Creating Your Own Oriental Inspired GardensPosted on: 11th January 2018
- Water features – A pond or lake is the central element of a Chinese garden and it has an important symbolic role in the garden (the water representing light and communication).
- Plants – Flowers and trees are the most important plants for a Chinese garden. Each plant has its own symbolic meaning. Bamboo is important in traditional Chinese gardens as it represents flexibility while other plants such as pine trees represents purity.
- Rocks and paths – Rocks are an important component of a traditional garden, thought to represent the mountains where the Taoist Immortals are believed to live. Paths are important to the garden’s design as traditional gardens are usually separated into sections.
- Focus on nature – Korean gardens take lots of inspiration from their Chinese counterparts and are focused around seeking to merge with the natural world and impose a human symbolism upon it.
- Buildings – Pagodas and pavilions are two forms of buildings that are popular within traditional Korean gardens. They can be traced back to the 3rd Century BC and are important for providing a religious link within the garden. They are often located next to water features and come in a variety of different styles.
- Trees and plants – Evergreen trees are popular within traditional Korean gardens, representing constant life.
- Statues – Statues are very popular within traditional Thai design and are an important part of their gardens. Buddhism is the main religion, practiced by 95% of the 68 million citizens and they like to represent their beliefs by installing Buddha statues in their gardens. Thailand is also home to the 8th tallest statue in the world, The Great Buddha of Thailand.
- Pathways – Paths are very important within the designs of Thai gardens. Paved paths and stone paths around the garden are common, allowing inhabitants to experience the nature.
- Plants and trees – Thai garden design traditionally uses exotic plants. Here is a list of some of the different types of plants used in traditional Thai gardens.