Ways Feng Shui Turn Your Yard into Place to Relax

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

Do not be concerned if your garden is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. c_109__08491.jpg Of course, a huge area is great if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller areas as well.

Whether you are adding feng shui design to your home or garden, the methods are the same. The first part is to understand the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

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

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast part of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. A Zen garden with some lovely natural rocks is perfect for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

Anyone thinking about adding a water element into their garden should place it in one of these feng shui areas: North (career & path in life), Southeast (money and abundance), or East (health & family).

Big Water Fountains Across the World

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest consistently-running fountain on the planet. Reaching incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain propels water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

Reaching water levels of 202 meters (663 feet), the World Cup Fountain in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), is recognized as the 2nd highest worldwide.

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), situated close to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. This fountain is considered the tallest in the U.S. with water reaching up to 192 meters (630 feet).

Next is Port Fountain (2006) in Karachi, Pakistan, where the water jets 190 meters (620 feet) high.

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

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 close 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.

Built in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at number 7 shooting water up to 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).

Water Elements: Fundamental in any Japanese Gardens

No Japanese garden is complete without a water element. Since Japanese water fountains are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned at the entrance of buildings or shrines. Since water is supposed to be the central point of a fountain, you will find that the designs are kept very simple.

Many people also choose a water fountain that has a bamboo spout. Below the bamboo spout is typically a stone basin which receives the water as it trickles down from the spout. Even when new, it should be designed to look as if it has been out in the open for a long time. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are commonly put in place around a fountain so that it seems more interconnected with nature. To the owner of the fountain, it clearly is more than just nice decor.

An alternate approach is to find a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. In time, as moss gradually covers the rocks, it starts to look even more natural-looking.

If you are blessed enough to have a big plot of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Nice add-ons include a babbling brook or tiny pool with koi in it.

There are different options if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Good options include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to give the impression of a rippling brook.


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