Buying a home in Koh Samui is an increasingly popular choice for expats choosing to move to Thailand, or own a second home, in this land of dreams. Stunning beaches, lush nature and the beach way of life are more appealing and inviting than they have ever been, since house prices are lower than they are in countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore or even Australia. Whether your are looking at the possibility of purchasing a home or you are already a proud owner of a villa in Koh Samui, follow these landscaping ideas for timeless design that exudes elegance and style.
Add a Touch of Art
If you have always dreamed of having an Asian garden, incorporate a select number of art pieces into your design. You may wish to include sculptures of typical Koh Samui flowers and plants. Buddha art works also work well, especially alongside fountains or other water features.
Don’t Forget the Comfort Factor
In order to fully enjoy your garden, you will need to have dedicated spaces in which to rest. Wooden garden benches work beautifully in an Asian garden, especially if they are carved or curved. Once you have decided on a bench design that suits you, find the right place for it. You should be able to view your favorite parts of the garden – art work, your favourite flowers, statues, etc. If you have a water pond or fountain, your relaxation area should certainly be close by, since water has the ability to relax and de-stress.
Choose Local Plants to add Colour and Life
If you plan on living in your Koh Samui home, then you can pretty much add as many flowers and plants to your landscaping design as you need to make you feel at home. If you have purchased your home as an investment, however, don’t overdo it. Potential buyers might feel that the gardens will require too much work, or may prefer cleaner, emptier spaces. Ideal flowers that work well both in traditional and modern designs include birds of paradise (elegant and graceful), anthurium (whose waxy, decorative, bright petals have garnered it the name ‘painter’s palette’, or water lilies – which will add serenity and a touch of the exotic to your tropical garden. Tropical orchids, available in a variety of colours, are stunning to look at, but often challenging to grow. As for plants, you can’t go wrong with bamboo – Thailand is home to a host of species. Bamboo adds a wild, exotic look to your garden and because it grows abundantly, it can be used to separate your garden into distinct spaces (for instance, separating a play area for children from the pool).
The Curving Path that Leads to a Happy Home
Use wood or stone to create paths, surrounding the latter with pebbles. The paths should be curvy rather than straight, since it is believed that straight paths can enable evil spirits to go straight into the home. Use gentle curves that are easy to walk upon.
Use Lighting to Highlight Specific Features
Lighting works beautifully when placed in strategic places in your garden – behind a large-sized pot plant, adjacent to a pond or other water feature, close to your garden sculptures. Ensure the most attractive parts of your garden can be viewed by day or night.
The ideal Koh Samui garden should above all reflect balance; choose beautiful art works, paths, water features and art but make sure that you garden also has uncluttered space, to enable the total picture to be one of serenity and peace. Finally, ensure that you create a little corner from which to enjoy all the beauty you have created. Koh Samui has beautiful weather nearly all-year-round so make sure you enjoy it from the majesty of your very own garden.