Integrate the Benefit of Feng Shui into Your Backyard

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will bring its healthy energy into your home as well.

Size is not the main consideration when adding feng shui design to your yard. A sizeable space is great for those privileged enough to have it, but a smaller area can still be useful in feng shui design.

Whether you are adding feng shui design to your home or garden, the methods are the same. The initial part is to know the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that. p-393__71584.jpg

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is important to start by learning how to strengthen each of its five elements.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be integrated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that area connects to self-cultivation and personal growth energy. 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.

A water feature is a suitable add-on to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).

Choosing Chimes for Your Backyard

Simple wind chimes function better than more complex ones so as to not create imbalance in decor styles. The main goal is for them to fit in easily anywhere they are positioned. And remember, the importance of sound is greater than the look when it comes to wind chimes. Consider a simpler aluminum type of wind chime over a more decorative set since these typically generate a more pristine sound quality.

Installing your chimes at different heights is important when making your very own wind chime garden. For instance, setting up your wind chimes on a sundeck, in a small line of trees, or amidst flowers can create a beautiful outdoor environment. The sound will dance with depth across your garden each time the wind blows through. Hanging wind chimes in your eyeline so you can appreciate the dawn and sundown will allow you to appreciate their visual aspects. Aluminum wind chime gardens fit very well with rock configurations, water features (such as a waterfall or a birdbath) and surrounding evergreens.

The Prevalence of Water Elements in Japanese Landscapes

You will never see a Japanese garden that does not feature a water feature. You will often see Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are regarded as symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing. Since water is meant to be the central point of a fountain, you will notice that the designs are kept very simple.

Bamboo is a widely accepted material to use for spouts and therefore often incorporated into water fountains. The basin, which tends to be fashioned of stones, receives the water as it flows down from the bamboo spout. Even when new, it should be crafted to appear as if it has been outside 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. Clearly this fountain is much more than simply a beautiful add-on.

An alternative is to get a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. The point is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

More substantial water features can be developed if there is enough open land. Consider adding a lovely final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

However, water does not have to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. Attractive rocks, sand, or gravel are good alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to symbolize the water. Natural rocks that are flat and laid out tightly together can be used to create the illusion of flowing water.


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