By . Garden. Published at Friday, May 04th, 2018 - 20:38:56 PM.
Wabi sabi in gardens can be a way of imitating natural environments in a cared-for garden. To explore natural changes in your wabi sabi garden, plant perennials and self-seeding plants that will establish their own corners of the garden over the course of years. Place stones in locations that will not receive foot traffic so that moss and lichens will grow over them.
Pastel gardens are usually designed in a cottage garden style, but due to the colors soothing effects, they would be excellent for mandala or meditation gardens too. Here are some different types of pastel flowering plants that can be used in creating these gardens. Trees: Crabapple, Hawthorn, Lilac, Magnolia, Newport Plum, Ornamental Pear, Redbud, and Weeping Cherry. Shrubs: Azalea, Butterfly Bush, Caryopteris, Clethra, Flowering Almond, Hydrangea, Rhododendron, Rose, Rose of Sharon, Spirea, and Weigela. Perennials and Annuals: Alyssum, Astilbe, Bleeding Heart, Begonia, Cosmos, Dianthus, Fuchsia, Geranium, Gladiolus, Hibiscus, Hollyhock, Hyacinth, Impatiens, Joe Pye weed, Lavender, Lily, Love-in-a-Mist, Petunia, Phlox, Scabiosa, Stonecrop, Tulip, Verbena, and Yarrow. Vines: Bougainvillea, Clematis, Honeysuckle, Mandevilla, Morning Glory, and Wisteria.
Choose low need plants that can sustain themselves without much intervention. Succulents, alpine plants, some grasses and spurge are excellent choices. The feel that you are trying to achieve is important, but so are plant needs. Use plants that have similar requirements in the small space for best results. An example might be a niche planting of clumping bamboo with containers of succulents as accents in a patio setting. The choices are endless, but the best pocket garden will have complimentary textures and plant needs.
Common plants in mandala gardens include: Dianthus, Gaura, Chamomile, Catmint, Lavender, Yarrow, Sedum, Thyme, Bee balm, Sage ,Rosemary, and Alyssum
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