring their key summer colors.
    thechashitsu tetsu is a tree house built by architect Terunobu Fujimori. Its purpose is to explore the essential, “the degree zero of architecture.” Thus were born his tea houses clinging to trees, equipped with a stove and a view of nature!
  7. A corner in the middle of nowhere
    As often, the Zen of quiet areas can be most minimalist: a tree branch, two strings and a hanging chair, overlooking the landscape.In the distance, the trees seem… miniatures!