Make the en­ergy of your garden joy­ful

Use dif­fer­ent colours, veg­e­ta­tion, water features, garden fur­ni­ture and wind chimes to gen­er­ate pos­i­tive chi

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Good garden feng shui nour­ishes the en­ergy that sur­rounds our liv­ing space, mak­ing it more ap­peal­ing and wel­com­ing. This can be done with colour, veg­e­ta­tion, water features, garden fur­ni­ture, lights, wind chimes and other garden ac­ces­sories. Make the en­ergy of your garden joy­ful and heal­ing with the fol­low­ing doable feng shui tips: En­trance: The en­trance to your home is of prime im­por­tance. Keep­ing your front door clut­ter free and clean at­tracts good chi. If there is a path lead­ing to your front door, it should not be straight. In­side the garden too, me­an­der­ing and wind­ing walking paths are pre­ferred over straight ones as they in­crease the chi. Try bor­der­ing them with flow­ers, creep­ers, fast grow­ing shrubs and

aro­matic herbs etc. Clut­ter: Get rid of dead flow­ers, tree stumps and plants as they all cre­ate neg­a­tive chi. Groom your garden by reg­u­larly check­ing for dried leaves, de­bris etc. Keep branches of trees and shrubs well trimmed. Fur­ni­ture: Use ta­bles (prefer­ably wood) with large round edges and chairs with flow­ing curves to en­hance the flow of chi. Place round ter­ra­cotta or earth­en­ware pots in the south-west area to dra­mat­i­cally im­prove your mar­riage/ro­mance and the north-east area for ed­u­ca­tion and knowl­edge.

Set­ting up ta­bles and chairs with um­brel­las are the ul­ti­mate sym­bol of shel­ter and pro­tec­tion. Do not place benches in ex­posed parts of the garden. Re­pair dam­aged con­tain­ers and pots to avoid at­tract­ing sick­ness. Pro­tec­tion: Plant tall trees and vo­lu­mi­nous shrubs at the back of your feng shui garden for se­cu­rity, pri­vacy and sup­port. Tra­di­tion­ally tur­tles and tor­toises are guardians of good chi. They strengthen it and lend great pro­tec­tion. So, to cre­ate sup­port and sta­bil­ity for the house, place them in the back­yard. Water: The place­ment of water features (pools, foun­tains, etc) is es­sen­tial to a feng shui garden. South­east (money and abun­dance); east (health and fam- ily) and north (ca­reer and path in life) are ex­cel­lent ar­eas for water feng shui el­e­ment en­ergy. Main­te­nance: If you al­ready have a water fea­ture, then make sure the water stays sparkling clear, cir­cu­lates con­stantly and and is not stag­nant and does not have dead or sick plants or fish. Make sure it is not the cen­tral fo­cus and does not over­power the rest of the garden. The light: Light­ing can high­light plants and fo­liage bring­ing a warm glow to your garden. Lights rep­re­sent fire and give out pos­i­tive yang en­ergy adding to the am­bi­ence of your garden. Hang lanterns from hooks or trees in the south of your garden, be­cause this di­rec­tion sym­bol­ises the fire el­e­ment.

sounds: Wind chimes can be used to cre­ate gen­tle sounds and heal­ing feng shui vi­bra­tions in the air. A metal wind chime can be placed in the west, north-west and north, while a wood/bam­boo chime can be placed in the east, south-east, and south Bagua ar­eas which are de­ter­mined with the help of a Bagua, a spe­cial feng shui. tool. Chimes with hol­low tubes are con­sid­ered ideal. Colours: En­cour­age the fire en­ergy in the south with red or pur­ple flower colours, or earth en­ergy in the south-west with light yel­low flow­ers.

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