Why Your Backyard Needs a Zen Garden

This is a guest post by Jane Blanchard courtesy of Modernize.com. From time to time, The Patio will publish posts from other lifestyle or home improvement blogs. Want to write for us? Let us know at thepatio@wickercentral.com.

As Zen Buddhism traveled through China and into Japan, it brought with it the beauty of the zen garden. These gardens are designed to promote peaceful contemplation, leading to reflection and meditation.  You needn’t be Buddhist to find peace by building a zen garden in your backyard, but one thing is for sure: these gardens can add serious wow-factor to your outdoor space.

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If you are looking to liven up your outdoor space, look no further than Deeco. Make your garden an oasis with fun and functional interlocking furniture, fire pits, chimineas and copper cauldrons. The possibilities are endless. Your garden is the first thing that people see, so let them into the magical world you’ve created.



The Structure of Zen

Asian Landscape by Detroit Design-Build Firms Daryl Toby – AguaFina Gardens International

In one small space, the world can be examined and meditated upon — the mountain, the land, the sun, and the shadows. As you rake the land structures each day, think about your own world and how you need to order it as well.


Nearly Anywhere Can Support a Garden

Asian Landscape by Los Angeles Architects & Building Designers Whipple Russell Architects

This is a splendid example of design blended with Zen. The space, being mostly protected from the elements, will maintain the rakings and keep out most leaves and twigs. The structure supports the garden, and the garden beautifies the structure.



Japan Comes for a Permanent Visit

Asian Landscape by Other Metro Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Garden Mentors

This is a perfect rendition of a Tokyo zen garden. The use of the Shoji screens, as well as the plantings of moss and bamboo with the pebbles and the water features bring a total awareness of what the garden should be.



A Zen-Inspired Backyard

Asian Landscape by South West Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Katherine Roper Landscape & Garden Design

This corner of the backyard takes inspiration from the garden, along with space to sit and contemplate it all.



A Zen Masterpiece

Traditional Landscape by Napa Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Richard Kramer

This is a city lot design which promises true sustainability, low maintenance, and the real spirit of zen. Once the structures are put into place, this outdoor space will do well with only some occasional leaf sweeping.




A Zen Water Garden

Asian Pool by Boynton Beach Stone, Pavers & Concrete Yardco Rock and Stone

This stunning design allows the reflection of the sky, the statuary, and the fountains. The rock gardens and plantings encircle the pool, providing tranquility any time of day.

A Real Rock Garden

Asian Landscape by Adelaide Media & Bloggers Jeni Lee

This is a splendid example of a zen rock garden. Constructed with flat river rock and gravel, this took some significant planning.


Your Turn
Now we want to hear from you! Do you have a zen garden? Tell us about it in the comment below, and share your design tips and tricks.


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Accepting Home and Style Blog Submissions

The Patio is accepting guests posts from exciting lifestyle bloggers and brands. Do you have a home and style blog and a good idea for a post? We want to hear from you!

Email us at thepatio@wickercentral.com with your first and last name, a short bio, link to your blog and social media, and tell us your blog post idea. In return, your accepted blog post will be featured in our weekly email, on our social media pages, and tagged as a featured guest post with a backlink to your blog.

Please keep our submission guidelines in mind for any blog posts before reaching out.

Submission Guidelines

    • 300 Minimum word count per post submission
    • No foul language
    • Must be totally original (this will be verified).
    • Must have an established blog focusing on the home and style, or content that aligns with our blog and audience. Please ensure that your blog content is no more than 50% giveaways.
    • Use at least one image (this can be provided by Wicker Central if needed).
    • At least one link must point to either a Wicker Central page or another article featured on The Patio. If you’re unsure of how to integrate this link, our editor can help.
    • We reserve the right to edit and format as needed, and to reject any submissions at our discretion.
    • Once accepted, we’ll request that you please post a teaser with backlink to the article on your own blog, and we would also appreciate links posted to your blogroll and social media accounts.


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What Does Your Patio Mean to You?

blogimage1.0Welcome to The Patio, a blog all about your favorite place to kick back with a good book, gather with friends and family, or enjoy the serenity of a warm summer evening.

The Patio is a brand new blog from WickerCentral.com that will focus on outdoor decor, gardening, entertaining, and lifestyle. But before we reveal some of the themes and topics we’ll be covering in upcoming blog posts, let’s talk about what it means for your home to have a patio or other outdoor space.

Some homes feature expansive paved patios adorned with expertly pruned plants and water installations. Other homes have small wooden porches with a couple of white wicker rocking chairs, perfect for reading the newspaper on a relaxing Sunday morning. For the backyard barbeque fan, a large deck can be the best place to host a pre-game grilling party.

Whether your home has a patio, deck, porch, or veranda, your outdoor space is an oasis where you can enjoy being outside in just as much comfort and relaxation as your very own living room. That’s why it’s so important that your outdoor space fits your home and your needs—this blog will give you some tips and ideas for how to use your space to its fullest potential.

So what else will you find on this blog?

  • Style Guides and Decor Trends
  • Home Improvement Ideas
  • Patio and Outdoor Furniture Care
  • Tips for Entertaining
  • Food and Drink Recipes

Stay tuned to The Patio for this and more, including guest blogs from a variety of lifestyle bloggers. You’re sure to pick up a thing or two for your own backyard.

Now we want to hear from you. Comment below and tell us what your patio or other outdoor space means to your home.

ABOUT: Wicker Central is an Elkhart, IN, based e-commerce company specializing in outdoor wicker furniture and wicker patio furniture accessories. Email us at thepatio@wickercentral.com.

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