Feng Shui Tips to Help your Landscape Design

Gardens are one of the best features of any house. This is where, they say, all the simple pleasures are and this is precisely why most people choose this spot for relaxation and socialization, more than any other part of the house. Have you ever noticed that some gardens make you feel good? If you ask the experts, they’ll say such a garden has good Feng Shui.

Feng Shui is a Chinese system used to create a harmonious and peaceful environment. Feng Shui principles can be used inside as well as outside your home. That peaceful sense is created in the garden by arranging plants and ornaments in a way that the flow of Chi (positive energies) produces a feeling of peace and tranquility. The symmetry between shapes and patterns and color in nature are the best source of inspiration; also called Sacred Geometry.

Though I do not believe in the spiritual or religious aspects of Feng Shui I do believe that the principals I am about to share with you do make a difference in the way you and your friends will feel about your garden.

Feng Shui TipsThe concept and practice of Feng-Shui (which literally means wind and water) can be dated back as early as the fourth century BC, and consolidation of the system is believed to have taken place in the third and fourth century AD. Feng Shui (fung schway) originated in ancient China, as farmers sought to survive through finding harmony with nature, but in recent years it has moved to the West and entered the mainstream of the modern design world. Internationally renowned interior designers, architects, and landscapers are adopting Feng Shui precepts in their work.

The fundamentals of Feng Shui are all about the simple “art of placement.” This ancient Chinese principle does not have to be complicated. In the yard or garden, let the flawless design of nature inspire you and use it as an environmental guide. The following tips provide some trouble-free ideas to consider when planning your Feng Shui landscape design.

1. Before you start any Feng Shui practice, remember it is not just about doing placement of plants etc. using Feng Shui design but knowing yourself and your universe better so you can get positive results.

2. Your home and garden area should include elements of rock, trees and water – three life-sustaining natural materials. Give your yard some life with small shrubbery offset by larger trees, a small stream or natural fountain, and rock beds to border your garden or pathway.

3. For a Feng Shui garden, the main consideration is that the landscaping looks good, and that it is in keeping with the rest of the environment, as living in a beautiful, stimulating environment is better than living in an ugly, dull one.

Feng Shui Tips4. Flowers and colorful plants can be used as long as they fit within the environment. Color combinations may consist of harmonies or contrast for a beautiful flower bed. Placing flowerbeds or flower arrangements in ceramic pots around your front door gives everyone who walks in a feeling of welcome, especially if they are beautiful and well-tended. De-clutter your front door area, making sure all dead plants are removed and that garbage cans are not placed in this area. If animals appeal to you, place images of two lions or dogs lying down — the most traditional are Chinese fu dogs — on the left and right of your front door. The resting gesture of the animals reflects that you are both open to visitors and also protected. This is a fun and safe symbol for the front of your home.

5. One of the key factors that need to be considered with Feng Shui is balance. Balance is important for all facets of life – believe it or not, balance is also important for your living arrangement. The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui is all about achieving balance through placement. The theory is, with the proper placement of objects around your home, you will find inner peace and wellbeing – a short order for a lifetime of fulfillment.

6. A way of bringing forth balance is by using different elements: water, earth, fire (example: pointy leaves of plants represent this element) rocks, metals (flower pots, or wind chimes), wood element (trees or a wooden bench to sit and reflect on the day’s events.

Feng Shui Tips7. A gently curving path is believed to help chi flow through the garden. Straight lines are to be avoided, since they’re thought to “rush” the chi too quickly. The circle or sphere represents the eternal perfection of the heavens. The strength of the earth is achieved by making squares which also mean foundation and stability. Triangles represent mind, body and spirit. Labyrinths are spiritual paths. A central point in the garden provides orientation and should be an inviting focus.

If you integrate the above Feng Shui garden design tips into your practice you will soon start noticing the positive changes it is having. You will realize that once you create this harmony, more birds, butterflies, praying mantis will arrive on the scene to share and add to this energized area. You will find this area to be one that attracts your friends to your garden area as well. Design your garden using the ancient art of Feng Shui for a tranquil place in nature that is inviting, relaxing and energizing.

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