The Perfect Accents for a Zen Garden

In recent years, one of the trendy styles in modern day home designs incorporates the zen garden.  With the calm, serene and balanced nature of zen-inspired home designs, it is not difficult to see why most people like them.  Modern lifestyles deprive most people of the simple, yet important things in life.  To attain serenity and balance at your home, you can create a zen garden that express the cosmic beauty in a worldly environment.

1. Plants, Flowers, Bamboo

If you have a garden already, you do not need to fully change the existing flower arrangement and design.  You only have to modify some parts of it as to achieve a zen look.  So, the first step to take is to check your garden decor and accents and see if some will work with a zen-inspired garden. By adding flowers like lotus, orchids and similar looking ones, a zen theme is already being established. Also, bamboos are one of the best accents to achieve a zen look for your garden.

2. Stones, Rocks, and Pebbles

Stones, rocks and pebbles are always present in zen gardens.  These accents work as the stepping stones in certain parts or are used to line some areas of the landscape – especially white stones and pebbles. Having plants all over the place will make your garden look common and ordinary. However, by just lining some white stones and pebbles in its base area, you will find that the garden design looks zen already. The combination of shrubs and rock groupings imitates a classic scene of waterfalls, mountains and valleys, adopted from the Chinese landscape painting. Some of these also incorporate hills and other existing "borrowed scenery."

Rocks and other larger-sized stones work well as accents in parts of the garden where it looks a bit bare.  So, blending these rocks together with some greens plants sprouting beside them creates a whole new different look for the garden.

3. Little Zen Statues Add Personality

Zen gardens can go without statues, but these add a personal touch to the design.  The kinds of statues chosen for the garden, such as humorous statues of animals in human meditating positions or traditional ones depicting dragons, frogs, and the likes, say something about the owner of the garden, thus adding personality to it.

4. Lights to Complement the Garden Decor

At daytime, your zen garden will look beautiful without any lighting, but lights are a necessary element of the garden décor at night. You have many options on what to use to light your garden – firefly lights, hose lights or lamps that you perch on the ground as permanent fixtures in your garden.  These lamps usually have zen designs like four tiered pagodas or similar accents.

Basically, the zen philosophy is about balance, harmony and the attainment of enlightenment.  In searching for the perfect accents for your zen garden, remember to pick those that promote balance, peace of mind, and serenity.