Plant the Look - Bali
Have you always dreamt of a Balinese style garden? Do you wish you could be relaxing in one of their spa retreats right now, while nimble fingers massage your cares away to the rhythmic rush of waves lapping the shore?
We show you how to create the look of a Balinese garden in your own back yard.

Balinese Garden Style - stillness

geometry in the Balinese garden Balinese style gardens, especially those in luxury holiday resorts, combine the flavours of Indonesia's neighbouring nations like a delicious fusion dish.

One flavour is the lush verdant greenery and big bold shapes of tropical island style gardens, jungly and rain-fed.

The other is the meticulous attention to detail and neat geometric layouts of Japanese style gardens, creating a place of quiet reflection.

In a Balinese garden, nature is all around us, but controlled and contained.

Like Japanese gardens, Balinese gardens also often incorporate an area of still calm water to aid the tranquil atmosphere: a small round bowl, a straight pond, or a large square pool.

 

smooth straight paths Paths are smooth, straight, level - all to maintain a serene and steady pace while strolling through the garden.

Edges and corners are perfectly square, creating a striking yin-yang contrast with round bowls, round pots, round garden beds.

Horizontal bands across the paths echo the horizontal terracing of farmers' rice fields in the steep hills around; and the visual lines slow down our walking pace, encouraging us to step to a calmer tempo.

Accent colours are kept to a minimum - the Balinese garden is a rainbow of green shades, where texture dominates over colour.

 

Balinese Garden Style - serenity

relax in green Balinese style gardens place the emphasis on green - it's scientifically the most relaxing colour to our eyes.

Simply looking out of the window at a green view can lower our blood pressure, and make us feel calmer.

Gently undulating shady grass lawns, soft and cool underfoot, are dotted with low arching palms and tall leafy trees.

Beds of bold lush-leaved emerald foliage - broad-leaved grasses, philodendrons, fan-shaped travellers palms - create a strong unfussy signature look on a dramatic scale.

 

Each plant is placed with care - they don't interlace exuberantly like tropical garden style gardens, they all have their own space to shine. Calm and controlled.

smooth straight pathsIt's not only plants that are supersized in a Balinese -style garden - statues, sculptures, pots and planters are all on a grand scale - and situated as carefully as the plants.

There's an emphasis on natural tactile materials - cool water, smooth stone, flexible wicker, swaying bamboo - as these Balinese gardens return us to nature.

 

 

Balinese Style Gardens - plant the look

plants for the tropical island look Essential plants to get that Balinese look are soft gentle lawns to tickle the toes; and big-leafed green plants - ficus and philodendron, monstera and alocasia, palms and tiger grass.

Underplant shady borders to add another layer of lush leaves at ground level, using prayer plants, caladium, peace lilies, syngonium, and bromeliads.

Allow for irrigation systems or regular watering, and a regular maintenance routine, to keep the plants looking green and gorgeous.