Garden Feng Shui

erics pool 2    When most people think of Feng Shui, they think of the inside of a building, but the truth is, Feng Shui is everywhere, all the time.  Feng Shui is a system by which we can analyze the features in any environment and determine whether or not that space is going to feel right.  When we apply Feng Shui principles to our exterior surroundings as well as our interiors, we are creating a natural environment that is inspiring and supportive to our goals and desires.     Whether you are a gardener or not, here are ten quick tips you can use to make the most of your outdoor areas.
1. Optimize your front yard. Your spirits should rise when you arrive home. If that isn’t the case, attend to anything in the front that makes you feel frustrated, tired, depressed or irritable. How you feel when you first see your home influences the way you feel and what you experience inside.
2.  Keep spiky plants to a minimum.  When things are pointed at us, we feel defensive.  If you must have plants with thorns and sharp pointed leaves, keep them near the perimeter of the property rather than up by the front door.
3. Avoid plants with stunted growth such as Pygmy Palms and Dwarf Plums, Bonsai, etc.  In Feng Shui we like energy that  grows and expands rather than energy that is limited and restricted.
4. From an energetic standpoint, the east (Family) and southeast (Wealth) meridians are stimulated by adding healthy plants. Make sure that this area of your yard is vibrant and healthy. Fruit trees are also very symbolic in this area as it represents your efforts “bearing fruit”. If you need help determining these areas, my best-selling book, Feng Shui that Makes Sense will walk you through the process.
5. Fix anything that needs repair.  When we have things that do not work properly we feel frustrated and annoyed.  Feng Shui is all about feeling calm and at peace. Paint the trim, sweep the cobwebs, oil the hinges on the squeeky gate, buy a hose that doesn’t kink or leak, and polish the metal hardware on the front door. All of these little things add up to making your first impression of home one that will delight and inspire you.
6. Invite nature into your garden.  Birdbaths, bird feeders, and flowers that attract butterflies bring great energy to your surroundings.
7. Remove any dead or dying plants.  Everything has its time and it is best to eliminate anything with dead or dying energy and replace it with something that has vitality.
8. Add colorful flowers!!  This is probably the most common suggestion I give my clients.  A well-manicured lawn is always nice, but the color of flowers is what brings interest and joy to a garden. In fact, Rutgers University did a study that proved that human beings actually release endorphins when they see flowers. No wonder we give them to people to cheer them up and celebrate special occasions!
9. Consider beautiful drought-tolerant plants.  There are many beautiful plants that do not require a lot of water.  Succulents, native grasses, and lavender are examples of plants that are attractive, do not have spiky leaves and do not require much water.
10. Use your five senses.  Add windchimes and waterfalls for sound, fragrant flowers for scent, fruit-bearing trees, vegitable gardens for taste, rocks and pebbles for texture, and a rainbow of colors to delight the eye.
For those of you interested in Vegetable Gardening, go to this link and pick up a copy of my sister’s best-selling vegetable garden guide.
Garden Guide
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