Asian gardens are known as some of the most beautiful in the world. If you’d like some inspiration, here are four Asian garden ideas for your home.
Add a Koi Pond
Koi ponds are indoor or outdoor ponds that contain the Nishikigoi, or Japanese Ornamental Carp fish. These ponds are designed to give a harmonious and peaceful feel, while also allowing the koi fish to grow to their fullest potential size. It is recommended that no more than five koi fish live in a 1,000 gallon at a time because they require a lot of space.
It is important to note that although koi ponds are often used as decor, koi fish are living creatures that require regular care and pond maintenance in order to thrive. If you are unwilling to take on the added responsibility of caring for fish, a koi pond is likely not the best choice for you.
Bamboo is a very meaningful plant specifically in Chinese culture, it symbolizes strength and luck. But it’s not just native to China, bamboo has been grown and utilized in various parts of Asia for thousands of years. It is the base of Korean bamboo tea and the Thai rice dish Khao lam, and it’s sold in raw form throughout Japan. Bamboo is not only useful but beautiful as well, you can use it to can create a natural privacy screen between your yard and the next or add an extra dimension to your flowerbeds. It’s also hardy and easy to grow and care for, making it one of the simplest Asian garden ideas to implement into your yard.
Utilize a Stone Water Basin
Stone water basins, or Tsukubai, are traditionally found in Buddhist temples or Japanese tea houses. They typically contain clean water and are used to clean the mouth and hands before entering a building in a purifying ritual that symbolizes leaving the outside world behind. You can add a Tsukubai to your yard to utilize in the traditional sense as a wash station, or as a symbol of purification and the separation of the inside and outside world.
Invest In a Rock Garden
Japanese rock gardens, also known as zen gardens, are miniaturized landscapes with carefully placed plants and rocks which are combed into various shapes and patterns. They originated in Buddhist temples in Kyoto during the Muromachi period and are meant to imitate the essence of nature and aid in meditation about the meaning of existence. Rock gardens can be a beautiful and meaningful way to add a tranquil feel to your garden or yard on a budget. To avoid patterns in your rock garden being blown away, consider using gravel instead of sand.
Now that you’ve been introduced to four new, beautiful Asian garden ideas, why not implement one into your garden? Contact LaytonScape today in order to learn more about our design process and request a free estimate. We serve Davis, Morgan, Summit, and Weber counties in Utah.