Jardines Zen

Elements that make up a Zen garden

In this article we will continue talking about the main characteristics and elements that form a dry or Zen garden. In the first part we have referred to the importance of the use of sand and the way it should be placed. We also talk about the amount of space you need if you want to have one of these gardens, which have marked a trend in recent times. Today we will start talking about the use of stones.

The way in which you are going to place the stones is something totally personal, the experts advise to keep in mind some guidelines, such as keeping the symmetrical shape and the odd number, preferably 3. In addition to placing them slightly submerged in the sand, this will give a correct impact visual.

The forms that we will give to the sand with the rake will be the ones that give us the image of the garden's fluidity and those that will represent the fluidity of our lives. We can make straight and curved lines, long and shorter. The curves and lengths will be responsible for representing the stages of agitation while the straight lines represent moments of calm. The rake in the sand must be passed in each meditation, helping us to contemplate, think, one of the great advantages that this type of garden brings us.

In the dry gardens you can also place small plants, among the most used are azaleas, ferns, magnolias and mosses. Another good option is bamboo and small bonsai. Many experts in the field include water through sources, ponds, streams and even small waterfalls, all this should occupy a small and well distributed space.

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