WE all know the ancient Chinese art of feng shui can be used in the home to create harmony.
But did you know the practice extends into the garden too?
Juliana Abram from the Feng Shui Centre shares her landscaping tips for creating the ideal feng shui outdoor area, providing a relaxing, welcoming and energising space.
More focus is usually applied to the front landscaping of the home, as this is what first impacts you and visitors. The most important thing to do here is ensure adequate open space for Chi (a vital force forming part of any living thing) to gather.
The rear garden is important, as it sets the scene for stability and therefore it is ideal to have height along the very back fence line of your property. In the absence of this natural formation, you could plant tall and dense foliage along the rear. All vegetation establishes a connection with the earth that grows stronger with time, so long-lived plants, trees and shrubs are greatly favoured.
Plants to consider are the enduring bamboo or majestic Chinese apple tree. The elegant palm tree on its own is not the best option.
Another idea is to use trailing plants such as bougainvillea – thorns will keep out burglars and the colours will brighten your day.
Apply the five elements of feng shui
Incorporate water, wood, fire, earth and metal in your garden.
Consider a bird bath, pond or fountain, attractive wooden furniture, lanterns or a fire pit and metal art or wind chimes.