The Elements:
Working with Feng Shui Colors

Color is a great way to emphasize various feng shui rhythms in your garden. In feng shui, color is used according to the five elements theory, and you can bring healing harmony and joy to your garden by choosing colors that emphasize specific energies, such as, for example, the Fire energy in the South with red or purple flower colors, or Earth energy in the Southwest with light yellow color.

Creating your Garden

Enjoy creating your feng shui garden and bring items, colors and nature elements that bring you pleasure to look at. The more joyful energy you put into your garden, the more joyful and healing energy the garden will reflect back to you.    

First, mark off your garden (or balcony full of pots) as a square (or as close to a square as you can get it) and determine the directions -- north, south, east and west. Then use the rough guideline below, taking into account your climate and seasons to know what to plant where to bring you health, wealth, peace, guidance, happiness and protection.

The Southern corner of your garden governs recognition and fame.
The flowers you plant there should be predominantly
red in color. Reds and pinks should be main theme, although there will be flowers included for properties besides color. 
 

Flowers that bring you fame: 

  • Poppies

  • Roses

  • Bluebells

  • Violets

Herbs

  • Star anise

  • Veviter

Trees

  • Cherry

  • Orange

Produce

  • Strawberries

  • Leeks

  • Chili peppers

 

Foliage: 

  • Holly

  • Hazel

  • Heather

  • All Ferns

This corner also represents the Fire element so it is a good area to string up lights, put the barbeque or have a little hearth for fire.


Fire

The Southwestern corner governs marriage prospects and marital happiness.
The predominant flower color should be yellow.

Flowers for emotional security: 

  • Daffodils

  • Lilies

  • Tulips

  • Asters

  • Bleeding hearts

  • Daisies

  • Roses

  • Gardenia

  • Lavender

  • Orchid

  • Poppy

  • Primrose

  • Periwinkle

  • Hyacinth

  • Trilliums

  • Violet

  • Geranium

Herbs

  • Basil

  • Marjoram

  • Dill

  • Mint

  • Rosemary

  • Thyme

 

Trees

  • Magnolia Fig

  • Willow

  • Olive Elm

  • Plum

Produce

  • Ginger

  • Endive

  • Raspberries

  • Tomatoes

Foliage

  • Myrtle

  • Rye

  • Witch Grass

  • Juniper

  • Chickweed

This area represents Big Earth so it is a good place to put a stone statue or a large rock or boulder.


Earth

The Western corner governs children and fertility.         
The predominant flowers should be yellow and white.

Flowers: 

  • Lavender

  • Cyclamen

  • Lily of the Valley

  • Morning Glory

Herbs

  • Mustard

  • Catnip

Trees

  • Oak

  • Olive

  • Banana

  • Apple Pine

Produce

  • Beans

  • Carrots

  • Cucumbers

  • Grapes

  • Mustard

Foliage

  • Hawthorne

This area is known as Small Metal and would benefit from some wind chimes or small silvery objects that catch the sun. 


Metal
 

The Northwestern corner governs helpful people or mentors.
The predominant flower color should be white
yellow and orange

Flowers: 

  • Passion Flower

  • Sweet Pea

  • Sunflower

  • Iris

  • Carnation

Herbs

  • Pennyroyal

  • Lemon Balm

  • Sage

 

Foliage

  • Rowan

  • Myrtle

  • Dogwood

  • Clover

Produce

  • Peppers

  • Fennel

  • Pumpkins

  • Squash

This corner is called Big Metal so it is a good place to put table and chairs to invite the help into your life.

The North corner governs career prospects.
The flowers here should be predominately
dark purple or blue.                                                       

Flowers that boost career: 

  • Camellia

  • Honeysuckle

  • Jasmine

  • Periwinkle

  • Poppy

  • Trillium

  • Snapdragons

  • Dandelion

Trees

  • Orange

  • Elder

  • Apple

  • Oak

  • Maple

  • Poplar

Foliage

  • Bromeliads

  • Myrtle

  • Irish Moss (all mosses)

  • All Ferns

Herbs

  • Dill

  • Goldenseal

  • Mint

Produce

  • Cashews

  • Rice

  • Grapes

  • Onions

  • Oats

  • Peas

  • Wheat

This direction represents Water, so it is the ideal place to put a fountain or pool. Add fish to it and double your luck.


Water

The Northeast corner governs education and wisdom.
The flowers here should be predominantly
yellow and orange.

Flowers: 

  • Jasmine

  • Marigold

  • Roses

  • Iris

  • Sunflower

Herbs

  • Borage

  • Eyebright

  • Peppermint

  • Saffron

  • Thyme

  • Rosemary

  • Caraway

  • Rue

  • Savory

  • Mint

Trees

  • Peach

  • Acacia

Produce

  • Celery

  • Onions

  • Grapes

Foliage

  • Bracken

  • All Grasses

  • Flax

This area is Small Earth so it is good for a rock garden, a small altar or a birdbath.

The East governs family relationships and health.
The foliage here should mainly be
green and filled with bush or trees. 

Flowers: 

  • Meadowsweet

  • Morning Glory

  • Violet

  • Daisies

  • Hostas

Herbs

  • Lavender

  • Scullcap

  • Vervain

  • Linden

  • Sage

Trees

  • All Trees (especially pines and spruces, magnolia, elder)

Produce

  • Avocado

  • Rhubarb

  • Rye

Foliage

  • Switchgrass

  • Purselane

  • Tobacco

  • Hemp

  • Hops

This area is called Big Wood which is why it is good to have at least one big tree there or a tree house.


Wood

                                                                                                                                                                         The Southeast governs wealth and prosperity and should be as green and lush as possible.

Flowers that bring wealth: 

  • Camellia

  • Golden Rod

  • Heliotrope

  • Honeysuckle

  • Trillium

Herbs

  • Basil

  • Clover

  • Dill

  • Mint

  • Vervain

Trees

  • All Fruit Trees

  • Pecan

  • Walnut

  • Oak

  • Pine

Produce

  • Lettus

  • Corn

  • Peas

  • Oats

  • Onions

Foliage

  • Bromeliads

  • Mosses

  • All Ferns

This area is known as Small Wood and would be augmented by windmills, a swing or another structure made of wood (preferably one that moves to circulate energy.)

Using the Feng Shui bagua for your garden planning creates an outdoor space in harmony with nature where you can relax and enjoy the beneficial flow of energy you've helped to create.  

Feng Shui

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Monday, November 02, 2009