Zen garden

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Question: how do you make a Zen garden?

Hello, I would like to kindly know what kind of plants and flowers to put on my balcony, I live in arsizio bust, which reproduce a little a Zen garden. Thank you.

Answer: the Zen gardens

Dear Paola,
Zen is an oriental philosophy, which manifests itself in everyday life, in the way of being, of thinking, of doing things; the gardens prepared according to Zen philosophy have always attracted us westerners, for that sense of peace and completeness that they emanate. In the Zen garden there are not only plants, and everything that is in it has a symbolic meaning; for this reason, it is not easy to recommend the plants to be placed in a zen garden, also because theoretically every plant can become part of it, as long as it is arranged correctly. Elements that can never be lacking are those that make up the Japanese dry garden, or sand and rocks; it is not necessary to create a wide expanse of combed sand, it is sufficient to prepare a small area, large even just as a serving dish, with the typical sand arranged following parallel lines; in the sand it also places a rock, or more rocks, that symbolize longevity and health, while sand is an element that should imitate water, and therefore the lines traced on it are waves and ripples on the surface of the water. You can prepare a tiny, dry garden even on a windowsill, or in a corner of the terrace; next to the dry garden you can arrange the plants you want, of course bonsai, or even maxi bonsai, will give your garden an oriental appearance much more quickly. There are many outdoor bonsai that you can find in the nursery, from box trees, to azaleas, from elms to olive trees; it's up to you to decide what you like, and above all to prepare a Zen garden is an art that leads us to meditate on ourselves; unfortunately if you prepare it following the instructions provided by the expert of an online magazine, I am afraid that it would lose part of your mark.
In my Zen garden, if I had to prepare it, I would leave plenty of room for the dry garden, and I have already set aside some rocks on a beach on the Island of Elba, very particular; I would also put in a small body of water, in hobby shops you will also find tiny ones, even with small waterfalls. Then I would choose oriental plants, such as rhododendrons and azaleas, or camellias, which do not suffer in winter, and also, being acidophilic, they are much better in pot rather than in the limestone soil of my garden; I would add a little green with a Japanese juniper and maybe even an acer palmatum dissectum, with a particular color leaf, or very light green or purple, to give a contrasting color tone.

Zen garden: Garden lighting: Zen style in the garden

For some years, or perhaps even more, there has been a trend in Italy, and it is that of furnishing one's homes with products that come from different cultures and contexts. Precisely for this reason more and more people are choosing to furnish their garden with ethnic products, thus introducing a new style of furniture, the Zen style, which in most of the houses has ousted the classic style. The absolute protagonists of this style are undoubtedly the Japanese lanterns, a product that is easy to find and affordable, which contribute to creating a truly unique and enchanting atmosphere even at nightfall.