Meditation gardens are not whimsical and playful as a children’s garden. They are instead a place to relax and reflect. When designing a mediation or reading garden, it is important that you choose a serene color palette.
Think of Claude Monet who was a French impressionist painter who used pastels and avoided using earth colors such as browns. The garden should look like a backdrop for a plein-air landscape painting. Use the different colors and textures of flowers, trees, and bushes instead of oil paints.
Know what a flower symbolizes before planting it
Carry out a thorough research on the flowers you want to plant in your garden. It is a good idea to plant flowers that not only attract butterflies and hummingbirds but also those that symbolize virtues and positive character traits.
In Feng Shui, some plants are more auspicious than others but most of the flowers symbolize something. Daisies, for example, symbolize patience, loyalty, and purity.
It is wise to plan a Magnolia tree with large white blooms as the anchor in a meditative garden. Why? Because it symbolizes great contentment or peace. For practical purposes, plant bee loving plants away from the seating area in a meditation garden.
Plant night blooming flowers
The best meditation gardens can be used during the day, in the evening and during the early morning hours. Angel trumpet flowers usually bloom during the cooler hours especially during the night and early morning. You can also use night blooming moonflower on a trellis in your meditation garden. Ensure that you place several lights along the edges of the garden for night time use.
Add a water feature and wind chimes
In feng shui, water can bring prosperity into a person’s life. Wind chimes help circulate the positive chi energy. If you want to add a birth bath to a meditative garden, it is good that buy one with a fountain or water wiggler that keeps the water circulating instead of remaining stagnant.
Nowadays, many bird baths come with solar panels that keep the water moving. The soothing sounds of the wind chimes and water cascading through the fountain is ideal for those who wants to pray, read or meditate either early in the morning or late at night. Check out these samples from Outdoor Fountain Pros.
Choose serene colors
Monet was known for using a limited palette which included titanium white, cobalt blue, various yellow and greens, crimson, vermilion hue or an orange/red. One suggestion to match Monet’s color scheme is to plant pink, blue, or red asters with their sunny yellow centers.
Colorful butterflies such as the Monarch and Spicebush Swallowtail also complement a meditation garden. This is why you should consider growing butterfly loving plants such as milkweed, butterfly weed, lantana, coneflowers, azalea and butterfly bush.
Meditation gardens can be invigorating for all those who will be using it. When designing it, you need to think in terms of getting the involvement of all the senses including taste and smile. You can achieve this by planting aromatic edibles and herbs. Relaxing in a meditation garden should be an experience that transforms much like exposure to any other form of art.