Best Bali Garden Ideas
How to create a Bali garden in your backyard and why I wanted one
Asian inspired gardens are popular in Western Australia because we are so close to Bali which has become a favourite holiday destination for ‘sandgropers’, and I for one, wanted to re-capture the memories of my travels in Bali and wake up every day to be reminded of them at home. So I hope you enjoy these bali garden ideas and are inspired to create your own Bali garden design wherever you are.
But our back yard wasn’t very inspiring at first. It was actually a bit bleak for my liking, and I managed to kill that lawn after just one season 🙁 So we made plans, and dug it up, laid a square section of paving, and got creative.
The first thing we did was to buy some inexpensive bamboo fencing from Bunnings. If I remember correctly it was about $20 a roll. He himself and I are not natural D.I.Y’ers but we managed to roll it around the colour bond fence without too much swearing.
The next thing we did was buy colourful plants that reminded us of the vivid colours of Bali. We were already lucky enough to have frangipani trees in the garden by the pool (which I’ve nurtured like babies because I love the scent of their flowers), but we added hibiscus, bright petunias, palms and marigold trees.
I was intent on creating a lush tropical haven that took the focus off having close neighbours, lovely as they are.
I wanted somewhere that we could retreat with a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine at night, so it was an obvious move to add a gazebo. We bought one from Bunnings for about $299, which blew down in a storm, but which we managed to adapt, utilising the top canopy and the overhead structure on top of gum poles that we cemented into the ground.
I’d really like one of these in our garden too – [easyazon_image align=”center” height=”492″ identifier=”B01BVRPQYU” locale=”US” nw=”y” src=”http://zigazag.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/61W80Op23XL.jpg” tag=”souswawri-20″ width=”500″] – gorgeous isn’t it?
You can buy it here : [easyazon_link identifier=”B01BVRPQYU” locale=”US” tag=”souswawri-20″]Bali Outdoor 3 Person Patio Daybed Canopy Gazebo Swing,Tan with Mesh Walls[/easyazon_link]
There are other aspects of a Balinese garden that can be adapted to a suburban back yard to give it a Balinese feel such as the use of incense. We like to burn sandalwood oil and citronella to remind us of the exotic smells in Bali – where incense is burnt to appease and to honour the Gods.
We’ve enjoyed hunting down Balinese Statues [easyazon_image align=”center” height=”500″ identifier=”B01FMB489K” locale=”US” nw=”y” src=”http://zigazag.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/41lrZ8EwI2L.jpg” tag=”souswawri-20″ width=”500″] which we’ve dotted around to add visual impact. Due to the size of our garden we’ve kept them quite small. You can buy the gorgeous Balinese Princess statue here : [easyazon_link identifier=”B01FMB489K” locale=”US” tag=”souswawri-20″]Balinese Princess Statue[/easyazon_link]
Figures of Balinese gods or goddesses could be discreetly placed under a large plant or in a corner of the garden, in alcoves or or along walls. Look for different textures – you’ll find statues carved in timber, bronze or stone that you could either use as focal points or as backdrops secretly peeping out from behind palms or flowers to give a feeling of surprise.
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You might like these [easyazon_link identifier=”B01M3NUL7Q” locale=”US” tag=”souswawri-20″]Balinese limestone dancers[/easyazon_link] for your own garden.
We love our bright blue temple flags (above), which in WA you can buy in all colours of the rainbow to suit your own colour scheme. How about adding umbrellas and water features? Below are some ideas from Bali but if you look around you can easily discover similar for sale in Perth or a regional town in WA.
Here’s a gorgeous Bali Umbrella you can buy online : [easyazon_image align=”center” height=”500″ identifier=”B00JZP7Q4O” locale=”US” src=”http://zigazag.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/41eWjWiSLDL.jpg” tag=”souswawri-20″ width=”500″]
You might like to Buy it Here : [easyazon_link identifier=”B00JZP7Q4O” locale=”US” tag=”souswawri-20″]Bali Umbrella[/easyazon_link] and here are some [easyazon_link keywords=”bali umbrellas” locale=”US” tag=”souswawri-20″]more to choose from[/easyazon_link].
Tips to create a Balinese feel inside and outside your own home.
Having a dinner party? Then why not scatter fresh petals and flowers around. Frangipanis are beautifully fragrant for the dinner table, and rose petals look lovely scattered on the ground. How about an exotic orchid as the table centrepiece?
A glass bowl filled with water and floating flowers also makes a lovely focal point on a side table perhaps?
Bright coloured cushions and bamboo chairs are also in keeping with the Balinese theme. The cushions (about $45 each) are from The Outdoor Furniture Specialists in Bunbury.
Love cushions? Want to get the same sort of look as above. Here’s a link to an inexpensive cushion cover with a Balinese flower print …
Click on the photo to purchase. [easyazon_image align=”center” height=”500″ identifier=”B01IT6JTBM” locale=”US” src=”http://zigazag.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/512BVfaMKWUL.jpg” tag=”souswawri-20″ width=”500″].
Just the thing for your Balinese garden.
Bali is verdant and green. So consider using palms of all descriptions in your garden. Ferns and cordylines give a feeling of lushness. If you have space to create more of a rainforest feel, then consider staggering their heights, and also use bamboo as well as cycads and aloes.
We use quite a lot of spot lighting at night to add ambiance and also to highlight certain areas of our patch. You might want to highlight a statue or a water feature.
Inside our house we’ve continued the theme with big, bold [easyazon_link identifier=”B01GA4AKRW” locale=”US” tag=”souswawri-20″]paintings in bright colours[/easyazon_link], that we’ve purchased on holiday, relatively inexpensively in Bali. The very very first picture in this post shows part of a large Frangipani painting that we purchased for about $60 in Ubud.
If you’ve got an inside entertainment area with a wall close to your Bali garden, you might like to echo the theme with a painting like this [easyazon_link identifier=”B00Z59WHQ6″ locale=”US” tag=”souswawri-20″]Balinese Tree of Life Painting[/easyazon_link].
Water features for a Balinese Garden
Balinese gardens are tranquil places and water features add to the feeling of peace. If you have space you might add a pond with a waterspout, or incorporate one to flow into a pool. If space is limited then add a rustic water feature and surround is with greenery to make it look as if it’s been there forever.
I love this water feature – maybe for my next Bali Garden! Click on the photo to view or purchase.
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Finally here are some links to tropical inspired products to help you create your Balinese Garden.
- [easyazon_link keywords=”Water Fountains” locale=”US” tag=”souswawri-20″]Water Fountains[/easyazon_link]
- [easyazon_link keywords=”Rattan Footstools” locale=”US” tag=”souswawri-20″]Rattan Footstools[/easyazon_link]
- [easyazon_link keywords=”Outdoor Rattan Furniture” locale=”US” tag=”souswawri-20″]Outdoor Rattan Furniture[/easyazon_link]
- [easyazon_link keywords=”Tropical Cushion Covers” locale=”US” tag=”souswawri-20″]Tropical Cushion Covers[/easyazon_link]
Read the second part in this series and see how our Bali themed garden is changing here: How to create a Balinese garden without going to Bali
Want to read more about Bali? Here are 29 Awesome things to see and do in Bali.
Disclaimer, and in accordance with my editorial policy. I was gifted two cushions by Outdoor Furniture Specialists and there are affiliate links in this post which means I stand to earn a small commission at no cost to you if you purchase from them.
What have I missed? Do you have any more tips for creating a tropical or Balinese garden in your backyard?
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