Zen Garden Ideas to Instantly Relax You


If you’re like me, you have a hard time relaxing. You can’t shut off your mind and enjoy doing nothing. I don’t even like to do nothing. I’m constantly thinking about what needs to get done and how fast I need to get it done (I know, it’s not healthy). So when my wife suggested we build a Zen garden in our backyard, I was skeptical at first. What could we possibly be missing out on by just sitting around with plants? Well guess what: I was missing out on a whole lot of relaxation! Now that we have our own personal oasis that looks like something straight out of Japan (and smells pretty good too), my wife and I find ourselves spending more time outside than ever before…

Soak in the Simple Beauty

Zen gardens are a great way to relax and unwind. They can also help you organize your thoughts, providing you with an opportunity to focus on the present moment. The best part? They’re easy to make! You don’t need any special tools or materials, just a little bit of time and patience—so get started today!

Whether you have an entire backyard or just a corner in your living room, there’s plenty of space for creating a Zen garden that will bring color and beauty into your home. With these simple ideas at hand, you’ll be well on your way towards making an oasis right in the middle of wherever life takes you next!

Design a Japanese Garden Room

  • Create a serene space to relax.
  • Design a Japanese Garden Room.
  • Use a small space that is not too cluttered, busy or noisy.
  • Make sure the color scheme is calm and soothing.

Create a Ground Level Zen Garden

What better place to start your Zen garden than the ground, right? If you don’t have a yard or outdoor space, consider planting tall plants in pots. These plants will grow upwards and add height to your space. You can also use indoor bamboo or other plants that spread outwards instead of upwards if you don’t want to block light from entering the room through windows. Planting these types of plants on the ground level of your home will give them plenty of opportunity to grow into something beautiful while adding life—and green!—to any space.

Add the Right Water Feature

Adding a water feature to your Zen garden is one of the easiest ways to instantly add relaxation and tranquility. The right water feature can be a fountain, a pond or even just a small stream—it doesn’t matter as long as it has still water in it.

Water is one of the most calming elements in nature, so if you want to create a peaceful environment in your garden then adding some still or flowing water will do just that! You may also want to consider adding sound with either music or recorded sounds of nature (think birds chirping).

Adding movement can also make your Zen garden more relaxing; adding plants like reeds or bamboo can give off this effect by swaying gently in the wind.

Use Nature’s Elements to Your Advantage

Use Nature’s Elements to Your Advantage

The great thing about a Zen garden is that it has no rules. You can use whatever elements you want, with the exception of obviously manmade items such as plastic or metal plants and statues. However, you don’t necessarily have to throw everything in at once! If you are working on a small space, consider creating an entryway/foyer garden or adding some plants around your front door. Start small with moss and rocks before adding more plant life in the future.

Build a Mini Zen Garden on a Balcony

If you have a balcony, it’s the best place to build your mini Zen garden. The fact that you can just sit out and relax while looking at your own personal little oasis is all the relaxation you need. You can even add a water feature to your balcony Zen garden like I did in the photo above!

I used some small containers and rocks to create my own mini Zen garden on my balcony. You can use whatever size of container you want depending on how big or small of an area you want to fill with plants and nature elements.

A Zen Garden can help you relax and organize your thoughts.

A Zen garden is a great way to relax and clear your head. Whether you are having trouble sleeping, or just need a break from the hustle and bustle of life, having a Zen garden can help you relax. A Zen garden can also be used as an organizational tool. Those who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder know how hard it is to make decisions. Having a zen garden will help them get their thoughts in order so that they don’t have to worry about making important decisions anymore.

Once you’ve organized your thoughts and gotten in touch with nature, then you can start enjoying all of the benefits of owning one!


As you can see, there are many ways to incorporate a Zen garden into your home. You don’t need to spend a lot of time or money on it. Even just one small area can make a big impact on your life by helping you relax and organize your thoughts. If you have been looking for a way to wind down after work or school each day then we hope this article has given you some inspiration!

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