How do you Feng Shui your garden and what is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is an art of reaching harmony in life. A practice that comes from China. If a place (home, garden, office or anywhere) is arranged according to the Feng Shui guidelines, you achieve a prosperous, peaceful and harmonious space.
Principles of a Feng Shui Garden
A Feng Shui garden is arranged in 9 areas. Each area represents a universe. A realm of life through forms, objects and colours. The garden must respect nature and be in harmony with it.
The 5 Elements
The 5 elements in Feng Shui are Fire, Water, Metal, Earth and Wood. They maintain harmony in the world around us and influence our lives.
These 5 elements must be in order in their areas in a Feng Shui garden.
Dividing Your Garden into 9 Feng Shui areas
Each area represents an area of life. You must give space to the appropriate elements there.
The North is the area that represents fame, career and the flow and mystery of life. It symbolizes the Winter. It must be in the front of the entrance. Its element is water and its colour is blue, violet, black and other darker colours. Items to integrate here are a water feature or pond, rocks, water plants, dark foliage plants and blue flower.
The North East represents wisdom and knowledge. The element here is the earth. Its colours are yellow, orange and cream. The shape is square. Garden benches, posts and statues are good items to place here. It represents wisdom, so it is a great place for yoga and meditation.
North west symbolizes support, friendship, guidance and represents Autumn. The element here is metal and the colours are white, grey, golden brown and silver. Plants to put here are Jasmine, Gardenia or Magnolia. Rocks, gravel or metallic objects should also be placed here.
The south is the direction of success and fame. It represents Summer. The element is fire and the colours are red, orange, purple and pink. Also plants that have red or other similar colours such as orange, pink, crimson and purple. The shape here is the triangle.
South East symbolizes the wealth and represents Spring. Its element is wood. Its colour is green and brown. Grow plants here that are related to this colour.
The South West is the area that symbolizes love, pureness and attraction between a couple. The element is Earth and the colours are yellow, orange and pink. The shape here is square. Keep your garden furniture and objects in pairs.
This area represents health and Spring. It element is wood. The colour is green symbolizing harmony and balance. The shape is rectangle. In this area, plant medicinal plants, herbs, foliage plants and large trees such as palms, plums and bamboos
This is the family area. The element is metal and its colour is white. This symbolizes purity, freshness and harmony. You can also use grey and silver. The shape is the circle. Pots, chimes, rocks and wrought iron. Shrubs are good to be planted here. Grow flowers of different colours here with whiter ones. Magnolia, Jasmine and lily of the valley are perfect.
Keep this area open and not so cluttered as it is the most prominent area. This area is the Tai Chi. The element is earth and its colour is yellow. This area represents the unity, harmony and balance. It connects all areas of the garden. Keep this area clean and maintained.
A Feng Shui Garden should not be cluttered or overloaded. Chi (energy) will circulate poorly. Keep the design simple.
To maintain the flow of energy, promote movement in the garden with curved paths and edgings. Invite butterflies, bees and birds.
Sculptures and statues also attract positive energy. Make sure the size is proportional to the garden. Large pots are holders of luck and abundance.
Water is essential. It symbolizes prosperity. Add a stream, waterfall or pond in an appropriate size. The garden must be open, full of brightness and natural light. Do not block walkways and entrances with objects. To bring in nature, use large rocks and gravel.
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