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:
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:
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:
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 solutions.com and frontgate.com 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.
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