Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art and science of positioning objects such as furniture, plants, etc. It is a practice based on the Chinese belief of yin and yang. Feng Shui helps people balance the energy or flow of chi in a particular space. It also has positive and negative effects. The etymology of “Feng Shui” came from China. The Chinese word “Feng” means wind; “Shui” means water. Wind and water are associated with good health in Chinese culture. It’s been said that good feng shui brings luck and prosperity, while bad feng shui brings misfortune.
Reports say that some healthy plants are the result of good feng shui. By placing the feng shui plant in a good area, it will revitalize the senses, bringing positive energy in your home. If you want to invite good feng shui, healthy and vibrant plants are essential in feng shui gardening. The beauty of nature is being incorporated in the luxury of your home through the healing essence and calming presence of Air Purifying plants. Feng Shui Gardening is about creating a home with the essence of healing and energy.
Here are some Feng Shui Tips:
- The benefits of a garden with good feng shui should extend to the interiors of your home. If you have a big budget, add ponds and fountains to your garden. The cool waters and refreshing sound of the water fountain will surely establish the elegant look and calming effect that every home owner longs for.
- Choose a garden layout with well-placed fences and ornaments. In designing your feng shui garden, allow gently curving pathways that will allow Chi (energy) to flow smoothly. Straight lines are rarely present in nature, so use relaxing, flowing shapes and pathways for your feng shui garden.
- Use herbs that represent good health, wealth, and longevity. Such species of herbs include jasmines, basils, and lavenders. You can also use bright lights and essential oils that should grant your garden a vivid tone and fancier smell.
- Try your best to apply the five elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Water, and Metal) to your garden.
What You Should Throw Away: Gardening tools that are either worn out or fairly broken should not be kept. Anything broken should be repaired or replaced. Always treat your garden with instruments that are in prime condition.
Good Feng Shui Plants: With or without feng shui, healthy plants should always be top priority. There are two categories of good plants: the Air Purifying plants and the Money Plants. Examples of these plants are the Jade Plant, Peace Lilies, Goode Foot Plant, Dwarf Banana Plant and the Golden Pothos.
Bad Feng Shui Plants: An example of plants that is bad for feng shui is the Thorny Cactus Plant. Their spikes evoke the wrong kind of energy. The Snake is considered a bad feng shui plant because it has strong protective energies. Other examples of bad feng shui plants are Bonsai, Yuccas, Holly and Weeping Willow.
You can have a lot of fun in creating your own feng shui garden. What’s awesome about all this is that you have a lot of themes to choose from; Japanese-inspired and Zen-themed gardens seem to be the most popular. Designing your own garden needs not to be expensive. Just design your garden with healthy plants and transform it into a lush garden. Have fun gardening!