Integrate the Power of Feng Shui into Your Yard

Enjoy the health benefits of feng shui by incorporating its design elements into your yard.

As far as the size of your yard goes, it is not particularly important when incorporating feng shui design to it. brk-344-5__28521.jpg If you have a lush, beautiful one, that is great, but even a small area works well with feng shui design.

Feng shui tools are identical whether you are working in your garden or your home. In order to learn the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first want to know your home’s bagua.

It is also important to know the five elements in the theory of feng shui and how best to use each one to make the most of its energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should include in the northeast part of your garden because that part of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. Since rocks symbolize the Earth element in feng shui, you might give some thought to putting some into a serene Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas perfect for a water element.

Where are the World’s Tallest Water Features?

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the highest continually-functioning fountain worldwide. Reaching incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain propels water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water jetting up 202 meters (663 feet).

Located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is third placed Gateway Geyser (1995). Considered the highest fountain in the United States, it propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

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

Number 4: On a typical day the water is limited to 91 meters (300 feet) at the Fountain Park feature in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but it is capable of propelling water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are working.

The Dubai Fountain, opened to the public in 2009, is located next to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and rockets 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.

Built in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at #7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

And at number 8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

Water Features: A Necessity in any Japanese Landscapes

Japanese gardens typically include a water feature. They tend to be placed right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are considered representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. Since water is the most essential element of any Japanese fountain, the design is normally simple.

Many people also get a water fountain that includes a bamboo spout. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically crafted of natural rocks, and water trickles out. It ought to have a worn-down, weathered look and feel as well. It is essential that the overall look of the fountain goes with the natural setting, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. Obviously, this fountain is something more than just a regular decoration.

If you want to get a bit more imaginative, try a stone fountain decorated with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. Eventually moss begins to grow 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. 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. Other alternatives include stones, gravel, or sand to symbolize water. The impression of a creek with moving water can also be achieved by placing flat stones very closely together.


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