Attract positive energy to your garden and into your life with an indigenous Feng Shui Garden. Feng Shui enhances and synergises nature’s elements to achieve balance and attract life giving energy. This results in an inviting, relaxing and energizing space that will bring back pleasure and content in your life.
For us to understand what makes a garden Feng Shui and how to make a garden that will suit your needs, it is necessary to understand the Bagua. The Bagua is a Chinese religious motif incorporating the eight trigrams of the I Ching. These are arranged in an octagon around a symbol for ying and yang.
Clockwise from the top, the eight sectors of the Feng shiu bagou is fame, relationships, children, helpful people, career, knowledge, family and wealth. They are set around the yin-yang which symbolises the life force generated by opposite or contrary forces in nature and overall well-being. The yin-yang can also be related to evolution though mutation and natural selection if you want to get very philosophical.
Just because the Bagua is an octagon, it does not mean that your garden has to be an octagon. Just adhere to the directional placement of each sector as indicated on the figure so that each sector is associated with a direction. The design of your feng shui garden is something personal because it should resonate with your emotions, taste, memories and spirit. So we will discuss how we would design our perfect feng shui garden, but remember that it should be customised according to what you associate each sector with.
The colour associated with the fame sector is red and the element is fire. Place some interesting objects in this area and add some “bling’” in the form of little golden bells and red fairy lights. Here you can plant some Cyrthanthus elatus x montanus, Erica cerinthoides Red and Tecoma ‘Rocky Horror’.
The relationship sector resonates with the colour pink and the element of earth. Here you need a comfortable place to sit with your partner or close friend. This sector should have an atmosphere of romance and should be filled with friendly flowering plants. Use plants such as Tulbaghia violacea, Agathosma dielsiana Pink, Erica ‘Fairy Bells’, Erica verticillata ‘African Fanfare’, Erica verticillata ‘African Phoenix’ in this area and Tecoma capensis ‘Pink Blush’ to enclose a cosy sitting area in this area.
The children and creativity area can be an area for children to play or an area with objects and plants that bring out your inner child. The colour associated with area is white and the element is metal. Objects and plants that remind you of your childhood or a sand box and play area belong in this sector. Growing up in areas surrounded by fynbos inspires us to plant Agathosma cilliaris White and Coleonema album with borders of Osteospermum fruticosum and fillers such as Pelargonium tomentosum and Salvia chamaleagnea White for textural contrast. This part of your garden should have a large enough lawn for children to play on.
The colour associated with the helpful people sector is grey and the element is metal. You need an inviting round seating area in the open air in this sector. Plant Dymondia margaretae instead of a lawn and put some Helichrysum argyrophyllum, Gomphostigma virgata and Salvia’s in the garden of this sector. Also add some pots with Jasminium multipartitum ‘Bush Form’ for its sweet and friendly smell.
The career zone should invoke a cheerful work ethic and focus. The colour associated with this sector is black and the element is water. A water feature flowing through dark rocks and rounded and dark abstract shapes works well in this sector. Plant water loving plants such as Cyperus prolifer next to your water feature to add some texture to this sector.
In the knowledge sector you will want to create a peaceful atmosphere that inspires clear thinking. This sector is associated with the colour blue and the element of earth. Create a garden that is simplistic yet pleasing to the eye in this sector. Plant some Agapanthus ‘Alice double’, Clerodendrum ugandense, Plectranthus ecklonnii ‘Medley Wood’ Blue’ and Plumbago auriculata ‘Cape Dark Blue’ in the garden with Felicia sp. ‘Glenwood’ as a border.
The colour associated with the family zone sector is green and the element is wood. In this sector you should create an area where your whole family member can relax with you. Plant some trees such as Cussonia spicata, Ekebergia capensis, Euclea natalensis, Nuxia floribunda and Podocarpus falcatus to shade your sitting area from the sun and plant some ferns and fern-like plants underneath it such Blechnum tabulare and one of our Asparagus species.
The wealth zone should display some exuberance and inspire awe. The colour associated with this sector is purple and the associated element is wood. We recommend adding a pond with koi fish or a wishing well to this area. You can also put a fountain with floating bells in this area. Plant lush-growing plants such as Plectranthus ambiguous, Plectranthus ‘Mono Lavender’, Selago ‘Purple Rain and purple Pelargonium peltatum hybrids in this area and add some interesting shaped driftwood to bring in the element of wood.
The Centre of your feng shui garden serves as an energy collection and distribution area. The associated colour is yellow and the associated element is earth. Here an open lawn and a bird bath will draw energy. Around your lawn you can plant narrow gardens with plants such as Wachendorfia thyrsiflora, Kniphofia linaerifolia, Coleonema ‘Sunset Gold’, Euryops chrysanthemoides ‘Sunshine Classic’, Tecoma capensis Yellow, Bulbine frutescens and Malephora lutea Yellow.
In designing your feng shui garden, be sure to allow gently curving pathways for Chi, or energy, to flow smoothly.