Feng Shui in the Outer Limits: Flower Flow in Your Garden

Whether gardening in a large space or a small patio, there are some elements to consider if you want to be able to call it a Feng Shui garden. Size does not matter, but intention and layout does. Before starting, it is important you determine the overall feeling or theme you want to express. Do you want to use the garden for quiet-time? Do you want to amble through your flowers to get inspired? Is it your intention to create an outdoor space where friends and family can gather? Do you want the area to be kid-friendly? Even if your gardening efforts are confined to a very small spot on the deck, think about what you want to create. Fairy gardens are intended to be small but that doesn’t make them less engaging.

Here are some additional elements to consider whether you’re designing a large back-yard or a small pot.

1. Water. In line with the concept of wind and water, having water in a garden is a natural. If a pond doesn’t seem like the right fit or feels like it would be too much work, a fountain could be integrated into your garden.   A bird-bath is also an option. Japanese gardens use rocks to give the illusion of water. If having water of any kind is out of the question, then a dry bed may be the right answer.

2. Place to sit. This doesn’t have to be complicated—-a rock or tree stump could provide this element. Of course a bench or hammock would also work.  The point of having a place to sit is so you can absorb the energy of the garden, relish the view and assess the next leg of the journey.

3. Curvy Path. In your Feng Shui garden you should provide an effortless and uncomplicated direction of where to go. A path of flagstones, chips, or round pavers will work as will a foot-worn path where others have walked before. Making it curvy implies a slower pace where ambling and lingering are appropriate. If you garden is small making it difficult to walk through, you still create a path that the eye will follow.

4. Ornamentals. The way to personalize and create a unique garden is with your ornamentals. Although this can easily move into the arena of clutter, a few carefully positioned objects around the garden will offer variety and interest.

These photos are all from our garden. Its exquisite beauty and strength come solely from the labor of my husband Tom who is a master gardener. Needless to say, sitting in this garden has provided us hours of enjoyment and healing, which were the intentions with which he guided this project.