A garden is the perfect way to become one with nature. As you align with the elements you most resonate, your garden becomes a reflection of you.
Translated literally, Feng Shui means Wind Water. Wind represents the energy we cannot see but can feel. “Water represents the energy in our physical spaces we can see.
Feng Shui is based on the principles of the cycles of nature using the 5 elements, helping us to create balance in our lives as we connect with our environment. A garden is the perfect way to become one with nature. As you align with the elements you most resonate, your garden becomes a reflection of you.
The 5 elements are around us all the time, influencing us through the seasons, colors, shapes and even our behavior. The 5 elements referred to in Feng Shui are Water, Tree, Fire, Earth and Metal.
I am sure you have noticed that when spring arrives, we become energized, are excited to witness all the green sprouting up from the earth. We want to get outside, start doing things, “spring cleaning” to embrace the new beginnings before us, this is the influence of the “Tree” element. “This element is alive with the energy of early morning, the plants and the trees. The colors are shades of bright greens with the supporting shapes of tall vertical columns. Accents of stripes, florals, planters and logs connect us to the practical active energy of Tree.
Following spring comes Summer! Summer is full of fun & excitement – the element of Fire! Bright spirited colors of red, fuchsia, yellow and orange support playfulness and passions. Whimsical accents & sparkling lights and angular shapes as flames support this spirited element. Fire brings us clarity, illumination & transformation. It is the time of high noon, when all is at its peak.
After all the fun of the summer, we slow down as we take time to pause, feeling that settling energy of earth. The time of day around 3:00 pm, when we just pause, yet the day has not ended. Earth energy is supportive, nurturing and comfort. Colors depicting earth range from pale ivories, warm golds, terracotta to warm chocolate browns. Supportive shapes of rectangles and squares using brick and tile, along with comfy cozy overstuffed seating depict the element earth.
Autumn brings us the energy of Metal, when all is contracting and coming to completion, the time of early evening at the end of the day. Metal is the element of refinement, focus and control. Clean precise lines, stones and dome shapes and the metallic colors of silver, bronze and gold as well as clean white depict the element of metal.
Once all is complete, it is time to begin the cycle again, the time of stillness and reflection brings us to the season of winter and time of midnight, the element of Water. Irregular shapes with curves and paths which meander and flow depict the element of Water. The colors of turquoise, deep blues and black support the energy of water, allowing us to be free to go with the flow, adapt and “just be.”
The Feng Shui Garden is aligned with Nature
1. Logic Prevails
Items placed in the garden should support the balance of nature, plants and trees. They should be inherent to the area, only plant those which do naturally belong.
Allow plants and trees to grow naturally, using stakes only for support.
A Feng Shui Garden takes heed of changing seasons.
A Feng Shui Garden Gives Pleasure.
2. Feng Shui Form
Create the “armchair formation.” You should feel as if your garden is being hugged, embraced and protected. Create your “mountain” of support behind the garden with trees, shrubs or fence, extending around the sides.
Paths should be curved, keeping the edges soft and fluid.
3. Create the Garden That Represents Your Heart
Feng Shui teaches us that Love Has the Highest Vibration
Love Everything in Your Garden
After All ~ It’s All About You!
Lois Kramer-Perez, CHt. is a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner & Educator, Owner of Mambo Feng Shui and Author, Breakthrough Results - Feng Shui for Your Space and Your Soul, Lois helps people create healthy and abundant lifestyles with feng shui.