Being engaged in the domestic home improvement, we tend to completely forget about the garden plot. Maybe just not enough time, or maybe you just do not feel penchant for gardening. Applying the principles of Feng Shui in the garden of opens up exciting new perspectives and can sometimes lead to unexpected results.
More than two thousand years, gardening has played a very important role in Chinese culture, both at the imperial court and in the lives of ordinary people. Luxurious garden of a nobleman and a miniature garden composition modest scientist or bureaucrat considered equally valuable as a means of expressing the true beauty of things. General rule (and it is hardly surprising) - garden plot should harmoniously complement the house. But this is only common words.
At home, no matter how we tried to refine their interior, are typically angular design and consist of a set of straight lines and sharp angles. Garden plot provides an opportunity to balance these extremes with flowing forms and smooth curved lines. If you have enough free space, the paths, flower beds, lawns and ponds can be used to improve the feng shui of your garden. Garden and house in Feng Shui are considered as a whole. Chinese architecture has developed an interesting concept for landscape design.
Houses were built on three sides of a central courtyard (the rules of Feng Shui Center should remain empty). For Feng Shui is very important form of land, which will be divided into a garden or build a house. By all the rules of Feng Shui, it is better if your land will have the correct geometrical shape. In this space should also impose a grid ba-gua (see "Octagon Ba-gua"). In the garden, as well as in your home, too, should not be "dropped out" sectors on the site of some vitally important area. But if your garden area of irregular shape, you can split it into several sectors of the correct form with the alleys, hedges, walls. Shrubs and trees will help to hide flaws.
At the cottage, you should always follow the garden trees: from the sick and the old trees need time to get rid. If your home is worth in the middle section, you must see to it that the green spaces create a kind of "protective shield". Recall also the symbolic animals (see "Celestial animals"): Black Turtle protects the house from the rear; Green Dragon and White Tiger guard him on the sides; Red Phoenix protects the house from the facade.
According to the rules of ancient Chinese geomancers, the force associated with the animals, to protect the house from behind, must not exceed the remaining forces, and dragon should be above the Tigris. Therefore, the portion of the fence, which runs behind the house, should be above the rest. Accordingly, the left side of the fence (in the case, if you look at the house, standing face to the entrance), representing the Dragon, should be above the Tigris, located on the other side of the entrance.
Chinese Feng Shui master is called the principal advantage of the garden of his naturalness, or, in other words, the ability to identify and enhance the natural properties of things. Since the Chinese garden things unleash their inner meaning and mutually determine each other, it creates the impression depends on the diversity of materials used. A surprising discovery, committed when meeting with a Chinese garden, lies in the fact that the essence of things is not the same, that they are fully disclosed in the event that we are able to see them very different and even different from themselves.
Garden plot provides an opportunity to balance these extremes with flowing forms and smooth curved lines. Thus, the art of Feng Shui for the garden is the ability to balance the Yin and Yang that beneficial chi energy to move smoothly and measured, accumulating in the designated locations. If you have enough free space, the paths, flower beds, lawns and ponds can be used to improve the feng shui of your garden.
At the cottage, should be avoided explicit forms. A person should not dictate the nature of what form it take, so all elements should develop naturally, without violent interference. In the Chinese garden is not trimmed bushes and geometrically correct hedges - where all the trees and shrubs have their capricious form. Even if the garden to create artificial landscapes, streams, dams and the hills were to look as if they created by nature.
The figure shows a plan of a garden plot, which is unlikely to suit you and does not cause any enthusiasm. It corresponds to the most common pattern: flower beds, garden beds and lawns are rectangular in shape and separated by walkways. At the cottage, you can often see the symmetry with the central path and the same elements on both sides of it, that is, all elements exclusively parallel or perpendicular to each other. China has always preferred the winding paths, lawns and flower-beds round the wrong form.
There are also special items that can be half-hidden, so people who walk in the garden, can be found a pleasant surprise, when in front of him suddenly opens a new perspective. This may be a small fountain, garden bench, partly camouflaged bars with creepers, or arbor in a quiet corner. Here indeed provided ample opportunities for improvisation.
The figure shows one possible way of restructuring a garden plot on the basis of an overall plan presented in the previous figure. As you can see, significant changes affecting almost the entire area of the garden plot. Gone strict rectangular shape lawns and flowerbeds. All the components have remained more or less in their places, but got a lot of winding lines, and at the far end of the garden the fountain and small pond, surrounded by stones.
The Beneficial effect of the presence of water affects the surrounding area, and from the park bench was called a pleasant view. Paved area near the house survived, but its outlines softened with decorative shrubs in small tubs and grills with flowers and creepers. Location lattices improves Feng Shui this side of the garden plot in two ways.
First, it cuts off the back wall of the garage, which is hardly a compelling spectacle, and, secondly, creates a cozy fenced corner, where you can put the old table and chairs. It opens a good view of the rest of the garden. In addition, the nearest corner of the building remains closed, that creates a sense of peace and solitude.
In this new configuration completely disappears small garden, located at the far end of the section in front of the house, although close to the house is a small garden bed, which can be used as beds. However, nothing prevents withdraw Vegetable considerably more space. Area garden can be partially isolated from the rest of the garden with hedges and make the passage as a flowery arch, for example, planting the clematis or honeysuckle. It should be noted that this is a fairly large garden area. But even if you do not have a large site, much can be achieved through proper application of Feng Shui.
Next we will consider some aspects and features of the garden plot:
Driveway and garden paths.
Many gardens are located directly in front of the house, which means that they have the access road that leads directly to the main entrance. According to the principles of Feng Shui, it should be smooth and winding. If the path leads straight to the front door or narrows towards her, it affects the flow of qi energy. A straight line speed up movement of energy, and reduces the space creates a channel for negative sha qi.
As a general rule, the path or access road shall be sized in proportion to the size of the house and garden plot. Of course, much depends on the direction of energy flow. Moreover, the most favorable is the south and south-east direction, symbolizing the development and support. It is better if the access road or path has a curved shape with a slight slant. Avoid ramble along the tracks at home at a considerable distance. In this situation, the flow of qi energy can generally avoid your house.
Sidewalks in front of the house or in the backyard should be gently zigzag to qi energy is uniformly distributed throughout the site. Try to avoid large flat areas: small climbs and descents dissipate the negative impact of sha chi and give the garden a unique identity.
The flow of qi energy flows through all living and inanimate objects. Gardens reflect the human craving for longevity, which in the East associated with youth, rather than decay. Everything in the garden should serve this purpose: the rocks and ponds talk about the constancy of plants prefer to plant perennial shrubs and trees that live very long. All this makes the flow of qi, animating landscape, strong and permanent.
Stones in the Chinese garden symbolize the mountains. Stone Hill is put in the northern and western parts of the garden, and they provide shelter and create a contrast to the ponds, which are usually arranged in the south and east - out into the garden there is very good energy.
Water is delivered to the garden of qi energy. Smooth surface of the pond reflects the ever-fickle sky and brings the energy of the sun, moon, stars and clouds, reflected on its surface. Jets of water roar over the rocks, creating cycles. Very often in the Chinese pond breeding golden fish, symbolizing wealth.
Paths and bridges.
Paths in the Chinese garden winds, then disappearing into the green, then appearing again. The paths that go from the east, should be slightly bent - they bring a favorable energy - and coming from the west to be confusing and winding, to slow the flow of sha chi from the west. Bridges with semicircles arches reflected in the water, paint a circle - a symbol of Heaven. Odd number of bends of the bridge is Yin, at the same time the bridge opened yang view of the boulders, rocks and buildings. Pagoda often have in the north-east and south-west, to protect the garden from the evil spirits, was associated with strong winds, coming from this direction.
Lighting a garden plot.
Lighting in the garden for extra comfort, improves the circulation of qi energy, and may also contribute to your well-being, especially if you hang lights on the corners of the site. Light on the south side of the garden included in the evening hours, will stimulate the area of fire and bring luck to the family. To maintain a strong and happy family relations, well hang a lantern in the south-western corner. To add romance to your relationship, light the lantern western sector.
Garden furniture and ornaments.
In the garden, as a rule, largely dominated by symbols of the element tree. Try to encourage other elements in your garden plot to achieve greater harmony. Thus, square glass table on the base metal to add elements of Earth, Water and Metal. White ceramic pot will symbolize the elements of Metal and Earth. Blue wooden chair combines the elements of water and trees. So you can experiment with all the elements.
Benches, tables, chairs, that we are putting in the garden to relax or work in the same way as interior items must meet the requirements of Feng Shui. Thus, the form of garden chairs should symbolically represent the location of the four celestial animals (see "Celestial Animals"): back - Turtle, supporting a seated behind: Tiger and Dragon - the arms, without which sit in a garden chair (a chair) will not be so convenient. Outdoor furniture is made, usually either wood or metal (aluminum tubes).
With regard to the garden table, then at the point of manufacture to draw attention to his appointment. If you're going to put a table around which you want to put chairs on the veranda or in the meadow, it is preferable to select a table octagonal shape, as it represents a form ba-gua (see "Octagon Ba-gua") in its pure form. But it happens that you can not improvise or buy a table such form, if appropriate to mention some particularly such a normal shape. Rectangular table suitable for noisy gatherings, but the edges must be necessarily rounded in order to avoid creating a "poison arrows".
Roundtable remarkably fit for negotiations, but for such a table for a long time alone is not having spent as a circle has a very strong energy charge. Square table, according to the rules of Feng Shui is not suitable for lively discussions, but very suitable for eating. If you have a table of such a form, make of it something like a coffee table, placing them next to a cozy armchair. Wooden garden furniture looks better on the east, south or south-west. Incidentally, in such a situation it is more likely to stay in the sun in the most suitable hours.
If you have a decorative statues, urns, garden furniture and tubs of flowers, think about the qualities of the element from which they are composed, before placing them in the appropriate area of the garden. Metal objects are best seen in the north, west and north-west. Ceramic vases or pots of flowers will be most useful if you place them in areas of ground effect, ie the south-west or north-east, or in zones of influence of the metal - in the west or north-west. Attention is drawn to the fact that the color of the pot should not be screaming on the background of deep greens and dark stems.
It is not good also, if it merges with the background of brick or concrete wall. Have a garden ornamental pot should be on a small hill to a person's gaze is not flowed into the ground after a beautiful spot. Garden sculptures and other objects in the garden, arranged according to the rules of Feng Shui, you should install such a way that went down in the garden could not immediately see all the decorations. Moving along the path, he must look closely to the environment, and enjoying nature, are pleased to note further, nice looking man-made beauty. So do not put the sculpture, or flower pots in a row or along the track. Let your guests, after passing through the garden, they find themselves, and then they will be able to assess their true worth.
The feeling of stability and balance is due to large boulders and rock gardens. They are better positioned in areas of ground effect - in the south-west or north-east, if you think that your life lacks a solid foundation. To foster a sense of purpose is well placed boulders on the west and north-west. Stones boosts the effect of energy Yang at a location nearby, so they should not be too much. This may upset the balance. Choosing a place for rock garden, you should prepare all the materials for its equipment - stones, gravel, sand, earth, peat.
The main type of land for a garden is a stone or turf, humus and peat or sand used as additives. After planning, placing large stones, then - more than minor. Note that a "living" stone garden is good only when the plants planted in it with their rest periods and rest, so from spring to fall it blossomed certain types and not lost brilliance of color combinations. Mangals-steak and grills for barbecue stimulate the element of metal, so they need to be placed in the respective sectors: in the south, southwest and north-east.
Often in the garden area can be found cobblestone or stone tiles of different size platform. They can both have a very attractive look, and look sad and lifeless. Therefore, before making such a platform, it is important to reflect on where it can be arranged and how to use masonry. It is best if such a plot would be located closer to home, and if two of them, in different parts of the garden. Paved area can be surrounded by bushes and creepers on the grille to create a sort of garden arbors.
The best way to avoid an orderly and symmetrical arrangement of individual elements of the paved area. Therefore, if, for example, you lay out square plates measuring 50 by 50 cm, try to lay them with the shift that was not monotonous repetition. Finer jets can spread spiral winding patterns. In addition to the basic pattern of be posted in the "braids" of bricks.
For paved areas ideal limestone, because it has a natural look that blends well with plants, and the outlines of the tiles are irregular in shape. You should also think about what shrubs you can use: whether they will stand in tubs or you put them in the gaps between the tiles. All these changes will open up many opportunities in front of you and exclude the negative impact of energy sha chi, which is formed by sharp angles and straight lines.
Many owners of gardens in the backyard suit patio (patio). There you can relax enjoying the beauty of the garden, and restore power. Making out the patio area, use all the principles of Feng Shui, cited earlier. Treat this as a yard to a separate room. For example, there should be the dominant element of Yin in if you are not inclined to noisy entertainment.
Since the patio is often paved, Yin is possible to enhance the quality of the dim lighting and plants, with large rounded leaves. Avoid swept, jagged and sharp-edged forms. Set your Outdoor furniture is given the most favorable direction. To enhance the qualities of the five elements use different colors.
Water near the house and at my cottage.
Water - one of the key elements of Feng Shui, the cottage, it is especially important because the plants and helps to nourish qi energy to move freely in accordance with the principles of Feng Shui. On your site, unless, of course, allows free space must be a fountain and (or) pond. Fortunately, it is sometimes possible to install a fountain, even in a small garden.
Scheme of water flows.
In one of the oldest books on the art of Feng Shui, the various types of water flows in relation to housing. Are important to direct the flow of running water and its velocity. Water flowing toward the house, can affect both positively and negatively, depending on the angle of convergence. If the flow of water directed at the house and wraps it in front of him, it is tantamount to the direct effects of negative sha qi energy to the inhabitants of the house. If the water flows along the tangent to the house, this location is considered favorable and promote the welfare of the residents.
Water flowing past the house, carries with him all the bad, especially good if the river or creek is hidden from view after a pass from your site. Another favorable location - if the water is flowing outside the house, then turns to the side. There are two options depending on the direction of flow and orientation of the house. Especially successful is the location of the house for the confluence of two branches of the river, because then the energy of qi flows both connects and gets more power. The opposite situation, ie when the house is located in front of the division of the river into two branches, are not so favorable, because the qi of one river is divided into two, and its energy is waning.
Arranging in the garden of the pond, should prefer natural shapes combine well with the smooth lines of the garden. Very favorable oval and serpentine forms, especially if they are bent toward the house. If the pond will be bent away from the house, Stress spot in the garden near the far shore, to redirect energy to the house. Resist the temptation to dig a very big pond compared with the proportions of the garden, because in this case a large mass of water dramatically increase the influence of yin and create an atmosphere of gloom and despondency.
If an existing pond seems to you too much, increase the power of light around him and arrange a "rock garden" or dug from the shore several picturesque boulders. Take care of your station and cottages, and the result will not be long in coming.