Feng Shui in the garden
The subject of Feng Shui is very exciting and inexhaustible. So far we have focused on the interiors of the house. Now it is time to take a look at the garden and design it in such a way that the chi can flow freely and harmoniously.
We are happy to explain how you can strengthen the positive forces in your garden, avoid the negative ones and create the harmony of the five elements earth, metal, water, wood and fire. The focus is on the opposing poles Yin and Yang, which have to be in balance in order to create harmony. That is why a balance has to be found between sunny and shady corners in the garden, open and densely vegetated areas as well as lively and quiet places. The orientation of the garden is also particularly important because it determines which of the five elements predominates. In the gardening theory according to Feng Shui, certain colors, materials, shapes and plants are assigned to them.
Gardens facing east and south-east belong to the element of wood. This is why tall, slender, climbing and branched plants such as bamboo grow particularly well here. For a southern garden with the element of Freur, plants with pointed leaves, spines and thorns such as roses are recommended. If the direction of the compass is south-west or north-east and the element is earth, plant species that grow flat and point towards the earth, such as stone herbs (alyssum), are very suitable. Gardens facing west and north-west belong to the element of metal. That is why plants with a spherical, round or semicircular shape like flowering plants grow here. If the garden belongs to the element of water and is fanned out to the north, plants with wavy leaves and shoots as well as irregular growth such as boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) will feel comfortable. However, the most important requirement when designing a Feng Shui garden is balance. A little of everything, too much of nothing – that’s how easy it is to achieve balance.
A nine-part grid, the so-called bagua, divides the garden into different areas, each of which is assigned to specific life themes. These are wealth, fame, partnership, family, children, knowledge, careers, and friends. With the help of this grid, you get an overview of exactly where you can intervene to bring about positive changes. You can find out more about this here.
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