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Video: Landscaping According To Fen Shui Principles
For millennia, the Chinese have tried to live in harmony with nature. In Chinese gardening art, the garden and the house form a single whole, inseparable from the surrounding nature and living according to its laws. To achieve this harmonious combination, one must follow certain rules developed by the Chinese based on the experience of many generations. These rules are summarized in the teaching of "fen shui", which literally means "wind and water". For a closer look at the basics of fen shui, you can read New Zealand psychologist Webster's book Feng Shui for a Garden, which provides some practical advice on how to make your home and garden a harmonious part of nature.
When planning a plot in accordance with the rules of feng shui, it is very important to choose the correct location for the house. You cannot buy a plot located at the end of a dead end street. According to the laws of fen shui, your house, located in a dead end, will lack vital energy - qi. The ideal option for the location of the house, according to the Chinese, would be the orientation of its main entrance to the south. At the same time, it is desirable to provide protection from the cold north winds from the north. Such protection could be, for example, a hill.
The water in front of the house - a stream, lake or oval pond - will bring good luck to you. The Chinese believed that clean water symbolized money and prosperity. Therefore, there is so much water in their gardens, and the bridges and islands, decorated with gazebos, give the man-made landscape a unique charm.
In feng shui, not only the location of the site and the house is important, but also their shape. Irregularly shaped plots and houses are considered problematic, but the situation can be easily corrected by planting trees or installing lanterns in certain places. Right angles should be avoided, the outlines of the paths should be smooth. Walking through the garden and following the bends of the path, we seem to leaf through the pages of an entertaining book, each time discovering a new interesting detail of the landscape.
Plants for the garden
Fen Shui assumes a free garden layout and, accordingly, the use of a wide variety of plants, but still, several plants are almost always present in Chinese gardens. This is, first of all, the most popular flower in China - the peony. It was believed that a peony planted in the southwestern part of the garden will help to establish rapport with people, the lotus increases the creative abilities of the owner, chrysanthemums are the personification of comfort and happiness, and magnolia and orchid flowers are a symbol of good taste and a sign that a charming hostess.
All this plant symbolism of Feng Shui for us, of course, is just exotic and it is not at all necessary to strive to reproduce a corner of the Chinese garden on our site by planting plants that will never grow well with us. It is important to understand the principles of fen shui, which may help us get a little closer to nature.
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