Gardens are where growth energy gets created and nurture. It is as important for your garden to attract good energy as it for your home interiors to bring you luck!
There are a couple of ways in which start the process of designing a feng shui garden. Note, however, that the information in this article is based on the general principles and are therefore not tailored for the specific property or the owners involved. For that specificity (and there’s a plethora of information to consider!!!), it’s best to consult a feng shui master beforehand and thereafter to use their guidance in coming up with the overall garden design.
There are two general ways to apply the general principles. My strong preference is to apply the principles according to the Direction or Aspect (North, South, East, West). However, if a client prefers applying the thought process of the Form School which is based on the Four Celestial Animals, then that’s they other way to go
Direction or Aspect Method – elements to consider
As discussed above, the general principles of feng shui garden design using this method is based on the direction (North, South, East, West).
Key factors, based on Direction, to consider are therefore:
- Sector – E.g. the East aspect of the property represents Health and Family relationships
- Element – E.g. the East aspect represents Wood so it is therefore important for you to consider Objects and Colours that represent or Harmonise with Wood and which do not create an Adverse result
Sounds complicated? Well, it’s a matter of practice and methodologically going through the respective elements in detail. So I’ve got some general tips as per below!
1.Declutter & keep clean – Firstly, I know it sounds pretty basic but declutter and keep clean. Its a big thing. Think of it as harbouring negative energy or even so far as not letting the good energy (chi) through. Remove any dead plant material and clean up the dead leaves!
2.Follow your instinct – Its gut instinct actually. Anyone that is spiritually inclined will note that something is not right. For example water features are tricky. If the place where its put feels ‘wrong’ then follow that feeling and research it a little more. I realised in actual fact that my water feature was doing more harm from a chi flow point of view than any good so I put it away! I’m glad I did as things in that space has improved remarkably for me 😉
3.Choose wisely – its advised not to have any sharp objects or thorny plants near the front of the house. If you have any, please relocate them! That said, choosing the right plants for the right spot is imperative. The Feng Shui garden principles is just another overlay to consider on top of the normal considerations for aspect – eg you don’t plant a shade lover in full sun! What you may do is chose the plant with the right Colour and Shape to compliment the Direction/Aspect.
Is this for you?
This system of believe or practice is not for some people. I’ve experienced it personally so I know it works for me. It’s taught me good habits anyway especially with the clutter and I do get compliments whenever anyone comes to visit me. I designed my garden not knowing the principles when I did it and somehow what I did made sense to me/felt right. It felt really good being in my garden and since implementing what I’ve learnt so far on Feng Shui garden design, it feels even more fantastic – so just perfect for me!
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