Many people would have heard of feng shui in the home, but did you know that you can create good feng shui in your garden, too? By starting in the garden, you can encourage good energy around your home, allowing it to flow into your house.
For many, feng shui is important in the garden as the garden directly connects with nature. Feng shui is all about connecting with the 5 elements, encouraging positivity and energy. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in introducing to your garden, then you can take as much or as little of the advice below:
Here are a few helpful tips:
Feng Shui For Real Life suggests incorporating the 5 elements of feng shui practise into your garden. This includes fire, earth, metal, water and wood. Each is symbolised by a colour. Feng shui is about balancing these colours and elements so your garden is harmonised in the best possible way.
For instance, fire elements would mean introducing colours of red and orange, which aims to improve happiness in the garden and in the home. So, plant red, orange, and purple flowers like iris, calla lily, birch trees, and spruce trees into your garden.
The next element is the earth element, symbolised with the colour yellow. This is meant to encourage stability and grounding – so plant yellow flowers like boxwood and juniper.
The metal element is indicated by white or pastel colours and signifies control, acceptance and enlightenment. You can introduce this element to your garden by planting white flowers and decorating your garden with metal sculptures or, if space is at a premium, you could try hanging wind chimes from your windows. Plants you could consider include lavender and hydrangea.
Next we have the water element. Blue colours signify relaxation, optimism and peace of mind so you could choose to plant wisteria or hosta. You might also think to include a small water feature in your garden.
Lastly, the wood element is indicated by the colour green and brown, so try and have a few trees or shrubs in your garden. Wooden benches, chairs and trellis are also good.
Other aspects of your garden you should focus on is how the garden itself flows. If you have a path, avoid straight lines – opt for curves so energy can gently wraps its way round your home. Use flowing shapes and pathways when you’re designing the space. If you want to create a play area for your children in the garden, opting for the west of the garden is ideal as it is connected to the energy of children and creativity.
When it comes to sitting and enjoying your garden, make sure the chi, or energy, is flowing towards you, to really create a relaxing and sociable space. Think of adding a nearby water fountain, or some wind chimes, to add some natural sound to the space you’ll be sitting at.
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