Energy in the Garden

Energy in the Garden (part 1)

Different gardens have different types of energies. Some invite relaxation or contemplation, others might attract exploration, play or be purely functional. The lawned backyard with the central Hills Hoist clothesline is a perfect example of the latter.

Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is a design concept focusing on how energy moves and the corresponding influences on how we feel and attract (or repel) things in our lives. So what does this have to do with gardening? By considering what we want to feel and to achieve within our lives, we can adjust the design of our gardens to support or enhance this. The purpose of this series is not to provide detailed instruction in Feng Shui, but rather to introduce the elements and how you can use them in the design or redesign of your garden.

A key element in improving the energy in your garden involves removing “clutter” – be this rubbish or junk that has accumulated, or even overgrown and weedy areas. Clearing these helps improve the energy flow – and is something you can feel good about straight away.

Air quality is invariably improved by the use of living plants – be that pot plants around a patio or verandah, through to extensive gardens and large trees in a park. If plants have died or are sickly – consider why that might be the case (eg. Lack of water, too much sun, pests/ diseases, etc) and take that into consideration when you look to replace them.

Philodendrons and Peace Lilies are great examples of plants used to improve air quality – and generally do well in an indoor environment or shady area. NASA identified species of these and 13 others including Gerberas, Dracaenas and a Chrysanthemum hybrid as particularly effective at removing toxins from the environment.

–       Brought to you by Tanya @ Tanby Garden Centre