Clean up “The Dirt” In Your Garden with Feng Shui
Designing a warm garden environment to help you and your guests feel welcome is what Feng Shui achieves. An inviting Feng Shui garden delights your senses and balances your space.This has a direct impact on all areas of your life, your wealth, health, relationships and career. If your garden is full of clutter like dead plants, broken pots, garbage or things that need fixing, then chances are your finances, health and relationships are full of chaos as well.
Feng Shui changes are often simple and use the objects you already have. These changes create a sense of joy and peace. People feel more inspired and motivated – they can feel the difference.
All of the objects we have in our gardens either make us feel good or bad. In turn, this affects how we feel every day. Eliminating clutter enables energy to move more freely and smoothly. Consequently, our lives flow more freely and smoothly too.To balance our spaces, we use the five elements in Feng Shui – wood, water, metal, earth, and fire. Each element has different characteristics.
Here are TOP ten tips to help you create a Feng Shui garden:
1. Clear the clutter.
This eliminates stale and stagnant energy. Outer clutter equals inner clutter. So, starting with a clean, organized space is key to good Feng Shui. This also includes trimming overgrown trees or plants, and removing excess furniture or pots.
2. Assess sunny and shady areas.
Identify which parts of the garden get sun and which get shade and protection. There should be a good balance of both in a Feng Shui garden. This allows you to have a variety of shady and sun plants.
3. Decide on a type of garden. Here are a few examples:
- Zen garden – great for relaxation and meditation.
- Kitchen garden – useful for growing vegetables and herbs.
- Low maintenance garden – filled with natural vegetation and flowers.
- All-season garden – contains blooms all year long.
- Entertaining garden – usually includes a barbecue, patio, and space for games.
Design your garden according to your needs and desires. The goal is to make your garden a place of comfort. If it doesn’t feel right, chances are your space is unbalanced and changes need to be made.
4. Use natural materials.
Whenever possible, it is important to use natural materials such as native plants, wood items, rocks, and mulch to add to the visual appeal. For example, plastic furniture is not good use of material in Feng Shui. Instead, choose wood or metal when possible.
5. Add a water feature.
The addition of water to your garden adds sound and brings in the flow of abundance. A slow moving fountain or pond raises the chi energy and generates more prosperity in your life. Always be sure the water is flowing towards your home.
6. Choose different colours.
Diversifying the colour of items will help balance the space and make your garden more visually appealing. In particular, try balancing reds, oranges, and purples (fire colours) with whites, yellows and pastels (calming colours).
7. Use different heights.
Varying the height of plants stimulates our sight and creates a more interesting space.
8. Create meandering paths.
Winding paths slow down the chi energy and keep it within the space. Straight passageways allow it to escape more easily.
9. Segregate sharp, pointy plants.
Avoid positioning plants with sharp, pointy leaves such as roses and holly beside paths. They give off negative energy and could harm you and your guests if you rub against them.
10. Make a list.
Prioritize what needs to be done first. Don’t overwhelm yourself and try to do everything at once. Take your time – creating a good Feng Shui garden is about the journey and connecting with nature.
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