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How to build a green terrace garden

india Updated: Oct 16, 2011 00:39 IST
Ritu Kapoor

You always wanted a garden but there’s no space around your house? A terrace garden is your answer to lush green surroundings. But before you start building a green haven, keep the following in mind. The first and most important thing is that your terrace should be strong to hold a garden and spacious enough to bring in elements of relaxation. Ornaments that are sharp will trigger negative energy. So do not put any such plant on the main doors. The ladder to the terrace should not have big steps. Make it more approachable.

PlantsNATURE LOVE

Colourful flowers look beautiful in a carport and allow the qi energy to come in the house through the main door. To make your terrace more colourful you can grow coloured leaves plants in it. Use seasonal plants. If the location of the terrace is too high the qi will not be able to move freely from the main door, coupled with the rarity you activate the main door, then the qi in the home will also decrease the quality.

Plant in window boxes or in pots, herbs and fragrant plants along the windows will bring in fragrant air in the house. When the terrace is located on the northwest sector, then you should avoid the use of red colour , as the northwest sector is of metal nature and it will clash with the red colour whose nature is fire.

MAIN DOOR WISE
Potted plants and hanging lights lighten a little the weight off the terrace. As a result of feng shui, you will experience the positive effects of losing the problems of your main door. In fact, the main door of the house gets first priority when a feng shui consultant begins to work on the house. You can mix small and large plants with different colours. It is important to have plants that bloom at different times, so there will always be fresh flowers throughout the year in all seasons.

The ‘chill out’ style is also a good option when it comes to decorating outdoor environments. Furnish the terrace with some chairs and a comfortable table. You can use pillows, candles, and rugs to make the place comfy. You may use a broad base of wood with white cushions, as the main object for the decoration and seating. Some people even put artificial turf on the terrace to give the illusion of being in the field. It can be made with polycarbonate sheet, which is a hard, transparent plastic. Use shutters and screens to protect it from strong winds. Also, create it in a well-guarded place. You can find outdoor furniture and patio elements in a variety of designs, it is recommended to buy ones with a canopy so that you can relax in the shade, reading a good book or hanging out with friends.

Ritu Kapoor, Feng Shui Expert