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5 Steps to a Thai Inspired Garden

Whilst the traditional English cottage garden will always hold a special place in our hearts, these days, there are so many options when it comes to creating a stunning outdoor space. In recent years, we have seen contemporary and exotic garden designs become increasingly popular, with influences from across the world.
Whilst the traditional English cottage garden will always hold a special place in our hearts, these days, there are so many options when it comes to creating a stunning outdoor space. In recent years, we have seen contemporary and exotic garden designs become increasingly popular, with influences from across the world.
Thai landscaping has been particularly popular, for public and private gardens alike. In fact, it has proven to be such a success that there is widespread availability of everything, from tropical plants and flowers to Thai-inspired statues and garden accessories.
So if you want to create a peaceful Thai retreat of your own, whatever size space you have to play with, read on. Below we have listed just five steps to a Thai-inspired garden that you’ll be able to enjoy all year round.  
Sala
A Sala is an open-air pavilion, usually constructed from wood, and open on all four sides. It is traditionally a meeting place, but in the garden, it offers shelter and shade from the elements. You can pop a patio suite in there, or some comfy chairs and cushions, along with LED string lights for use at night. To keep in line with tradition, you might even consider serpentine statues or ornamental flowers in pots around the structure.
Batik
Batik is a form of wax-resist dyeing, used in textile decoration across the world. Dyes come in both dark and vibrant colours, and the wax is used for detail work. Though the designs vary regionally, the style is ideal for a Thai garden because the colours are bright, the materials are soft and cool, and the designs are interesting. Incorporate batik into your pillows, blankets and any other kind of outdoor soft furnishing.
Water
Ancient Thai gardens were home to water features, of varying shapes, styles and sizes. As well as being a strong link to nature and the elements (and important principle), having water in your Thai garden will prove relaxing and aesthetically pleasing. Unless you have room for a small decorative pool, opt for a water feature. A particularly apt choice would be our artichoke water feature, which looks similar to the lotus; a sacred flower in Buddhism, and therefore ideal for a Thai-inspired space.
Stone
Another strong, stunning, and natural element that works well in Thai gardens is stone. You can incorporate the material by placing stone pots, like our Lynton bowls, filled with tropical plants around the garden. You may even consider giving pride of place to a granite statue of Buddha, like this one.
Plants
Plants, both pleasantly fragrant and visually appealing, play a significant role in Thai garden design. Bamboo is one of the easiest plants to use, but make sure you keep the super-grower in pots, so it can’t invade every inch of available space, at the expense of your other plants. Other beautiful, tropical and Thai-appropriate plants include jasmine, palms, orchids, hibiscus, gardenia, and Wrightia Religiosa. Any and all of these, as well as any combination, will look and smell superb in your newly landscaped space.  
And there you have five steps to a Thai-inspired garden space. You can keep these design elements in mind as you browse our selection of stone ornaments and pots, as well as when you research and source the right flowers and plants for you. Once the hard work is done though, you will have a stunning oasis to escape to, whenever you feel like.