The garden is no longer just some space in your home where you go to for fresh air or for having your fill of green. Now it is actually one of the main spots you have to look into when your life isn’t going the way it should be. You see, in feng shui, garden landscape design and how it shows balance and harmony are said to greatly affect a person’s life since man and his environment are actually connected. And so, if you’re thinking of giving your garden some feng shui boost, it is helpful to know first, the idea behind the ancient practice in order to achieve the right “life-altering” effect.
Feng shui, which means “wind” and “water” respectively, simply works on the principle that the positive energy called “Chi” must always be in jive with nature in order to maintain that sparkle in man’s everyday life. This chi is found in the balance of the five elements in nature: the earth, fire, metal, wood and water, and which constitute either a Yin or Yang energy. When the natural flow of energy is disturbed, it can cause a glitch in a person’s life. Thus, some aspect of a person’s life can be affected, may it be in relationships, career, health and everything else in between.
The elements don’t have to be literal. Rather, they work as representations – like landscape garden water fountains. These can provide the water element that is needed for a more positive flow or movement of chi around the garden, and into the house. While wind chimes and some tall trees strategically planted in one area of the garden can provide metal and earth elements respectively.
Traditionally, a feng shui garden landscape design in such a way that each spot in the landscape is likened to the characteristics of four animals: The Black Tortoise – if viewed from the front of the house – is located at the back, probably in the form of a slightly higher terrain or a slope. This can are by tall trees or buildings creating a symbolic wall of support. When you don’t have a view of trees or building in this area, it can suggest a feeling of nonsupport.
On the right of the house, a landscape a bit smaller than the Black Tortoise is the Green Dragon. The dragon represents all the Yang or masculine properties: light, hard and active. It is the energy that pushes or motivates the occupants of the house to go out and do something for themselves. In the garden, this energy is enhanced by placing small bushes or a fence around the area, roughly the same size as that of the house or property.
The White Tiger serves as the Yin energy which is more feminine, being passive, soft and dark. It is located to the left of the house and is smaller than the Green Dragon and so, every object located in this area is a bit lower – being passive – than those of the dragon.
The front of the house is where the Red Bird or Phoenix should fly free and thus, is represented by an open space, signaling life’s opportunities. That is why the landscaping should be uncluttered, with everything low and allowing everything to be within sight.
The balance of all the elements in a feng shui garden landscape design is the one that creates a “feel-good” garden, rather than just the sight and smell of the flowers, the cooling breeze from gentle flapping of the trees’ leaves – all of which are just part of a grand design of order in nature.