Ultra simplistic totally dry Zen garden using massive natural rocks, pale beige Zen gravel and a traditional border of black pebbles. The height of simplicity in Japanese gardens is the raked Zen garden, comprising only rocks and raked gravel. No ornamentation and no plants are found in these gardens - unless a bit of moss is desired around the base of the rocks. Wherever possible real rocks are used and they are positioned very carefully and specifically. The surrounding gravel can be left totally flat or it can be raked, using a special wooden rake, into patterns. There is much symbolism when it comes to these patterns - and the rocks - and to contemplate a big Zen garden from every angle and view once it is finished is quite profound. The big rocks give off an energy all of their own. Traditionally, before visitors arrive in Japan, a Zen garden is lightly sprayed down to bring out the contrasts in colour between the rock, the gravel and the surrounding channel/border of black pebbles. This is also done to encourage moss to grow on and around the rocks. An extremely effective (and water-wise!) statement! This garden can be viewed from nearly all angles including from above, when on the top floor.
This garden will look particularly beautiful in the evening too due to subtle lighting, including strip lights under the raised central walkway between the outer door and the inner glass front door.