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Whether your garden is a plethora of green and reflective water, as in Monet's Waterlilies; a meditation gardenwith an altar; or an outdoor oasis filled with colorful flora and fauna, know that your garden can and will support you in all of your life's endeavors. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, gardens are essential to your well-being. Here, you are literally planting your seeds of the future!
In feng shui, a healthy garden means, quite simply, a healthy life. Untidy gardens with rampant flowers and weeds or foliage can drain the healthy chi that surrounds your house, not to mention your own personal chi on the day when you finally do find the time to tend the garden!
One of the nice things about visiting China is seeing the beautiful simplicity of its gardens. For the Chinese, less is always more. Chinese gardens accent simplicity and usually include one tree or bush, or focus on one type of flower at a time. There are not layers and layers full of impeccably landscaped floral arrangements!
Here are some tips to keep your garden crisp and clean—the feng shui way:
1 Alternate a succession of budding trees or flowers in bloom throughout your landscape. Plant evergreens in each corner of your garden's bagua to ground your success and cultivate your life's potential.
2 Contain the chi in your garden by creating boundaries or borders with bushes and shrubbery. A fence would work, too. Creating boundaries helps keep the chi contained in your immediate surroundings, not dissipating into thin air.
3 Create a compost area in a place that feels rightto you. Most people drop compost over the ledge of their backyard if there's a drop-off, but you can also incorporate a composting center, so to speak, in your wealth corner. Think about it: You are taking what has grown from the earth and provided for you, and returning it to the earth for another growth cycle. This is nature's prosperity center!
4 Invite a sense of mystery and intrigue into your garden to keep it interesting. Add or change elements often, especially things like outdoor art or sculpture. Incorporate colorful objects of different shapes to maximize a sense of interest, wonder, and excitement in your garden.
5 Finally, treat your yard with love and respect. Your landscape is a living thing that “talks” to you, your family, and just about everyone else who stops by for a visit.
Remember to clear garden clutter regularly—prune, weed, clear, rake, and water on a weekly basis. Overgrown gardens contain oppressive energy.
Your garden and its surroundings communicate a message to others and create a particular feeling in others, too. How many times do you hear, “Wow, is it nice and peaceful here!” That's what others should be saying to you about your garden.
Space for You to Grow, Too: When creating your clutter-free garden, don't forget to create space for yourself. You want to be able to enjoy all that healthy, flowing chi in your yard!