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Oriental Landscape: 20 Asian Gardens That Offer a Tranquil Green Haven

Crafting your own personal retreat that whisks you away from the mundaneness of daily urban life is increasingly becoming a part of modern home design. Some prefer to turn their bedroom into this reclusive and relaxing sanctuary, while others might turn to the family room, or even the attic with a loft bed. But for most homeowners, it is the patio and garden that offer the ideal escape and allow them to get away from the constant rush and unending monotony. And few do this better than Asian-style gardens, thanks to their Zen-inspired design that sets them apart from others.

Stunning Asian garden and deck offer a mesmerizing retreat at home Oriental Landscape: 20 Asian Gardens That Offer a Tranquil Green Haven
Stunning Asian garden and deck offer a mesmerizing retreat at home [Design: Mom’s Landscaping & Design]

Asian-style landscaping, gardens and decks is what we turn our attention to today, and while Japanese design elements are always a big part of these gorgeous gardens, we consciously refrained from showcasing many Japanese gardens, having already shared them with you. Asian gardens go beyond mere aesthetics and attach symbolic value to everything used in transforming the landscape. From statues to water features, decks to carefully placed rocks, everything has a greater meaning and contributes to the visual balance. It is indeed a treat for the senses that you do not want to miss!

Classic and Timeless

The traditional Asian garden is a setting full of vibrant color, contrast, and a balance between various elements of nature. As a rule, a water feature or two is an absolute must in these exquisite gardens that have an air of timeless allure. This could be a simple fountain, a thriving koi pond, a smart reflecting pool, or just a small water feature that brings the sound of flowing water to the garden. Elements like the Buddha statue are another staple addition here, but this is not an absolute must. Do not forget color, though, as a wide range of plants that bring every shade ranging from fiery reds to mellow yellows adds another layer of richness to these evergreen settings.

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Traditional Asian garden design revitalizes the courtyard [Design: WA-SO Design / Takanori Tomiura – Studio BUG]
Traditional Asian garden design revitalizes the courtyard [Design: WA-SO Design / Takanori Tomiura – Studio BUG]
Stacked stone staircase becomes the showstopper of this Oriental garden [Design: Erik Jones Landscaping]
Stacked stone staircase becomes the showstopper of this Oriental garden [Design: Erik Jones Landscaping]
Serenity and rejuvenation can be easily found in a relaxing garden like this! [Design: Feng Shui Planung]
Serenity and rejuvenation can be easily found in a relaxing garden like this! [Design: Feng Shui Planung]
Wooden bridge gives the Asian garden that timeless Japanese style and Oriental vibe [Design: Koreneva]
Wooden bridge gives the Asian garden that timeless Japanese style and Oriental vibe [Design: Koreneva]
Private garden in Germany with Asian style [Design: Japan Garten Kultur]
Private garden in Germany with Asian style [Design: Japan Garten Kultur]

Contemporary Asian Gardens

While the sweeping and enchanting Asian garden looks undeniably amazing, not all of us have the budget or the space for something so spectacular. Add to this the constant care it needs, and the landscape design becomes an even more daunting prospect. A more sensible option for you might be the modern Asian garden that borrows from the ornate classics and tones them down to fit into the urban landscape. A wall of bamboo plants, a few colorful, flowering plants, a sleek water feature and a small section that contains the rock garden – this is all you need! If you have more space to spare, then a cool outdoor lounge, relaxing meditation nook or even al fresco dining can become a part of this garden.

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Bamboo, white flowers and a water feature turn this small garden into a showstopper [Design: John Davies Landscape]
Bamboo, white flowers and a water feature turn this small garden into a showstopper [Design: John Davies Landscape]
Sunken outdoor lounge, dining and deck for the Asian garden [Design: Claudia Pelizzari Interior Design]
Sunken outdoor lounge, dining and deck for the Asian garden [Design: Claudia Pelizzari Interior Design]
Few gardens and decks offer a view as stunning as this in Paris! [Design: Architecte Paysagiste Scènes d'extérieur]
Few gardens and decks offer a view as stunning as this in Paris! [Design: Architecte Paysagiste Scènes d’extérieur]
Asian patio and garden coupled with a smart contemporary home [Design: Second Chances Design]
Asian patio and garden coupled with a smart contemporary home [Design: Second Chances Design]
Urban homes can also enjoy the magic of Asian style gardens with the right landscaping [Design: John Davies Landscape]
Urban homes can also enjoy the magic of Asian style gardens with the right landscaping [Design: John Davies Landscape]

Striking the Right Balance

We did talk already about the balance of different natural elements in the Asian garden, and while this is essential, it is also important to consider how the landscape combines with your home. Traditional homes and those with rustic and farmhouse vibes tend to integrate beautifully with Asian gardens. Even refined contemporary homes work well with minimal Asian gardens where stone and sand take over from greenery. Make sure that your relaxing Zen-style garden feels like a natural extension of your home while giving it that unique flavor that makes it slightly different.

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Mesmerizing entrance garden borrows from Balinese culture and motifs [Design: Ayla Constructions]
Mesmerizing entrance garden borrows from Balinese culture and motifs [Design: Ayla Constructions]
Create a smart outdoor living space and relaxing hangout with the tranquil Asian garden [Design: Samsel Architects]
Create a smart outdoor living space and relaxing hangout with the tranquil Asian garden [Design: Samsel Architects]
Colorful plants and flora give the Asian garden a delightful visual appeal [Design: Hoshide Wanzer Architects]
Colorful plants and flora give the Asian garden a delightful visual appeal [Design: Hoshide Wanzer Architects]
Gorgeous Asian courtyard connected with the living area and the home office [Design: Arielle C. Schechter / Photography: Duffy Healey]
Gorgeous Asian courtyard connected with the living area and the home office [Design: Arielle C. Schechter / Photography: Duffy Healey]
Bamboo is an essential part of the classic Asian garden [From: kyokukaen]
Bamboo is an essential part of the classic Asian garden [From: kyokukaen]

Creating Space and Setting Mood

Much like in the case of any interior or charming garden landscape, it is lighting that plays an essential role in setting the mood once darkness takes over. Asian-style gardens are now different in this regard, and proper in-ground lighting gives the already exquisite garden an enchanting makeover after sunset. Sliding glass doors are increasingly becoming the norm in modern homes when it comes to bridging the gap between the interior and the garden, and they feel apt here as well, while bamboo fences, blinds and shades give the outdoor lounge set in this garden a smart, Oriental appeal.

Small modern Asian garden and Zen retreat for contemporary Vancouver home [Design: RUFproject / Paul Sangha Landscape Architects]
Small modern Asian garden and Zen retreat for contemporary Vancouver home [Design: RUFproject / Paul Sangha Landscape Architects]
Small meditation courtyard with Asian style [Design: B. Jane Gardens]
Small meditation courtyard with Asian style [Design: B. Jane Gardens]
Minimal Asian rock garden idea with a dash of greenery [Design: NOD GARDEN]
Minimal Asian rock garden idea with a dash of greenery [Design: NOD GARDEN]
Elegant and small Asian style garden and courtyard design [Design: Bio Friendly Gardens]
Elegant and small Asian style garden and courtyard design [Design: Bio Friendly Gardens]

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