Feng Shui Garden Design

Feng shui garden design

Feng Shui originated in China approximately 6,000 years ago. Feng Shui involves the arrangement of objects in relation to the flow of Qi (Chi, ) “natural energy” to bring about happiness, abundance and harmony. Literally, Feng Shui translates to “wind” (Feng) and “water” (Shui).

There are many types of Feng Shui, however this post will describe one of the original forms called “Compass School”. This form uses “Patterns of Chi” which involves the use of a compass, hence the name.Bagua

Feng Shui uses the 8 directions of the compass represented by the 8 outer squares with the center square represents the center of your life.

Each compass direction has certain colors and elements associated with it: earth, water, wood, metal or fire (The 5 Elements). These colors and elements are used in the design to balance and harmonize the garden. Each of these areas is called a “gua” in Chinese. “Ba” means eight, therefore the “Bagua” means 8 areas.

Feng Shui is a concept you don’t learn in one reading. Mastery of the craft can take years of learning. However, the chart (or following verbiage) can give you a great start to the structure of your Feng Shui garden or spruce-up your current one. There are a variety of tools available in Feng Shui to unblock energy and balance the garden (and your life). So, if you feel you need some help in a certain area of your life, accent that specific qua.

  • Color adds emotional, physiological and social content to our lives. We associate certain things with color, such as holidays, events and emotions. In Feng Shui, color is primarily used to correspond and balance The 5 Elements.
  • Natural lighting is a simple way to bring more chi into your garden. Clearly, the most natural of light is sunlight and moonlight, which the garden has in spades. However, to supplement at night, use full-spectrum landscape lighting or fireplaces/pits work also.
  • Sound creates a strong connection to our natural environment. Attracting birds and other friendly wildlife can create a flurry of noises. Water features such as fountains and ponds will stimulate the movement of chi in and around your garden.
  • Any type of art can enhance chi. The selection and placement of art depends on what area of the bagua (8 areas) you need to activate. Your choice of art should reflect your specific tastes and relate positive images and feelings. Try to patch the art’s material with the element of the qua.
  • Plants and objects that utilize the wind such as grasses, large-leafed trees, wind chimes, mobiles and weather vanes attract chi into your garden.
How to enhance the 8 squares of the bagua:

NORTHrock water fall

  • Energy: This area represents your career or your path in life
  • Element: Water
  • Color: Blue or black
  • Type of adornment: Natural stone features or rocks with water

NORTHEASTzen garden

  • Energy: Corresponds to your personal, spiritual and educational growth
  • Element: Earth
  • Color: Yellow, brown, pink (other earthy tones)
  • Type of adornment: Bench to practice mindfulness or a Zen garden

EASTWooden bridge

  • Energy: Symbolizes the family and your health
  • Element: Wood
  • Color: Green
  • Type of adornment: Anything made from wood

SOUTHEASTWood sculpture

  • Energy: Represents wealth and opportunity in your life
  • Element: Wood
  • Color: Purple, green, red, blue and gold
  • Type of adornment: Wooden garden art or wood pile for burning

SOUTHswings at firepit

  • Energy: Symbolizes fame, success and recognition
  • Element: Fire
  • Color: Red
  • Type of adornment: A BBQ, fire pit or candles

SOUTHWESTdining area

  • Energy: Brings love, relationships or peace
  • Element: Earth
  • Color: Brown, white, pink, yellow, red
  • Type of adornment: Patio with table for dining

WESTyoga area

  • Energy: Is for creativity and dreaming
  • Element: Metal
  • Color: White, silver, gray or copper
  • Type of adornment: Jungle-gym, yoga/work-out spot or art area

NORTHWESToutdoor seating

  • Energy: Corresponds to travel and helping people
  • Element: Metal
  • Color: Gray, white, black, anything metallic in color
  • Type of adornment: Sitting area for family and friends

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4 thoughts on “Feng Shui Garden Design

  1. I love it… and even to watch the photos brings a little peace… maybe I can find at least a part of our garden for such a good thing… or I buy such a sandbox for the desk…

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