We all need a space, somewhere we can step out our daily routine and be still. The world we have built is a noisy, crowded place. The sense of urgency and the need for speed can infect us even if we live in a small community.
To handle the pressures that surround us, the messages that almost drown us, we have to have an escape; a healthy escape where we can renew. Gardening itself can be a meditative activity but there are times when something more is required.
If you have a garden or a space where you can create a garden you are indeed fortunate. The size of this space does not need to be great, a meditation garden may be only a few square feet.
This is a situation where size does not matter, but what you place in the area and how you approach the space. There are a number of different ways you can begin; feng shui is one.
The basics of feng shui, are simple enough to achieve. For example, when you are selecting and creating your space, consider the quality of air, quality of light, a clutter free space and good flow of energy.
Keep Things Simple
You do not need any advance courses of study to create your own meditation garden. What you need is the desire to do so. Once you have that, the first step is to decide what elements, such as plants, colors, sounds, will help.
I believe in keeping things simple. The main purpose of my meditation garden is to allow me to step aside and have some time when my mind is not filled with the what ifs, what’s next, and the whys that demand my attention.
The garden is set at the base of a large old maple tree. I planted chives which have a mild odor and they can be used in cooking. The plants produce pretty purple flowers. There is a medium sized goddess statue there and that is all.
This small garden sits on the side of the tree that is opposite the house. So when I sit there, the house is not visible if I am close enough to the tree. There are two bird feeders about five feet away and when I sit there quiet enough, bird come to feed.
A bird bath is nearby and a couple of wind chimes. Yes, I love the sound of wind chimes, especially when it is caress by a gentle breeze to produce its lulling sound.
For me, wind chimes are essential accessories for the meditation garden. A caveat: Limit the number of wind chimes to just a few—having too much may interrupt your meditation.
This is all i need.
What do you need? A rock, some gravel or sand and a pot of water can be very restful if placed in a space where you can sit undisturbed and simply watch. You are not looking for anything specific—just looking.
When it comes to colors, I find blue to be very comforting. So if you were going to add a little color to your meditation garden, try selecting plants that have blue flowers.
Blue flowers can really have a calming effect on people. The color blue is linked to natural elements like the sky and ocean and associated with peace and tranquility.
Blue flowers in the meditation garden can elicit a calming effect and as I said earlier, in our modern high pressure society, we need every stress reliever we can get.
Here are five beautiful blue flowers that every garden could benefit from:
1. Hydrangea ‘Nikko Blue’
Blue Hydrangeas are garden classics. They have been enjoyed for hundreds of years but the newer varieties, such as Hydrangea ‘Nikko Blue’ offer even better blue color than ever before. This is a terrific accent shrub for borders or specimen plantings. It has large globe shaped blooms with clusters of flowers.
‘Nikko Blue’ grows 4-6′ tall and wide and thrives in partial shade. You will want to keep your soil pH in the 5.2-5.5 range. In order to lower your pH include aluminum sulfate at 2 tbsp/gal of water and spray around the base of the plant. There are also pH acidifier kits sold; just follow the directions on the package.
2. Blue Plumbago
Blue Plumbago is a perennial shrub/vine that also has clusters of blue flowers. It is a fast grower to 10′ x 10′ if untrimmed. With the aid of support such as arbor, pergola or trellis, it is possible to train the Blue Plumbago as a vine. Some people like to utilize the plant as a ground cover and it works mighty fine for that purpose.
However, be sure to prune it as its height can spiral out of control. Although the plant needs full sun, it is capable of tolerating a bit of shade.
3. Blue Salvia
This is another great perennial that produces spikes of blue flowers. It grows up to 18″ tall by 12″ wide, can tolerate drought and average to poor soils. It is a native of the southwest so it is no stranger to harsh conditions. Can be used in mass plantings or in containers. It’s also great for cuttings.
4. Vinca Minor (Periwinkle)
Vinca is a ground cover that produces small blue flowers profusely during the spring and then consistently throughout the summer. It is a drought resistant vine that stays pretty low to the ground, 6″ tall, and produces runners 18″ long. Excellent for mass plantings or even for accent plants in large pots or planters.
This is a fantastic plant to grow in the garden because it is a perennial in southern states, drought resistant once established and some varieties have great blue color like the Verbena x hybrida ‘Blue Lagoon’. It blooms all summer long, grows 12? high and
5. Blue Verbena
Blue Verbena is an annual in the northern parts of the country and a perennial in the south. A relatively new cultivar is ‘Blue Lagoon’ – it grows 12″ tall and wide and needs full sun. ‘Blue Lagoon’ has deep green foliage, small dark blue flowers and has a sweet fragrance. It is also mildew resistant.
These five blue flowers are great for the meditation garden not only because of their calm-inducing color, but also because they are very easy to grow and will bring enjoyment to your life.
For centuries, gardens are places used for meditation retreats. Gardens provide tranquil surroundings and allow us to make use of our incredible imagination in creating our very own sacred space, where we can commune with ourselves and nature.
You can never go wrong with simply following your heart’s wishes when it comes to how the meditation garden is to going to look like.