A Feng Shui Landscape

Feng Shui, developed more than three hundred years ago is the belief by the ancient Chinese that the natural, physical as well as the astronomical energies surrounding us promote health and happiness. Feng Shui translated means wind and water. There is the understanding that everything around us is full of “chi” (energy) and with proper balance we can have prosperity and harmony.

Your landscape is not just a lot of plants as it also tells all about how you feel about life. The outdoor space is alive with energy and if you want to channel that energy to your advantage for well being of yourself or your family, you have to place every object in accordance with the principles that will bring harmony which will result in a healing an prosperous environment.

In Feng Shui, the environment is divided into eight directions. Each has a special characteristic which can be used to the best advantage. The North is for creativity, inspiration and personal growth. Waterfall or fountain will heighten its influence; The Northeast is knowledge, wisdom and growth spiritually and earth items such as stone benches and rock gardens should be placed here; The East is for new life and rejuvenation as well as good health. Wood, plants and herbs should be placed in this direction; The Southeast represents wealth and prosperity. Use plant and trees but avoid metal; The South has opportunities and dreams and is a good place for fire such as a barbeque pit; The Southwest represents romance, marriage and motherhood. Here you place a seating arrangement and avoid trees; The West is for children’s swings, etc. fire should not be used here; The Northwest represents travel, fatherhood and trace use metal her and avoid fire.

Among some of the other things that will help to create a feng shui garden is water. Water is a positive energy but one should avoid any standing or stagnant water. Avoid having ponds, however a waterfall or fountain can be used instead. When you plant in a feng shui garden, avoid any plants that look spiky or have thorns. Your garden should have multicolored flowers in it all year long. Herbs and spices of the medicinal variety should be prevalent in your feng shui garden.

Good feng shui is dependant on balance in color, placement, shape and size of the elements. They relate to one another and also affect one another. These elements can bring good health, harmony in the home and good balance. Your indoor and outdoor environment is all a part of you; therefore, your landscape should afford you peace and balance.

If there is diversity or disorganization in your life, each part of the diversity and disorganization affects some other aspect of your life. Using Feng Shui will bring everything back in balance and back to its normal state.

Want to find more landscape ideas? Stop by Richard McIntyre’s site where you can find out all about backyard landscaping ideas as well as more articles on landscaping and gardening topics.

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