There are two main elements to creating the perfect zen garden. Of which are rocks and sand. The rocks represent mountains and grounding, while the sand helps to represent flowing water. However, this sand shouldn’t be just any ordinary beach or garden variety sand. Instead you should purchase enough crushed granite sand to fill your space. Whether it be outside or in. Of which can be found in three different shades white, gray, or beige.
You should try to avoid using light tinted granite sand in sunny areas, as it will produce glare and cut back on the zen-like feeling you wish to achieve. Instead use these lighter colors in shady areas or within your office or other indoor gardens. While you don’t need a container for an out-door zen garden, you can find many different platforms for an office-sized zen garden. Whether it be online at websites such as this one, or at a local Feng Shui shop. The best planters or containers to use for a zen-garden will be flat, with a slight lip around the edge. Of which is meant to contain the sand and stones. You may also wish to obtain a small wooden zen-rake. Which will allow you to create beautiful flowing designs of water within the sand.
The addition of stones can be that of sculptural weathered rocks, or other well-designed dry landscape rocks. Remember to choose the perfect spots for these beautiful stones within the sand. As these rocks help to symbolize the earth, as such they are considered to be a symbol of good health and longevity. It is common to both have few or plentiful rocks placed within your zen garden. Some may choose to have a single rock island, or built-up islands within a zen garden by piling your stones.
Before you begin to think of creating your perfect zen garden, it is time to think of the perfect space for your garden. Determining the space that is available, and the amount of dry landscaping goods that you will need. Whether it be a small one pound bag of granite sand and a few small stones for an office-sized zen garden; or a few ten pound bags of sand and boulder-like stones for your out-door garden outside the home or office. All of these different factors will depend on the size of your yard, and how much you are willing to dry-landscape. Not to mention the time that it will take to maintain your zen garden. While you aren’t caring for many plants in a zen-garden, you should still take care in smoothing the sand and keeping the area free of debris from near-by trees.
Now that you know about the history of zen gardening, you are now ready to learn how to create that perfect garden of your own. You should have chosen the perfect spot within your yard or home for your zen garden, and purchased the appropriate amount of supplies that you will need to be creative.