A classic rock garden forms a zen focal point in this modern Los Angeles backyard. A slatted wood accent wall provides a backdrop for the soothing water feature, while succulent plantings dot the low-maintenance beds.
Turn your own backyard into a Zen paradise with a little elbow grease or, in this case, a great landscape architect. The look is accomplished with plants like Japanese maple, dogwoods, azaleas, ornamental grass and artfully placed rocks.
The garden folly in this Zen backyard is an open-air structure fabricated and carved from solid reclaimed teak. The pyramid roof is finished with copper fish-tail shingles, and teak steps lead to the pool. The gorgeous tropical paradise features lounge chair seating padded with layers of cushion. Tropical plants frame the area, creating privacy.
Wood platforms situated in the natural rock bed create a comfortable walking path by this succulent garden. The small plants feature rich tones of green and purple adding instant life to the space. Bamboo stalks shooting up against the wall add height to the area and finish off the zen, Asian style look of the garden.
The white exterior of this home gives it a bright glow in the sunshine. A gorgeous concrete walkway with ponds surrounding planted palms creates a fresh, zen feel leading up to the front door. The wood door and matching columns give a modern asian style to the home.
A tall, gorgeous copper wall adds a shining contrast to the matte concrete retaining wall and striped patio floor of this zen outdoor sitting room. Asian chairs are topped with white cushions and a matching coffee table features a frosted glass center. A succulent garden adds natural color and life to the space.
A long, woven sectional rests beneath an ample shade, creating a great spot to relax in this restful Los Angeles backyard. The furnishings in the space emphasize the garden's plethora of clean, horizontal lines. A rock garden features succulents for low maintenance and a water feature for calming sound.
A Japanese garden was the inspiration for this party's Zen theme. The long wooden table provides plenty of space for comfortably serving guests while low, horseshoe chairs are durable modern recreations of a centuries-old Japanese design.
Horizontal lines are more calming than vertical lines, so horizontal fencing is highly favored when homeowners are seeking an outdoor sanctuary intended for relaxing, says Danna Cain of Atlanta-based Home & Garden Design. She adds that this aspect makes horizontal fencing an ideal complement for an Oriental or zen-themed landscape.