Adding a Little Sound and Feng Shui To Your Landscape

chimesWhen designing your landscape, it’s important to think not only about stuff like:

  • your budget
  • what size plants to get
  • irrigation
  • trees

… you know, “stuff”.

It’s also important to think about the feel of your yard, or put another way, the mood. Is it going to be a funky array of colors, sounds, and smell or a relaxing Zen kind of garden?

In this post, I’d like to talk a little about adding sound and mood (or emotion) into your landscape design.

The Wonderful Connection Between Wind Chimes and Feng Shui

Those that purchase wind chimes and hang them in the doorways in their home commonly do so because of their decorative value.

There is just something uniquely appealing to the look of these chimes. Of course, the calming sound they make adds even more to their unique value. Beyond the common aesthetics, are there more benefits that can be gained from the placement of wind chimes.

For those that weave the chimes in with the principles of Feng Shui decor, the results could literally be holistic in nature.

At this point, some might find it incredulous that Feng Shui and wind chimes are capable of working so well together.

How is this possible?

Once you understand the basic principles of what Feng Shui is, you will discover that it might be quite easy to tap into the amazing energy flow Feng Shui manipulates in order to deliver on its holistic merits.

What is Feng Shui?

For those not familiar with the concept of Feng Shui, this is an ancient Chinese method of tapping into the universal life flow energy traveling through the earth. This life flow energy is commonly called Qi (aka Chi) and it flows through the meridian points of the human body.

When Qi flow is blocked, the body can become ill. When Qi flow is enhanced, then the health of the body might be optimized. Most means of cultivating Qi center on breathing exercises, seated and moving meditation, and physical exercises.

Feng Shui takes things into a completely different direction.

The words Feng Shui are translated as “wind-water.”

This refers to the notion that Qi flows freely through the air, but can be trapped in water. Since it is believed Qi is flowing through the air, it becomes obvious how there just might be a solid connection between the placement of wind chimes and the ability to direct external Qi flow from the earth.

The Connection between Feng Sui and Wind Chimes

Before delving into the relationship between Feng Shui and wind chimes, it is important to note there are many different schools of thought when it comes to how the chimes should be used to cultivate Qi energy.

No one, single approach can be considered right or wrong. However, there may be certain strategies that are better for you than others. A little bit of research and trial and error may be required.

Feng Shui commonly revolves around the placement of objects in order to help direct the flow of Qi. So placing items in your garden in specific areas is something you’ll need to do to achieve the proper flow of Qi.

Through effectively placing objects in a set way, Qi energy can be manipulated in a manner that yields the most positive results. While wind chimes are traditional placed in an environment that puts them in the direct path of wind, those hoping to cultivate Feng Shui might put them inside the home in a manner more preferable to working with Qi than the wind.

The prime purpose of mixing wind chimes with Feng Shui will generally be intended to get rid of negative Qi energy.

Contrary to what some might assume, not all Qi energy has a positive effect.

yin-yangKeeping in accordance with the theory of Yin/Yang, positive Qi energy cannot exist unless there is also negative Qi energy.

This does not mean, however, you have to be at the mercy of negative Qi energy. There are ways to address and reverse the presence of it and wind chimes would be the most common way, especially in your overall landscape design.

Specific Strategies to Eliminate Negative Qi Energy In Your Garden

In order to eliminate the negative Qi energy from a home, simply hanging wind chimes in an errant manner will not work.

Feng Shui is all about the deliberate placement of items in the home and garden. Through following along with common, well established strategies, it might become much more likely the chimes do as is expected of them.

The placement of the wind chimes in a northwest direction would be one traditional strategy that can be employed with a metal wind chime. If the chime is made of wood, southwest would be the better direction. Symbols and numbers on the wind chimes will further enhance their ability to deliver results. 6 and 8 would be the best numbers.

buddaSimilarly, there are symbols such as a Buddha or two hearts would be helpful to the chimes.

Looks do count!

And also…

In addition to helping reverse the presence of negative energy from a home and garden, Feng Shui wind chimes can enhance the look of an interior. For many, if the chimes do this, then they have done their job!

What Landscaping Can Do For Your Garden

Whatever the size of your garden, an attractive spot for rest and daydreaming amidst your plants is something you deserve to relish.

A preferential part of the garden or, in the contrary, a low-profile corner that nobody ever uses can very easily be transformed to a special place for relaxation and well-being.

Tip: Always draw your landscaping layout after careful examination of the garden’s orientation, the sun’s position throughout the day (and in the course of the year), the winds blowing in the area.

backyardYour garden should look fabulous, but, most of all, you should be able to live in it according to your specific lifestyle.

For example, you wouldn’t want to plant the sensitive mimosas in the path of the wild winter northern winds – and you definitely wouldn’t want to build a swimming pool or a porch that the sun visits no more than a couple of hours every day.

Landscaping design is done according to both aesthetic and rational standards.

Try to include as many environmental and personal factors that you know would influence the design of your garden. Think them over. Then, start drawing.

Small Garden & Medium Sized Garden Ideas Picture Gallery

In the following video, you will see how dull patches in the garden were fashioned into elegant and functional spaces, offering a special tone and a vivid atmosphere to the house:

Landscaping Before and After Pictures

Even if your garden looks absolutely desperate – as the one you will see right away – give your imagination the reigns and let it lead you to its wildest fantasies. Nothing needs to remain as you once knew it. Raise mounds, create ponds, split the area according to your own geography: you are a small god in this portion of land.

We have already talked about the importance of drawing a blueprint of your garden as you want it to look when finished. Not everyone is good with pencil and paper though – or, it may very well be that you would love to do it, but you don’t have the time. A simple, easy-to-use 3D Landscaping software will help you see your vision created on the screen, before you get too deep into actually building it.

Hard Landscaping: Laying the Foundations

One important distinction to make is the one between hard and soft landscaping.

While soft landscaping refers to working with the selection, arrangement, planting and handling of the verdure (something that most garden owners enjoy doing themselves), hard landscaping comprises all the preparatory work, such as

  • Retaining walls
  • Foundations for sheds and greenhouses;
  • Ponds and built-in swimming pools;
  • Porches, gazebos, decking
  • Paving, paths, driveways
  • Stairways, terraces, patios
  • Drainage and guttering

and it usually requires some prior experience with the digging, trenching and building involved. In certain instances, it may also require special tools and knowledge on the kinds of works performed. Just keep in mind that you’re not a professional, and feel free to ask expert advice at whatever stage of your project you think you may need some.

How to Transform Your Backyard into a Secret Garden

The happy owner in the following video displays a terrific landscaping project that took him four summers to complete. Many people find this sort of exercise fun and rewarding – building your own garden will certainly give you a sense of fulfillment and pride.

Hire a Professional Landscaping Company

Even if you want to relegate the task to a landscaping professional, remember that a garden is a living, evolving entity. The image you will get from your newly-constructed garden will be quite different from the one you’re going to enjoy in one, two or four years’ time.


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