Feng Shui


Feng Shui Your Garden

A Feng Shui garden can be one of the most tranquil and relaxing places inside or outside your home. In fact, a Feng Shui garden that has ultimate balance can even have a positive effect on the house next to it. The garden should be balanced in two ways: within itself, and with the home (the garden being yin/calm and the house being yang/active). Although there are an infinite number of ways you can arrange your garden and many plants you can choose from, here are some general tips for a harmonious Feng Shui garden.

  • Make a southern entrance for the garden (this guideline is probably based on the fact that the greatest amount of sun will also reach the garden from the south).
  • Use curves to enhance tranquility. For example, curved flower beds and paths can balance the straight lines of the house. Also, use curved lines (e.g. hedges) to mark property boundaries. If you already have a fence, you can create a sense of curvature by growing ivy on it.
  • Do not clutter the garden. Leave extra space when planting because the plants will grow and spread out.
  • Add items that have personal meaning to you (e.g. gifts, stones, statues).
  • Use a variety of colors when choosing plants, and arrange them in bright/high energy patches and pale/tranquil patches based on the bagua chart and your own intuition.
  • Make different places in your garden that have different levels of energy. You don’t want people to fall asleep while walking through, but you do want people to relax. For example, you can use rocks (which are still and rough) with water (which is moving and smooth).
  • In Feng Shui tradition, the begonia symbolizes the perfect yin/yang balance.

The following is an example of how to Feng Shui your garden folling the Bagua Chart:

Example of How To Feng Shui Your Garden

Northwest (metal)
arbor, wind chimes, chairs

North (water)
pond, fountain, birdbath

Northeast (earth)
clay pots, rocks, soil

West (metal)
arbor, wind chimes, chairs

Open area for free flow of chi

East (wood)
bench, planting boxes

Southwest (earth)
clay pots, rocks, soil

South (fire)
lights, grill, chimenea (free-standing fireplace)

Southeast (wood)
bench, planting boxes

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