Oriental gardens are designed to be a place of tranquility, peace, rejuvenation and rest. Each part of the garden should be well balanced and none should overpower the other. The oriental garden encourages contemplation, rest and meditation. They are designed to reflect nature and therefore incorporate water, rocks and paths to represent the journey of your life.
Water features are very important in an oriental garden. These can include ponds, water bowls, waterfalls and fountains. The sound of water trickling soothes the soul and quiets the mind. The fountains put in place do not shoot water in the air causing loud splashing sounds. Instead the water trickles down gently. Ponds are famous in oriental gardens and will usually have goldfish or koi. Water bowls on the other hand are used because they can fit in the smallest of gardens.
Bridges are also used in an oriental garden and are usually gently carved. They can be made of bamboo, wood or stone. They are generally used as the focal point of the garden. Oriental sculptures have always been used in the gardens. Generally they are sculptures of animals, humans and mythical creatures. They too, can be used as focal points in the garden. The garden sculptures can be large or small but should be proportional to the size of the garden.
Stones in an oriental garden are placed in specific places as an art form. They can outline a flower bed or accent a water feature. They should be used in various sizes. Bamboo on the other hand is used to provide fencing and also for garden fountains. Additionally, one can plant bamboo in their garden for that truly oriental feel as it adds grace and beauty to the landscape. Lanterns and pathways are also added to the oriental garden. The pathways can be made of large slabs of granite, pebbles or sand and should be designed to roam throughout the garden and to inspire contemplation.
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