Feng Shui and Garden Landscape Design

by | Dec 13, 2012

Garden landscape design doesn’t have to be all about permits, poured concrete and shovelling dirt. You can also think about how this whole process will bring you closer to your garden by incorporating the elements of Feng Shui.

Feng Shui doesn’t have to be anything complicated. Any contractor can bring in design elements that directly relate to the concept. All that you are looking to do with Feng Shui is maximize the benefits of your own natural settings to add depth and dimension to your design using natural and man-made structures.

The basis of Feng Shui is on the original art called Shan Shui, this means ‘mountain-water.’ If you are to have a Feng Shui garden you will have elements of mountain (Shan) and water (Shui) energy. The mountain is there to symbolize health, harmony and stability. It is the ‘yang’ aspect of ying and yang. How to actually incorporate them into your garden is by including mountainous features. This can include boulders, retaining walls, and raised planting beds and other areas. Water energy is soft and represents ying. The symbolism is for the potential of wealth. Incorporating this energy can be part of your garden by building ponds, pools, fountains and streams. A more symbolic source of water energy can be by building pathways as a sort of river of stones.

The last 4 design ingredients are:

Heart: where the focal point is for your garden and yard.
Threshold: this defines your private property and personal space from public space.
Pathways: The ways in which you draw visitors and guests in through the natural life-forces created.
Accents: These are the little touches that are selected and placed to bring out positive feelings that enhance rest.

You don’t have to have a degree in landscape design to appreciate how the simple elements of Feng Shui can alter your landscape. All you have to do is get together with an experienced landscape design contractor and think about how you want your home to look while keeping in mind the principles and design elements mentioned in this article.

Contact us today to begin the planning of your new backyard landscape design project!

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