Turn Your Backyard into a Balinese Retreat with These Simple Ideas
Balinese style gardens are very popular with Australian Home owners because they suit our climate and the tranquil design of sculptures and other landscaping techniques appeal to our senses. Use these tips to create your own Balinese retreat in your backyard!
The central ideas of a Balinese Garden are:
- Balinese Pavillion, Hut or Gazebo
- Wooden Balinese furniture
- Tropical and lush plants
- Balinese sculptures
All these things should remind us of tranquil Bali. A DIY Bali Garden can seem like a nightmare if you're starting from scratch but it doesn't need to be that hard! Follow these tips and you could be lounging in your Balinese garden in no time at all!
Use What You Have for Your Balinese Backyard
The first tip to Balinese Garden success is to utilise what you already have in your backyard. This can be a water feature such as a pool or pond or it could be a bush or simple dip or rise in the ground surface. Use them to your advantage, for example, line a dip in the ground surface with black water proof tarp, surround with rocks, and hey presto - you have a water feature! Add a pump to ensure the water is airated to avoid mosquitos and algae.
Use what you have - you don't need to race out and buy a heap of new plants and sculptures to create the Bali Garden.
Balinese Water Features
A Balinese Garden will always feature cool running water. Turn your pool into a water feature during winter to utilise every moment with your pool. Add lighting and floating ornaments/plants or add a bridge over your pool. At Aarons Outdoor Living we have a large range of water features from Ponds to spinning ball features. Our most popular water feature when it comes to creating the Bali Garden is our Balinese Buddha Face feature (pictured).
Ponds are another way of introducing water into the Balinese garden and the very best ponds merge with the greenery and rocks to look as though it has been there forever. All of the Aarons Outdoor ponds are faux rock falls. They are made from a light material for easy transport but look as authentic as the real deal when teamed with plants and of course water. They all come with a pump to create flowing water and a tranquil sound in your Balinese garden.
Pots also make great water features. To read more about pots as water features or our water feature range, please click here.
Plant choice is also quite important when designing your Bali Garden. Balinese Garden Plants are easy to decide on however as most tropical plants will suit. Be sure to check gardening websites or with your local nursery as to which plants will grow well in your area. Balinese Plants with a lush tropical foliage are the plants we associate with traditional balinese styled gardens. Foliage Plants such as Cordylines, Palms and Ferns, Plants with broad foliage such as Alocasia, Ornamental bananas, Aglaonema, Dieffenbachia, and gingers. Bamboo also works well.
The key idea for plant useage in your Bali Garden is to create a feeling of lushness and tropical greenery. Use plants with big foliage to achieve this easily.
Balinese gazebos, huts or pavillions are usually open sided with a thatched Alang Alang grass roof. Available in kit form from Aarons Outdoor Living or you can utilise our installation service. Balinese gazebos or Bali Huts are great for poolside shelter. A Bali Hut will complete your Balinese look quite instantly. It is the ultimate in Balinese Garden Design. A Bali Garden is not complete without a Balinese Thatch roof Hut. Visit your local Aarons Superstore or click on our Bali Huts Product range to view our pricelist. Be sure to check our news page or below the product price for any sales that we may have. Be sure to apply the sale discount to the product price.
A balinese day bed can be great addition to any pavillion or gazebo.
At Aarons Outdoor Living we stock all sorts of Balinese outdoor furniture including the classic Bali Daybed or Balinese Daybed. A Balinese Daybed will look great under any shade spot, by the pool, or under an Aarons Bali Hut.
All our Bali furniture is 100% handmade from reclaimed hardwood timber. We import our Balinese furniture from Thailand to ensure authenticity.
Team our Balinese Furniture with a Bali Hut and Bali Bamboo panel and your backyard is already a complete Bali Retreat!
Bamboo Fencing and Bamboo Panels
Bamboo fencing and Bamboo panels are a great way of consolidating the overall look of a Balinese style garden. Aarons Bamboo fencing comes in panels of two heights and can easily be attached to existing structures and fences or used as a stand alone feature bamboo screen. Our bamboo sizes are 1.8m high and 2.4m high. Both these sizes are 900mm wide.
Sculptures in the Balinese Garden
A Balinese Garden will always feature statues carved from timber or stone. Balinese sculptures will be placed in hideaway niches or scattered among grennery. Larger sculptures would be place in the center of the garden. To ensure Authenticiy, be sure to check out our ornaments page as we import all our ornaments from Thailand and they are all handmade from reclaimed or recycled materials. As well as gods and goddesses, Balinese features can include temple flags, umbrellas, carved sculptures, and statues of animals.