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Plants and Feng Shui

india Updated: Jun 25, 2011 00:33 IST
Ritu Kapoor
Ritu Kapoor
Hindustan Times
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Plants enhance the environment, according to the principles of Feng Shui. The spirit of the home comes alive when happiness prevails. The wood element can be very influential in matters of health, wealth, harmony, rebirth, and rejuvenation. If you want to improve the energy in these areas, living plants and trees will be your best option, as they have a powerful life and energy force.



Along with colours, music, lights, water and sounds, plants are important to create a healthy and lively atmosphere. Growing plants signify good Feng Shui. Some plants play a very important role in enhancing the Feng Shui of an environment. For instance, the bamboo signifies longevity and a life of good health.



http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTEditImages/Images/indoorplants.gif Planting rules in Feng Shui

The rules for planting in the Feng Shui garden are simple. Each plant should be chosen carefully with regard to the specific. So whether you are seeking to create your harmonious oasis in a patio, container garden, or professionally landscaped lawn, there are three fundamental concepts that will be relevant: energy flow, balance of yin and yang, and the productive and destructive relationships of the five elements. Feng Shui plant practices and precepts often involve the beauty of value and the positive role of plants. The same principles apply for creating a sanctuary outdoors as well as indoors.



Topography wise

The planning should also blend in with the topography of the surrounding area-unless we want to make a definite statement. Feng Shui is all about instilling harmony in your interior or exterior environment. You might live in an area that has identical houses in gardens which have evolved a particular look. You may feel happiest following the established style of your area, but since change is a key feature of Taoism, in which Feng Shui has its roots, individual expression in garden design is to be welcomed or we will not develop.



Straight lines and sharp corners that are frequently found in formal gardens contradict the spirit of Feng Shui and defeat its benefits. In addition, any paths created here should either consist of rounded pavers or straight-edged pavers laid in either a curvy or herringbone pattern.



The Feng Shui garden is naturalistic and low maintenance; native plants are an ideal choice. The jade plant brings in lot of money and wealth and is considered auspicious as the leaves resemble the precious jade stone. It should be placed in the southeast corner. Trees full of oranges symbolise wealth so place them in the southeast of the garden.

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