A great way to rethink our gardens and landscapes is to put on our “feng shui” eyes and use symbolic connection as a planting strategy.
The art of feng shui reminds us that man is not only connected to nature, but is a part of nature. We have benefited from plants for thousands of years as a food, medicine, and to make our personal world one filled with beauty, color and scent. Plants give us breathe and life.
Plants have cultural and symbolic meanings, uses and legends that can be traced back for thousands of years. In Feng Shui, we access symbolism to set intention and create positive energetics in our space. For example, an Evergreen has been a symbol for longevity and prosperity with it’s ability to “stay green” during the cold winters when other plants have gone dormant or died. Planting an Evergreen in the bagua area of wealth is a powerful symbol.
The bagua is the energy, chi or life map of feng shui. Based on ancient theory and science such as the I Ching, the bagua allots the energy of a space into 8 guas or houses with the center for a total of 9 areas.