June 24th, 2013
Enhancing Your Garden With Feng Shui
 

Enhancing Your Garden With Feng Shui 

 

From a feng shui perspective the front exterior  areas of your home are the most important since they affect all the Chi [energy] that comes into your home. "Curb appeal" was thought about long before HGTV! Whether you are conscious of it or not, the first thing you see when you arrive home significantly impacts your feelings and attitude.

Here are a few feng shui principles to help you create an entry, garden, or landscape that you will love coming home to!
 
  • Curved Pathways are preferred over straight. Curved paths mimic what is found in nature and our subconscious recognizes the natural shape as familiar. To soften a straight path or walkway add some plants or shrubs at intervals along the sides.

  walkway

  • Avoid plants that have sharp leaves or thorns along the path to your entry door.  Rose bushes, holly, and cactus are a few examples of plants that have thorny leaves that provoke a defensive, uncomfortable reaction. Reserve them for the areas of your landscape that are far away from the entry.

 

  • Water is the source of life and is a key element in feng shui. Living near an ocean, lake or river is not always an available option but you don't need to miss out on the vital energy that water brings. Installing a small fountain or water sculpture (with the water flowing towards the house) and even a birdbath, is easy and fun. 


  • Flowers lift our spirits and soothe our soul. Flowers truly are a gift whether you give them as a bouquet to someone or whether they are sitting in large pots on your front porch. Create balance and harmony by varying heights, repeating colors, and alternating containers.  
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  • Sense Appeal.  Be aware of all your senses as you create your outdoor environment:  The fragrance of flowers (lilac, lavender),  the sound of water and wind (fountains, wind-chimes), the feel of texture  (river rock, flagstone), the visual appeal of the landscape (colorful flowers,  white picket fence),  the taste of healthy food (fruits, vegetables, herbs).  
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  • Last but not least, keep everything well-maintained, healthy, and clutter free. Trim any overgrown bushes and shrubs. They should be far enough away from the house that they don't actually touch it and low enough that they do not cover the windows. The pathways to all entries of the house should be clear and unobstructed, and plants need to be pruned and watered.  

        

  Start loving your home from the outside in!


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