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Typical Features in a Balinese Garden Design April 29, 2019

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Typical Features in a Balinese Garden Design, Eleele-Kalaheo, Hawaii

Balinese garden design utilizes a sharp sense of contrast between open spaces—often a patio made of concrete or gravel—and dense areas of vegetation. The style is native to the island of Bali and, although it features a number of traditional components, it can be as unfettered as your imagination permits. Below are some of the key features of a Balinese garden.

Key Features of a Balinese Garden

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As mentioned, a key element of a Balinese garden is the sense of contrast. It should include an open space to sit, either at a table or in comfortable chairs, juxtaposed against surrounding areas of thick, lush plant life. Traditionally, most of the garden was left open; however, modern Balinese garden design focuses more on extensive plant growth.

Garden Features

Expect a Bali garden to feature some shade trees off to one side as well as a large, central, open space. The open area may include closely-trimmed lawns, gravel pathways, water features, and a variety of decorations. In many cases, the garden is laid out symmetrically. The design is often formal and carefully laid out. However, in other instances, a Bali garden may be more casual, random, and asymmetrical. It depends on what you prefer.


Typical decorations include a wide variety of authentic statues, planters, fountains, bird feeders, and water features. Paths may feature swinging gates and be lit by traditional lanterns. Shrines are common, as are statues of animals—both real and mythical—people, and religious iconography.

Balinese garden design typically features a combination of sparse, still spaces and overcrowded vegetation designed to be both ornamental and tranquil. To learn more, contact Greg Boyer Landscape Corp. Greg has a Master's degree in landscape architecture and has been beautifying Oahu, HI, as a landscape contractor for more than 40 years. They specialize in water features and pool and pond design. Visit their website for more information about the company or call (808) 239-8264 to schedule a consultation.