Bal­ance in gar­den

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Gardening - Sara Fitz­patrick

WE all know the an­cient Chi­nese art of feng shui can be used in the home to cre­ate har­mony.

But did you know the prac­tice ex­tends into the gar­den too?

Ju­liana Abram from the Feng Shui Cen­tre shares her land­scap­ing tips for cre­at­ing the ideal feng shui out­door area, pro­vid­ing a re­lax­ing, wel­com­ing and en­er­gis­ing space.

Front gar­den

More fo­cus is usu­ally ap­plied to the front land­scap­ing of the home, as this is what first im­pacts you and vis­i­tors. The most im­por­tant thing to do here is en­sure ad­e­quate open space for chi (a vi­tal force form­ing part of any liv­ing thing) to gather.

Rear gar­den

The rear gar­den is im­por­tant, as it sets the scene for sta­bil­ity and there­fore it is ideal to have height along the very back fence line of your prop­erty. In the ab­sence of this nat­u­ral for­ma­tion, you could plant tall and dense fo­liage along the rear. All veg­e­ta­tion es­tab­lishes a con­nec­tion with the earth that grows stronger with time, so long-lived plants, trees and shrubs are greatly favoured.

Plants to con­sider are the en­dur­ing bam­boo or ma­jes­tic Chi­nese ap­ple tree. The el­e­gant palm tree on its own is not the best op­tion.

An­other idea is to use trail­ing plants such as bougainvil­lea – thorns will keep out bur­glars and the colours will brighten your day.

Ap­ply the five el­e­ments of feng shui

In­cor­po­rate wa­ter, wood, fire, earth and metal in your gar­den. Con­sider a bird bath, pond or foun­tain, wooden fur­ni­ture, lanterns or a fire pit and metal art or wind chimes.

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