When it comes to landscaping, if we superimposed the Bagua map over your yard, these are the areas to consider when planning your landscape design. These areas map to the compass directions of the Bagua, and this is exactly what we would do if we were planning an indoor design. With landscaping, we simply translate it into colors, materials and elements that we would use outside.
The Bagua Areas:
North (Career) – A Water feature brings excellent Feng Shui, but make sure the Water is not allowed to become stagnant. Balance is important, so be careful not to dig a huge swimming pool which will overwhelm the house – a fishpond, fountain or birdbath is usually sufficient!
Northeast (Knowledge) – Brick walls and paved surfaces are suitable here. This is also a good place for a rock garden. This area represents young sons in the family and a play area would ideally be sited here.
East (Family/Health) – According to the principles of Feng Shui, the East is the abode of the green dragon. A hedge or border of green plants is most auspicious. This location is also associated with the oldest son of the family, considered the most precious because he represents the head of the next generation.
Southeast (Wealth) – Grow an abundance of plants in this area. This is the ‘wealth’ corner, and Water features placed here can often bring exceptionally good luck to the household. Make sure the Water feature can be seen from the house.
South (Fame) – Brightly colored flowers, particularly red, will attract energy. This is NOT a good place for a Water feature, because Water “douses” Fire, which in this case, would bring down your reputation. Make sure that any flowers or plants are flourishing and replace them if they show signs of sickness.
Southwest (Relationships) – This area represents mother Earth. Energizing this corner with lights is helpful. A Japanese-style garden with stone lights, pebbles and stepping stones would be perfect Feng Shui.
West (Children/Creativity) – West is the abode of the Feng Shui tiger, so plants should be kept low. This is the area designated for the youngest daughter and white flowers are especially suitable.
Northwest (Helpful People/Travel) – This area represents the head of the household and it is particularly important that this area has good Feng Shui or the whole family will be adversely affected. There is a lot of yang energy here and the best strategy is to keep this part of the garden plain. Stones and pebbles are also suitable here.
Dialing in your Garden to you and your needs:
To customize your design, focus on the areas where you need the most help. If you already have garden elements and you want to use them, simply move them to the appropriate Bagua areas as a good starting point. Good luck! We’re here to help if you need it. 😉
If you have something like a swimming pool, and it’s in the wrong area (such as in the South, where you should have Fire), give us a call. This is a problem that definitely needs a fix, and it may not be easy to accomplish.