This article is contributed by Scott Barber. He is an accomplished do-it-yourselfer from Newark-On-Trent who loves constructing Garden Buildings for his friends and family. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge with others about his experiences building Garden Sheds, Log Cabins, Playhouses, Summerhouses & More.
Many people have heard of FengShui. FengShui, which translates to “wind and water” is a design concept first used in China.It involves arranging the furniture and other items in a room according to specific principles.This arrangement helps the energy, or chi, flow throughout the space.When a room is properly laid out, people say that they will feel more energetic, creative, focused, and happy.These design principles can also be applied to your garden and flowerbeds, creating a balanced landscape where the chi flows freely.
Types of FengShui
There are actually a couple of different ways of approaching FengShui. Traditional FengShui is purely Chinese and makes use of your intuition and emotions to help determine where to place things. This type of FengShui is mostly conceptual—you learn the concepts, then practice them in whatever way you interpret.In what’s called Black Hat FengShui, more Western concepts are introduced.In addition to intuition, this type of FengShui also looks at the practicality of placement.That makes it ideal for gardening since you do need to conceder how plants interact when planted next to each other.
Learn the Bagua
The Bagua is the FengShui term for an energy map.It’s set up as an octagon with three levels in each of the eight sections.Each section represents a different element like fire, water, and sky.You will need to make a Bagua for your entire home, not just your garden, since FengShui considers the garden to be an extension of the home. You’ll also want to study the five elements of Feng Shui and how they work together.
Incorporate What You Already Have
If you’re redesigning your garden around FengShui principles, you will have to work around things like your garden shed and other things you can’t move or change. You can work them into your overall design. For example, you can paint your shed one of the colors associated with its location. If it’s on the south part of your garden, for example, you could paint it red and plant some red climbing roses on one side.
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