Typically used by ancient Buddhists as a tool for meditation, Japanese rock gardens represent the four elements with symbolism relating to the Asian landscape. They’re beautiful in their simplicity with clean lines, rocks, plants and water.
They’re easy to maintain too, so landscaping and designing a zen garden will give you less work to do in the long run.
If you’re short on space, you can always try a miniature zen garden in a pot, which is perfect for a balcony or patio area. A little piece of calm.