This minimalist Japanese-style garden utilizes rock and sand to mimic the movement of water.
Step 1: Select the plot Choose a quiet, isolated setting for your Zen garden.
Step 2: Define the site Define the garden’s shape and size. A raised, wooden rectangle creates a structured garden box, and a free-flowing stone border gives a more organic form.
Step 3: Build the garden Place plastic sheeting inside the garden area. Then pour 2 inches of sand throughout, level the sand, and add sculptured rocks or boulders to the area.
TIP: Use sand made from crushed granite in white, beige, or gray for a pleasing contrast.
Step 4: Add texture Layer pebbles, evergreens, and moss for additional texture. Use a rake to create ripples in the sand, which mimic water.
TIP: Don’t overdo the elements or the space will appear cluttered instead of serene. The process of creating the garden should be meditative in nature.
Step 5: Appreciate the harmony Add unobtrusive seating, such as a low-profile bench, for a pleasing meditation spot. Depending on the size of your garden, you may wish to add a water element or traditional Japanese bridge.
FACT: The tenets of Zen Buddhism were compiled by a Chinese monk in 1004 C.E.