Feng Shui Garden

What is “Feng Shui”? 

Feng Shui or “Wind and Water” is the ancient Chinese Art Of Placement. It is based on the understanding of the flow of energy (Ch’i) throughout ones inner and outer life. The tradition of Feng Shui believes the way a home is decorated and designed affects the fortune of the people living in it. Feng Shui, the art of creating/finding harmony in your surroundings, can be applied to your home, office or apartment.

In Feng Shui if you want to create a new future for yourself, then first you must clear out the clutter in order to make space for new possibilities and opportunities to enter into your life. Clutter can have a significant effect on us by impeding the smooth flow of ch’i around the home, thus reducing the chances of progressing through life with ease and comfort. Things that you want to keep should be useful, stored tidily, and be easily accessible. 

The outdoors surrounding your home is also important. This includes items like planting materials(palms, trees, shrubs, climbers, bamboos, bonsai or etcs), fencing, fountains, decks and patio furniture. 

*Tips: If you surround yourself with things that you want and love, your energy will increase every time you see them.


Feng Shui Garden

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement. 

The Chinese believe that by placing things to encourage the beneficial flow of Chi (Energy Force) you can create harmonious change which affects your health, wealth and relationships.Feng Shui is becoming increasingly popular in the West. 

The Feng Shui garden incorporates Feng Shui principles, thereby creating beneficial Chi in your environment.
A Feng Shui garden should follow nature’s lead as much as possible with the primary aim of creating harmony and balance. There are certain fundamentals to remember when you begin to plan your Feng Shui garden. Paths should never be straight, as chi energy would run too quickly towards your home, instead let them meander and curve through your garden. A curved path encourages chi to move more slowly and freely. If you already have straight paths, then allow plants to grow over them so the chi can circulate freely around them.
A garden should have “living spaces” that provide a haven for friends and family to relax and enjoy the sunshine and gentle breeze.Trees or large shrubs will provide privacy and protection at the back of the garden. Balance is created by mixing different sizes, shapes and colours of plants so that no one species is overwhelmed by another.
Water features such as pools, ponds and fountains are beautiful and encourage beneficial chi. They also symbolize prosperity and create yin (feminine) energy.
* Tips : You can create more Yang(masculine) energy by using garden lights to add light to the garden’s dark areas. Remember balance and harmony is the key of a Feng Shui Garden.

Feng Shui Garden Planning

All kinds of garden can incorporate Feng Shui principles from the country garden style, which is considered informal to the asymmetrical formal gardens. The key is placement and balance of yin and yang energies. This can be done with colour, plants, trees, shrubs and water features, garden furniture, lightings, wind-chimes and other garden accessories. To make the perfect Feng Shui garden, plant a mix of flowers, shrubs and trees that will delight the senses for all four seasons. Plants should be healthy, lush and well trimmed. The shapes should balance each other to encourage good Feng Shui for your home and its occupants.

To encourage wealth, luck and prosperity grow healthy plants in the South-east of the garden. The presence of soft foliage can be balanced with the yang of natural stone and rock. Place some stone ornaments and terracotta plant containers for a touch of Earth energy, particularly in the South-west and North-east.
By using a variety of materials in a garden, you can bring about the kind of effect you want. Groves and vines are very yang and can mark seating areas and garden borders. If you have garden walls and fences, don’t despair, you can use them to support climbing plants and flowers. This adds colour and height to a garden. With planning, these plants can soften sharp edges at corners thereby reducing harmful “cutting chi.

A structured effect can be created in larger areas by growing a mixture of flowering and evergreen shrubs up pergolas. A rustic wooden bench looks perfect in a country garden. If it is placed in the East it will help to boost the wood element.
Water features are very important to a Feng Shui garden and are a key element in attracting positive and beneficial chi. Water features are beautiful all year, trickling, splashing, reflecting light and shade, against a backdrop of luxurious plants or mysterious stones. In Feng Shui the location of the water is essential. Elaborate water features can become the main focus of a garden, however, make sure it doesn’t overpower the rest of the garden. Goldfish in a pond are very auspicious in Feng Shui. Some areas are only large enough for a small water feature. Make sure the water circulates constantly. Free form ponds look very natural in a garden and should be filled with interesting aquatic plants.
If you have a pond already establishes in you Feng Shui garden, it should be well maintained with healthy plants and fish. Any dead or sickly plants and fish create stagnant chi. Water that is cascading down over rocks makes a very appealing water feature. Pleasurable winding walking paths are at the heart of the Feng Shui garden. They are vital conduits of Chi. 

Many materials 
can be combined to form garden paths. Meandering paths can be edged with delicate creeping plants that balance the yang energy of stone, concrete or brick. Paths can wind through the garden and lead to sunny, pleasant seating areas surrounded by shrubs and aromatic herbs. You can design a curving, grass path bordered by flowers and fast growing shrubs.
*Tips : Locating garden lights in the South-West area of your garden may bring about significant and dramatic improvement in your marriage or relationship areas of your life.

Garden Lighting                                                                    

gardenlightAdding lights to your Feng Shui garden can create a warm inviting glow in the evenings to give it a more balanced and relaxed feel. Lighting can be used to highlight plants and foliage, enhancing the colours of the seasons. Lights represent the fire element and give out positive yang energy, that can be used to create auspicious Feng Shui.

The warm glow of candles always adds to the ambience of your garden and brings in more positive yang energy. You can also use candles that are designed to keep mosquitoes out of your environment at night. Hanging lanterns from hooks or trees is especially potent when placed in the South of any garden, as this particular area symbolizes the Fire element. Small lights placed anywhere in your feng shui garden create good fortune by adding positive yang chi. By cleverly using lighting you can effectively harness Earth luck, thereby enhancing and activating family and relationship luck.

Soft and subtle garden lighting placed beneath foliage or behind rocks can add to the ambience of your garden and enhance positive yang energy. If the areas you plan on using lighting receive plenty of sun during the daytime, try using solar powered lighting that automatically turns on when the sun sets. 

You can bring about major improvements to your garden feng-shui by the use of lights to energize good areas of the garden and offset problem areas. The potency of specific elemental forces can be increased to attract recognition and fame.
*Tips : Plant taller trees and fast growing shrubs at back of your Feng Shui garden for protection, privacy and support. 

Garden Planting

Plants of course are at the very heart of every garden, however in a Feng Shui garden the combining of plants with foliage, and contrasts in color and texture not only looks appealing but will help to balance the yin and yang energies. Plants can help to create visual and acoustic privacy, softening the effects of negative chi. Flowering and fruit shrubs attract very beneficial chi and invite living creatures into your garden. It is a law of nature to blossom into a plentiful tree that shares its fruit. Small shrubs are best placed in the Southern area of your Feng Shui garden. Be sure not to block any of your entry ways or windows with plants.

Planting purple and red bougainvillea attract wealth as these colours represent prosperity and are very important feng shui colours. Shrubs which can be useful for their positive influence in the feng shui garden include camellia and roses, however, there are many others such as forsythia, shrubby clematis and rhododendron.
In the East of the garden, grow trees such as the Chinese dove tree and silk tree as well as their weeping forms. For Fragrance, lilacs have a lot to offer. In the Western area grow flowers, especially scented varieties and combine them with low-growing shrubs.

Garden Accessories and Ornaments

Once you have resolved the layout and planning of your feng shui garden you need to consider what accessories you can add to enhance it. Tables that have large round edges are best as they don’t give off cutting energy. Chairs with flowing curves will enhance the flow of chi.

There are many styles and materials you can choose from for your garden furniture. Wood is always preferable. Big round terracotta or earthenware pots symbolize the Earth element and can be the focus point of your garden. Place them in the Southwest (Marriage and Romance) and Northeast (Education and knowledge) areas.

Sculpture or stones will absorb energy or force energy to move around it-thereby slowing it down. Gazing balls strategically placed can deflect negative shi. Wind chimes and gongs add to the beneficial movement of chi. Different types of trellises can be used for trailing plants to soften cutting corners or walls or to conceal dull sheds.
Many people incorporate gazebos as a part of the design of their garden adding a serene and private place to relax on sunny, summer afternoons. Remember balance and harmony is the key to a good feng shui garden.
*Tips : The principle of Feng Shui are those of harmony and balance. Be careful of overwhelming the area near home with too much water. The size of any water feature should be planned in balance with all the elements of the garden.

Garden Pond

The beauty of water is reflected in the clear serenity of a garden pond. To create a unique and beautiful focal point in your garden, add a garden pond. There are many styles to choose from. Some are preformed and can be installed easily or you could build it as a “do it yourself” project. No matter which you choose, your garden pond will give you, your family and guests many pleasant moments.

Before you begin thee are a few important points to consider. The space you have available for the garden pond. What will the theme of your garden be? Is your garden classic, formal or informal? How are you going to landscape the area surrounding the pond and garden?
There are also additional items you may want to consider. A beautiful Garden Patio umbrella is the perfect accent for your home. It is helpful to have a general plan, with sketches, to get an idea of space and placement. Keeping all of this in mind have fun and you will enjoy your garden pond for many years to come.

garden pond
*Tips : Always keep water clear and clean in any water feature in your garden. Whether it’s a pool, garden pond, fountain or even a bird bath, a healthy water feature is essential to maintain positive chi in your garden.

Swimming Pool or Spa
Water has a quality unlike no other. People seek out water all seasons of the year and times of the day. Then there is the great feeling of jumping in a body of water, swimming, wading, or just getting your feet wet.
A pool or spa can bring a piece of this back to your own home and yard. With a pool, you can swim as often as weather and time permit. What better way to relax and get exercise than in your own swimming pool or Spa. There are many different styles of pools to choose from. If you want an in ground swimming pool, you will need to hire a company that specializes in building pools. 

There are standard oval, and square shapes, as well as just about any custom size and shape that you can imagine. An in ground pool can be made with various depths, as well as inclines/declines.
*Tips : Small courtyards / patios can be benefit from the extra beneficial chi that climbing plants can bring into your residence or housing environment.

Water Features

Water features add an entirely new dimension to an outdoor environment, and they are available in an ever growing assortment of styles.There are several major aspects to take into consideration when planning a water feature. Some of these include: The size of the area. How much space to you have for the water feature itself, and to what extent you plan on landscaping the surrounding area.

The impact you wish to create. To you want a stimulating waterfall, a bubbling fountain, a koi pond, water garden, reflecting pool, stately fountain, or even a swimming pool. Maintenance that is needed to maintain the water feature and keep it in good, clean working order. There are certain fish that can help to keep the water clean, of course they will need to be fed for example.

*Tips : Remove any tree stumps, plants or vegetation that are dead as they all create negative chi.

Water Fountain
A water fountain is a wonderful way to add an entirely new dimension to both your home and garden. Outdoors you will be able to recreate the sound of a bubbling brook, stream, or waterfall. Indoors, a water fountain will help to bring the water element and nature into your home environment. 
A water fountain is a fantastic way to create a serene and peaceful environment, which at the same time, adding new energy with the flowing water.
*Tips : It is very important to keep clutter, debris and dried leaves cleaned up. Plants should be checked for dried or faded blooms. This will help cut down on negative chi. 

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