Integrate the Vitality of Feng Shui into Your Garden

angel cherub__67925.jpg Introduce feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can carry energy into your home.

As far as the size of your garden goes, it is not particularly important when adding feng shui design to it. A huge space is great for those fortunate enough to have it, but a smaller area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The same tools you employ to include feng shui design into your living space can be used in the garden. As the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your house’s bagua, you will need to begin by knowing the bagua of the house.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is vital to start by understanding how to bolster each of its five elements.

The Earth element, for example, should be located in the northeast portion of your garden which connects to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. Since rocks epitomize the Earth element in feng shui, you might give some thought to putting some into a tranquil Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Give some thought to integrating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

The Purpose of Water Features in Japanese Landscapes

You will never see a Japanese garden that does not have a water element. Since Japanese water fountains are considered emblematic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned at the entrance of buildings or shrines. Since water is supposed to be the focal point of a fountain, you will notice that the designs are kept very simple.

Moreover, water fountains that have bamboo spouts are very popular. The bamboo spout is positioned over the basin, typically constructed of natural rocks, and water trickles out. Even when new, it should be designed to look as if it has been out in the open for a long time. It is essential that the overall look of the fountain fits in with the natural surroundings, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. As you can likely guess, this fountain is symbolic rather than purely decorative.

For something a bit more distinctive, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then decorate it creatively with live bamboo and other natural elements. Gradually moss begins to creep over the stones and cover them, and as that happens the area begins to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

If you are lucky enough to have a big section of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Lots of people include a koi pond or a tiny stream as a final touch.

There are alternative options if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Lots of people prefer to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in actual water.

Natural rocks that are flat and laid out tightly together can be used to produce the illusion of moving water.

Where are the Planet's Biggest Water Displays?

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the highest continually-functioning fountain worldwide. The water reaches the fantastic height of 260 meters (853 feet) over the Red Sea.

Coming in 2nd is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water shooting 202 meters (663 feet).

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which reaches third place. Considered the highest fountain in the United States, it jets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

With water ejected 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes it on the list.

Number 4: Fountain Park (1970), Fountain Hills, Arizona - although it can reach heights of 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating, it only reaches 91 meters (300 feet) on a normal day.

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 next to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and propels water to the height of 73 meters (240 feet) - it also has extreme shooters which reach 150 meters (490 feet), though these are only used on special occasions.

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

The last impressive fountain to make the list is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, measuring 140 meters (460 feet).


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