By applying Feng Shui principles in your garden, you can create an extension of your home that promotes relaxation, harmony and balance. For most of us a garden provides two distinct areas. The front garden is what we allow anyone to see, while the back garden is our private retreat.
Even tiny outside places, such as balconies or window boxes benefit from Feng Shui and help to bridge your connection to nature. As well as stepping outside to enjoy nature, any type of outside garden which can be viewed from inside invites beneficial Chi energy into your home.
You may find the article, How to Balance Your Environment Using the 9 Sectors of the Bagua helpful in applying the following tips:-
Feng Shui Tips
- Place a sculpture of a romantic couple in the relationship (south-west) sector of your garden.
- Water features such as (circular) ponds, fountains or bird baths are ideal for the career (north), or prosperity (south-east) sectors.
- Seating is best placed in the contemplation (north-east) sector, and is an ideal place for meditation.
- Avoid harsh or straight lines as these are uncommon to nature. Pathways, flower beds and lawns should incorporate lots of curves and flowing lines to allow Chi energy to meander gently through the garden.
- Soften harsh fences and walls with climbing plants, vines or scrubs, and ensure any garden feature does not have any sharp or pointed attributes. Circular and smooth lines enhance a relaxed atmosphere.
- Allow a space to invite nature into your garden with bird feeders, baths and tables. Areas for sitting as well as for strolling encourage time spent in the garden.
- Keep unsightly items, such as compost heaps and sheds hidden from view, as the tranquillity of your garden will be affected by debris and rubbish.
- If your garden is ‘minimalist’, which refers to the Chinese principle that a garden is complete once nothing more can be removed from it, it will be serene.
You may find the article, How to Optimize Chi Energy and Balance The Five Elements helpful in applying the following tips:-
- To incorporate the five elements in a window box, use tall plants to represent wood, spiky plants for fire, some pebbles in the soil for earth and some silvery coloured plants for metal. Water can be represented by gravel and, of course, a watering can!
- Create an upstairs garden, especially on balconies where you can place vibrant pots to encourage beneficial energy into your home.
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