How to feng shui your garden: Tips for improving your wellbeing – and your yard

Applying wellness principles to your garden could have you saying “ohm” in no time.

Looking for a little more zen in your life? Maybe it’s time you gave your garden a feng shui makeover.

Feng shui, the Chinese art of placement, might seem like a lot of moving things around for nothing, but considering the current trend for wellness and mindfulness, it’s worth giving it a shot – especially if you’re looking to create a calmer home environment.

One area of your home you can apply the principles of feng shui to is your garden. Since summer is almost here and we’re going to spend more and more time in the back yard, it’s a great time to get your home’s ‘chi’ flowing.

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Courtney Lake, Pottery Barn’s social media editor, has put together a guide on what to consider when designing your garden for the warmer weather, and how to make the most of it for three of our favourite summer activities – BBQs, sunbathing and having fun with the kids.

How to feng shui your garden for…a BBQ

Choosing the right spot of your garden for a get-together is key.

Courtney comments: “Positive energies for socialising are believed to focus upon the west of your garden space, with the south west understood to be ideal as the primary dining area.

“Consider the position of the sun at the times of day you’ll be in the garden - and orientate your social space to make the most of it.”

How to feng shui your garden for…relaxing

Whether it’s sunbathing, relaxing with a good book, or just having a bit of ‘me’ time, the north and east of your garden are said to be the best for some serious zen.

“Establishing a little ‘zen den’ is a simple way to transform your personal use of any garden - somewhere nice to sit, surrounded by nature,” says Courtney.

“For your borders, pick earthy colours offset by brighter shades of pink and yellow flora. If you’re looking to make a more dramatic change, consider a rockery or traditional zen garden, complete with gravel pathways, tinkling wind chimes and ornaments.

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“Ideal for reading and meditation, your ‘zen den’ can make a big difference to your wellbeing.”

How to feng shui your garden for…activities

Whether you’re looking to use your garden for your weekly workout or as a safe space in which to have fun and run about with the kids, take a step back and curate your space to suit your needs, recommends Courtney.

“Feng shui principles suggest that the west is bursting with energy for children and creativity - perhaps this is the perfect spot for your own family playground?

“When it comes to using your garden for fitness, you need space, simplicity and positive energy. If you regularly practice yoga, you’ll know that this demanding activity requires your environment to be both peaceful and practical. To the west, energies to support health, supported by the use of wood and green shades, are ideal for making the most of your workout.”

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