When you choose the plants for your zen garden, leave nothing to chance. Consider a tree's autumn colors. If incorporating moss, you are suggesting that the garden is ancient. Adding a pine represents longevity, while lotus is a religious symbol, sacred in Buddhist teachings. If you place a plant in your garden, have it there for a reason; to hide an undesirable sight, to serve as a backdrop to other garden features, or to "paint" a postcard scene.
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