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Feng Shui for an Inviting Garden

Enhance the Earth Element in the Garden:

Earth is already in the garden. To enhance it use brick, tile, adobe, earthenware stepping-stones and pottery, garden art in square and rectangular shapes, yellow, golds  and earth tone colors in flowers, plants and pots.

Enhance the Metal Element in the Garden:

Enhance the metal element with objects in circular shapes. This is a great solution for a fountain that is no longer running. Make a focal point and fun!

Add metal sculptures, furniture fencing, oval, circular and arched shapes, plants in pastel colors, rocks and stones, wind chimes and plants with circular shaped leaves.

Enhance the Water Element in the Garden:

Fountains are amazing chi generators and wonderful for any garden. Use smaller fountains on decks.

Bring in dry creek beds, asymmetrical pathways, reflective objects like garden gazing balls and mirrors, water features such as birdbaths and fountains, black and dark grey stones such as slate.

Enhance the Wood Element in the Garden:

Plants and images of them represent the wood element and asymmetrical shapes represent the water element. Here is a wonderful whimsical pathway that adds a bit of magic to the garden.

If you have plants you will already have the wood element in the garden. To accentuate it you can add wooden furniture, fences and decks, fabrics in green colors, stripes and floral prints as well as rattan and wicker furniture. Cover up ugly fences with colorful vines.

More Garden Tips:

  • For those who live in hot climates, emphasize the water element to balance out all of the fiery energy. For those who live in watery areas with moist climates, emphasize the earth and fire elements to help with grounding and stimulation. Too much water will create a floaty relaxing environment. For down time that is fine,  but if you need to work, you won’t be able to get anything done!
  • Add a wonderful resting bench beneath a shade tree and meditate there each day.
  • Relocate spiky plants to the back of the garden such as yucca plants, cactus and roses. We are all about safety in Feng Shui. If someone can get caught on them or hurt in any way, they are not considered friendly. Move them away from ‘people paths.’
  • Remove aggressive vines from the house. They will take over the chi of the building and can actually destroy it. Put them on a lattice where they can be moved a little away from the house.
  • Create winding curves in the garden; always are more gracious than straight walkways.
  • Be imaginative and make it wonderful. Create a labyrinth with plants, or mosaics and stones. A wonderful exercise for and practicing your mindfulness meditations. I have a friend who holds seminars at her home and always starts with everyone walking the labyrinth.
  • Clear up clutter areas.  We need to think of our gardens as extensions of our homes. Stagnant chi in the yard affects us just as much as in our homes.
  • If you don’t use the woodpile, give it to someone who will use it. This goes for the junk lumber pile as well. If it is useful, the chi is moving, if it is just there, the chi is stagnating.
  • Disguise hoses, unfriendly garden tools, recycling and garbage bins and anything unpleasant to look at. (See and for attractive hose covers, such as baskets to wind the coils in or faux stones to cover up unattractive objects in the garden.)
  • Clear up bear ground areas and mulch around plants to conserve water.
  • Completely remove dead tree stumps or make something artistic out of them if you can’t remove them.
  • Thin out the branches rather than box trim hedges. The chi will move through them better and they will live longer.
  • Remove or prune back plants or trees that are covering windows, i.e. right next to the window. Plants a few feet away are fine.

For those with decks for a garden, create wonderful pots of vegetables and plants and enjoy the fruits ( and veggies) of your own labors! Add some of the five elements suggestions to create an entrancing deck  or patio area that you enjoy spending time in!

Next week: Tips for a Healthy July Garden.

(For those who would like to learn more about the powerful Five Elements click here for a free color Five Elements map and further information.)

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at

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9:33AM PDT on Sep 14, 2011


9:31AM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

I'll definitely bear these tips in mind when we finally find our dream house. :)...ONE DAY!

5:52AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

i would love to be able to do these things to my yard. but at this time we cant our lawn is in a mess and our dog (no matter what we do) loves to tear plants out of the yard and flower pots

2:06PM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

feng shuiing some points for the animals ...

4:46PM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

I agree with most of your post here. I think the main objective of feng shui garden is to counteract negative energy in your garden. Such can be done by putting wind chimes, gazing balls, placement of statues in the garden in accordance with feng shui.

11:11AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011


2:38AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

I have lived in china so love asian garden. This space is very important to them and they take great care of them even if their space is very limited.
Yes they resource themself in park etc we could learn a lot from them.

Thank you for sharing this info.

12:57PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Do it now...And see how happy it will make you)))

1:30PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Excellent point Ernie about the critters that may be living in the dead branches, thank you!

1:19PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Erica you would love my garden However I would no be to hasty in cutting down and removing large dead branches in trees as they house a multitude of wild animals and birds. I do encourage people to keep a close eye on them to make sure they are safe. I have a wonderful pair of woodpeckers in my garden because of such a tree.

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