9 Best Feng Shui Garden Design Tips

The key component of Feng Shui is the 'Tao' or process of being closer to nature. Just as the earth protect us, you can return the favor by respecting Mother Nature and making changes around us thereby creating space that can support us physically, emotionally, and spiritually also.

History of Feng Shui Gargen

Feng Shui is an ancient traditional Chinese art that attracts maximum energy flow and chi (natural life force) by bringing balance among five natural elements of nature i.e. water, wood, fire, earth and metal. By facilitating these elements to decorate your outdoor area, you can incorporate lucky aspects to your life. The 'wind and water' emphasize on the direction, placement and intention and enables you to acquire Chi (prosperity, happiness, harmony and balance) when you add all these five elements into your outdoor living room or garden.

Feng Shui Garden Design Tips

Your garden must maintain the balance within itself along with the home also. One simple way of explaining the balance is with yang and yin. The outdoors, for instance, symbolizes the yin (calm) and the indoors of the house represents the yang (active). The basic principles of Feng Shui garden include:

  1. Incorporate articles having personal specification i.e. stones, mirrors, statues, and gifts into your outdoor area.
  2. Clean your garden, get rid of dead or dying plants and leave space (earth) between each plant and placements (for the smooth flow of Chi energy).
  3. Delineate your designs, keeping them simple requiring minimum maintenance thereby leaving space for the energy flow to move through your yard.
  4. Manage your plants in the category of 'high energy patches' and 'Low energy patches' based on the bagua planning chart.
  5. Use curves to catapult tranquility and to add flow of energy in your garden.
  6. Avoid too many straight, even lines as they function as barriers to energy movement. Instead, round out the straight lines with walkways, plants, hedges or bedding parts to add flow and rhythm all through your garden area.
  7. Use trees to get more spaces and to inhibit unwelcome features thereby balancing out the other areas in the garden.
  8. If you have a shrub or tree pointing downward (like weeping willow), balance it with plants growing in a strong vertical line to focus upward and inclining  growth and direction.
  9. Always incorporate whimsical components that encourage fun, smiles, and enjoyment.

Bagua Map

Practitioners of Feng Shui use a Bagua Map to enable to ascertain the best direction, placement, substances and colors to use in their crafts. You should also incorporate these tips while managing your outdoor garden location. If you think your garden area is one of the rooms in your house or if you have a large house, two or more rooms in your house, it will be easier for you to plan and incorporate the Feng Shui garden techniques.

Use All Five Elements in Feng Shui Garden

Keep an eye to incorporate all five components into your outdoor living area which will help bringing health, joy, happiness and prosperity to you and your family. There are some unique tips on how you can integrate each one of them:

Wood- decks, pergolas, wood furniture/benches, fences, trees, flowers, blue or green articles for planters, cushions, etc.
Metal- iron boundaries, copper, planters, gates, wind chimes, water fountains made of metal, metal arches and gates of brass, wrought iron furniture/benches, silver or gold or metals.
Fire- outdoor fireplace, fire pits, candles, torches and articles of deep yellow, red, and orange.
Earth- ceramic tile, earth and yellow tones for shades, brick, flagstones, stones, earthenware, terra cotta and brown
Water - fountains, pond with goldfish for fortune, pool, stream, dark blue articles, mirrors, crystal, glass, and bird baths.


We should always try to help others in as many ways as possible to uplift our own 'chi' and present status into a better condition by developing Feng Shui Garden. Just remember that lots of famous people facilitate this ancient practice to enhance the peace and happiness in their lives (including Oprah). So why shouldn't we be a part of this bandwagon of happiness and good luck?

Feng Shui Related Articles