A garden should be a place of beauty and of relaxation. A Zen Garden contains many different pieces to represent different things and provide meaning.
A Zen garden usually has rocks to symbolize mountains, water in the form of a fountain or pond and other elements like moss groundcover create a permanent beautiful garden.
Most of the work that goes into creating a Zen garden is planning. Planning is crucial because the garden is not meant to be haphazard, showy or busy.
Zen gardens typically contain eight elements, bridges, islands, flowers or plants, sand, stones, trees, water and waterfalls. Do not get to worried, these are all attainable qualities.
Each element retains meaning, bridges symbolize change and transition in life while plants or flowers mimic natural landscape. The most well known aspect of the Zen garden is the pattern raked sand. The pattern usually symbolizes water and a bigger connection to the world.
In a Zen garden, there can either be sand or water. Water provides a relaxing meditation area or beautiful feature, depending on your take of the garden you wish to create. Lastly, trees symbolize long life and add color to your garden.
If you opt for the waterfall, you can use a fountain, or create a simple fall that cascades over rocks and into a pond beneath the bridge. Waterfalls symbolize how change occurs when it looks to stay the same.
Sunset Landscaping has many different types of trees and plants along with other supplies to start your Zen garden. Stop by at 23256 Lyons Ave, Santa Clarita CA 91321-2633 for a visit or you can call 661-255-8777 with any questions.
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