Choosing a theme for your garden can be a daunting task because there are so many things to consider. What kind of plants do you want in your garden? Should you add any decorations? These are important questions you will have to answer when you begin designing. If you already know that you tropical plants, a Bali garden may be for you. These gardens combine Asian themes with running water and other tranquil elements. A Bali garden will be the perfect garden to relax in while also impressing your friends.
The most important element you need to design a Bali garden is the correct plant life. Bali gardens are known for their large tropical plants, ostentatious flowers and classic Asian plant life. Large ferns and palms should make up most of the plants in the garden. This will add to the tropical theme and create the illusion of a densely populated garden once the leaves of different plants start to overlap. For the eye-popping flowers, scatter orchids throughout the garden. Orchids are hearty flowers that come in a variety of bright colors and have the ability to climb up objects much like a vine. Scattering the orchids will help them stand out. Finally, for the Asian plant life, a few bamboo plants will satisfy this element.
Bali gardens are known for their tranquility and peacefulness. Few things create a more serene environment than the presence of running water. The trickling sound of a slow-flowing stream or a small fountain has a relaxing effect on the mind. There are several ways to go about this part of a Bali garden. If your budget permits, you can create your own running creek or stone-wall waterfall. If you are working on a smaller budget, you can purchase small, Asian-themed water fountains at a gardening store. The sound of running water, regardless of the route you choose, will greatly enhance the authenticity of your Bali garden.
One of the unique characteristics of a Bali garden is the necessity of statues for decoration. Nearly every Bali garden has Asian-themed and religious statues. In regards to the religion, statutes of Buddha and of Hindu gods are common. Statues of animals indigenous to Asia are also popular and usually include tigers and elephants. You should have at least one statue in your Bali garden, but other acceptable alternatives include pottery, plaques and paintings.
One of the easier elements you can add to your Bali garden is a pebble pathway. Bali gardens have pathways that lead to different areas of the garden. Even if you have a small garden that is confined to only a portion of your property, laying down some pebbles to create a small pathway will enhance the aesthetics and authenticity of your garden.
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