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The garden lived as a place of well-being


GARDEN

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In the Far East a Feng Shui garden occupies a special place. To create a place of strength, it takes an essential prerequisite: the positive energy - the so-called Chi - must circulate freely.


HOW CAN YOU REACH THIS AIM?

Feng Shui can be realized in every garden, balcony or terrace and helps to increase energy and turn it into a place of regeneration, strength and peace. The purpose of Feng Shui is to produce the harmony between man and his environment.

To achieve this aim, it is necessary to strengthen the positive forces and avoid the negative ones, in order to create more harmony among the Five Elements. It is assumed that all five elements are already in harmony with each another so that they can ensure an energy flow.

Try to plan a garden Feng Shui with colors and objects that already exist in the environment: like walls of the house and garden, garden furniture, vases etc. All this is the frame for the entire project with Feng Shui.

For many people, the garden is a small oasis of relaxation behind the house. It helps as a place to find the balance, away from a stressful and noisy working life, and is considered by many gardeners as a unique refuge. The plot of any garden of any size or grandeur can be made harmonious.

The ideal garden should be planned in accordance with the principle of the landscape Feng Shui: the Turtle in the back of the house as protection, represented by hills, high trees and hedges or walls. On the left side the Dragon should be trees, on the right side the Tiger with rather low hedges and in front the Phoenix with low plants that gives a nice view.

The Feng Shui cure in a garden is a water fountain that should be in front of the house. It holds an active and positive Chi, allowing it to enter freely into the house. The water fountain helps to reactivate a stagnant Chi, restores the balance of the area and produces a beneficial Yang energy. Water flowing toward the front door brings wealth and prosperity, but the water that flows from the house can lead to loss of wealth, or an increase of financial problems.

The Five Elements determine what is allowed in the garden and what is not.

One can plan the surrounding environment to improve the energy flow. This is true for the interior space as for the outer one. Therefore, Feng Shui plays an important role in gardening. Here are the Five Elements - Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire - that need to be conciliated with each other. Each of the Five Elements is associated with a specific colours, plants, shapes and materials.

The orientation of the garden in relation to the house, plays a key role. This means that you can determine which is the dominant element in the garden.


A garden facing East and South-East

Belongs to the Wood element: tall plants will grow well here and climb the wall, but also bamboo and rather vigorous plants as clematis and purple verbasco, fit well in this area. The Wood is represented by straight and upwards lines . The typical Wood element is representated by colours green, light blue and turquoise. Very good is the combination with red (Wood feeds Fire). All colours and shapes of the Water element (Water nourishes Wood) are favorably influencing the effect of the energy flow in a garden oriented South East and East. The introduction of a Metal element (Metal exhaust Wood) , will balance the energy.


GARDEN ORIENTED SOUTH

This garden belongs to the Fire element. Plants will grow well upwards, with pointed leaves and thorns. The ideal colours are red, orange, pink, violet, fuchsia. As flowers should be chosen sunflowers, lilies and roses. The Fire element is represented by pointed, triangular, star shape and sharp edges forms. Finally, to balance these elements a desirable combination with Earth colors such as ocher, ivory and brown, and Wood materials and objects (Wood feeds Fire) a well as Water elements (Water switches off Fire).


GARDEN ORIENTED SOUTH WEST AND NORTH EAST

This garden belongs to the Earth element. Here the soil is more suitable for flat growing plants and bushes. The colours are yellow, ocher, brown, orange (pink and ivory). As Earth nourishes Metal, the suitable colours are gold, silver and white. Good plants are alyssum, broom stone and juniper. The Earth element is represented by square, rectangular, flat forms, low with a smooth surface. To balance the elements in the South West and North East can be used all colours, objects, materials and forms of the Fire element(Fire produces ash which becomes Earth) and Wood element (Wood exhausts Earth).


GARDEN ORIENTED WEST AND NORTH WEST

It belongs to the Metal element. Here are appropriate growing plants with round, half-round and spherical shapes, with white, gray and gold (yellow) colours that will bring benefit to this part of the garden. With the combination of the water colour as the purple, you get an elegant shape and opportune plants with flowers like the evergreen boxwood (a round cut), the borage and daffodils. The Metal element is represented by round, circular, oval and cube shapes. To balance the elements it is recommended to use forms, objects, colours and materials of the Earth element (Earth produces Metal) and the Fire element(Fire melts the Metal).


GARDEN ORIENTED NORTH

This garden belongs to the Water element. Favorable plants for this type of garden are irregular shapes, with leaves and shoots of wave-shaped and irregular growth. The colours are blue, violet and black, combined with yellow and beige. The Water is represented by wavy and irregular shapes. Plants are the boxwood, medlar, Japanese cypress, contorted hazelnut and water plants. To balance the elements should be used forms, objects, colours and materials of the Metal element (Metal produces Water) and Earth element (Earth reduces water).

A Feng Shui garden should not look like a Chinese garden, maintain your own personal style. Therefore, a redesign is not necessary. There are little things that bring energy to flow, as paths of soft curves, a small fountain in the right position and all plants, shapes, colours, materials and existing accessories, will become a tool to bring a change for the better.




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