If you could associate springtime with a room you wouldn’t find inside the home, as it would be outside in the garden. Our yards are where many of us enjoy spending time in the warmer months. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a weekend patio grower the time is fast approaching to incorporate new ideas to your garden. Local yard and garden centers are filled with new and unusual choices awaiting your imagination. You can find art for the garden in a variety of yard decorations. Statues along with many other items like birdbaths, chimes, bells, candles, whirligigs, flags, water gardens, and much, more. In part these items are influenced by the new design trend of moving the inside out and the outside in.
One of the most prevalent influences that impact the design of the garden is Feng Shui.
Feng Shui pronounced (Fung Schway) is the Chinese art of placement. It has swept the country in applications everywhere from homes, businesses, and the garden. Well known for thousands of years in the Far East only recently has the Western world began to take notice.
According to Feng Shui the internal and external is a mirror of one another. Physical external spaces reflect our states of mind and contribute in a positive or negative way. Cluttered yards filled with no longer needed or loved items often reflect cluttered thoughts. Feng Shui is concerned with how to create spaces that align a positive flow of energy for the benefit of health, vitality and success of those using the space. Gardens are especially important for our well-being as they provide spaces that help us to move us toward an inward experience. With time stopped or at least greatly slowed down we can contemplate and reflect.
To begin to incorporate Feng Shui to your outdoor spaces consider the following ideas.
Have all paths follow the lines of a gentle curve. This encourages us to slow down.
Choose specific type of garden areas that reflects specific moods. A shade garden represents the hidden aspects and a moon garden whose flowers only bloom at night invites the mystery of life.
Consider a rock garden. It provides a wonderful contrast in color, texture and feeling next to the multi colored flower garden.
Encourage yourself and others to spend mom time in the garden by placing a hammock, benches and chairs.
A solo chair called a spirit chair is used in Feng Shui as a reminder to invite visitors of a celestial nature.
You can heighten your senses by adding sights and sounds. Planting bamboo or other ornamental grasses, as well as adding chimes, whirligigs or anything that moves and makes sounds.
Let other critters call your garden home. Other lifeforms like butterflies, dragonflies, fish or birds bring good luck and provide the missing link in the connection of the human plant and animal worlds.
Whatever the size and type of garden you have, Feng Shui can infuse new life into those spaces and provide a deeper richer experience.