Feng Shui for the Outdoors


The harmony outside your house is just as important as inside. Greenery, trees, and attentive landscaping are all part of making your home happy, inside and out. Here is a brief list of do’s and don’ts to help you give your yard the best feng shui possible.

Outdoor Feng Shui Do’s
The following tips with help you bring out the best in your yard:

  • Do be sure to balance yin and yang. Plants with pointed leaves are considered to be yang in nature, and plants with round, soft leaves are considered to be yin in nature.
  • Install a water feature to boost outdoor relaxation, a fountain, for example, or a small pond.
  • Try to choose plants that invoke the four elements not covered by the water fountain:
    • Earth: Plants that are low to the ground
    • Water, Metal: Plants with wavy leaves
    • Fire: Plants with pointed leaves and thorny vegetarian
    • Wood: Tall plants
  • The visual lines of your backyard foliage should emphasize upward growth. If you have a large downward-pointing plant or tree, like a weeping willow, balance that with strong upright lines. (Bamboo plants are among the best to offset a weeping willow.)

Outdoor Feng Shui Don’ts
Keep trouble out of your yard by following these guidelines:

  • Don’t plant too much red in front of your house. A little bit is great, but too much can make you restless.
  • Don’t plant a tree in front of your windows. You need that view to stay open-minded and creative.
  • Avoid placing any object above eye level if the object might fall on someone. Even if it’s very unlikely that it will fall, the subconscious concern is bad for overall chi.
  • Avoid big rocks or rock gardens at the entrance of your home. This is essential for keeping energy flow open. (It’s fine to have a rock garden in the backyard, however.)
  • Don’t plant bushes or trees too close to your house, or by the curb. Trees are known to carry powerful energy. They can cause blockage and the roots can interfere with foundations. Keep big trees to a minimum and plant them far from the house.

On the Cheap
Feng shui doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some low-cost tips:

  • Remove dead or dying plants from the yard, rake up leaves, and remove fallen branches.
  • If you live in an apartment, extend your feng shui luck with plants outside your doors and windows. Even if your only option is houseplants, place a few in window boxes where you will see them.
  • Add sound to your outdoor areas. Wind chimes or bells are perfect because of their beautiful tinkling sound. Place them in the west, northwest and north corners of the yard, where they are thought to benefit children and careers.

One Step Further
In order to gain a full understanding of the subtleties of feng shui, we strongly recommend that you do extensive research and consult a trusted expert. The principals of feng shui are based on literally thousands of years of collective wisdom. The more you study, the better you will be able to apply feng shui to your home, yard, and life. For more information, see Related Tips & How Tos.