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Within the limited scope of this article, I would like to discuss only some general and fundamental rules. The aim is to help you avoid unnecessary issues you might encounter while doing landscaping for your garden.

Entrance
  • The lane from the garden to the house must be cleared of hodgepodge; garbage must be covered and kept away from the lane leading to the house.
  • Don’t plant a tree or a decorative lamppost right in front of the main entrance since that interferes with the energy entering the house and will cause financial difficulties. If the tree has large branches, trim them frequently.
  • First of all, don’t ever change the entrance, be it the main door or the garden entrance, except when advised by Feng-shui experts, since such change will create fundamental changes in the whole house, and by doing so, you’ll create difficulties for yourself.
Main Entrance
  • The door should open inward instead of outward.
  • The main entrance should look inviting, easy to open, and clear of pointed objects that face inward.
  • The main entrance should not be shrouded with vines.
  • The main entrance should not be left rusty.
Fences and Bordering Wall
  • Bordering wall should not be too close to the house so that vital energy can circulate around the house.
  • Fences should not be higher than the house since that will cause imbalance, Energy will become bad and cause bad things to happen to residents.
  • The height of the fence or wall must be even all around.
  • Be careful with fences that have pointed objects or stakes. If these objects face inward, harm will come to the residents, and if facing outward, to the neighbours.
Flowers And Colours

The colours of flowers that play a role in creating the balance for energy are red and yellow. The colour yellow is the symbol of recovery related to emotions and sentiments, the colour purple is the symbol of luck and prosperity.

Trees that are good in terms of Feng-shui: Pine tree, bamboo tree, orchid, marble tree, prosperity tree, crown flower… These bring good luck and so are most of plants that produce edible fruit such as cherry blossom, plum tree, grapefruit tree, orange tree.

Trees that are bad in terms of Feng-shui should not be planted near the entrance of the house, such as trees with thorns and pointed leaves that carry bad energy (think of cacti, even though their flowers are beautiful). Shrinking plants such as bonsai, should be left far away from the house (in the green house). Trees with drooping leaves such as willows generate a doleful look.

Remove dead leaves, broken pots or wild grass. Keep the garden in beautiful condition which will help you relieve stress when looking at it. Feng-shui, as well as the decorating arts, will help your garden become a piece of art, and also contributes to the balancing of energy and the environment, helping to decrease difficulties and increase prosperity if you know how to make it work.

Water

Water distribution in the garden is very important and has an impact on our prosperity as well as our health. Water kept indoors does not create the same impact.

In Feng-shui, waterfalls, praying water, aquariums or natural waterfalls are very good and can be built quite easily, however the shape and the size of the aquarium is very important.

  • To achieve good luck, the shape of the pool must surround the house.
  • Mango-shaped, round, semi-circular, oval shapes are always good. Avoid shapes that have a pointed corner that faces the house.
  • The direction of water flow should be toward the house. Water flow that face outward or directly into the house are not good.
  • The soft sound of slow-running water is better than the noisy, turbulent noise of the torrential flow.
  • Always keep the water in the pool clean.
  • The size of the pool must be proportionate with that of the house. A large pool should not accompany a small house.

Since water is a strong instrument in Feng-shui, you will need advice from an expert, before deciding on installing or removing water flow in your garden.