Put to use to be a restful location to let go and renew, a meditation or prayer garden is known as a space of serenity and harmony. Traditionally, it is a highly individual space without any correct or incorrect design elements. A prayer garden can be a modest, private corner of a bigger garden, or a prayer garden might be an entire area of your landscaping design developed around a theme of contemplation and reflection.
What follows are the basic elements of most prayer garden designs with some ideas on how to utilize them.
Plant choices can certainly define a prayer garden by using vegetation to produce a contemplative mood. Whether you prefer softly textured greenery or masses of flowers to produce tranquility, allow for aroma to have a part in the prayer garden. Pick fragrant plants according to their flowering intervals to ensure the seasonal aromas won’t overlap in overpowering combinations. Different types of honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), jasmine (Jasminum officinale), wisteria (Wisteria sinensis), peony (Paeonia) and pinks (Dianthus plumarius) bring sweetness, and common herbs such as lavender, rosemary and the mint family add their very own unique variations. Planting perennials really helps to avoid stress from constant garden maintenance tasks, and including attractive accents — natural or man made – allows you to focus on positivity.
While the garden area may have an existing sidewalk or stepping stones, a grassy trail offers a foot-friendly pathway that’s soft and inviting, especially if the garden space is going to be utilized for pursuits like yoga or tai chi. An evergreen groundcover such as blue star creeper (Isotoma fluviatilis) supplies a rather carefree option that supports foot traffic. Blue star creeper is very efficient among stepping stones. For any great smelling lawn alternative, varieties of creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum “Pink Chintz”) deliver evergreen foliage, with a few species covered with small blossoms part of the year. Once established, these tough little groundcovers create a padded turf that rarely needs cutting.
Solar-powered illumination makes your garden available at night without needing to install expensive exterior electrical wiring and fittings. Solar lights with remotely positioned energy cells are perfect for a shady prayer garden. The remote solar panel cells are positioned where they collect bright sunshine. The cells are connected to the low-watt lights inside the shady garden by small wire connections which can easily be buried or hidden in foliage; follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement. A solar light and water pump combination produces a restful fountain spray in a small, sun-drenched pond — simply float the solar fountain system about the water’s surface. Sunlight charges the battery throughout the day so the light and fountain will function at night.
Even the most basic of water features makes a relaxing environment. There is no need for an opulent pond that requires continual maintenance. One small fountain in a protected spot, a bubbling birdbath, or simply a small goldfish pond offer relaxing sounds of moving water that can help obscure outside sounds. Incorporate water features as part of the sprinkler system layout to minimize the expense of installing the water system.
In the end, your design and elements should be about your personal choices. As I said above, there are no right or wrong ways to create the “correct” prayer garden. Your garden should reflect what you want.