x Eve Woman Wellness Readers Lounge Leisure and Travel My Man Bridal Health Parenting Reproductive Health About Us Digital News Videos Opinions Cartoons Education E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise BULK SMS E-Learning Digger Classified The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS

How to create harmony in your garden

Gardening By Michelle Langi
Feng shui is used in decor to create harmony

Feng shui (pronounced faah-ng’ shway) is an old Chinese art of achieving harmony in a space. It involves balance of the chi (life energy) and the yin and yang (harmony of opposites) and the five elements of life that include water, fire, earth, metal and wood. Feng shui is used to decorate homes, offices, business premises as well as outdoor areas including gardens. Here is how to achieve garden feng shui.

ALSO READ: Woman explains how you can use a tampon to save house plants

Garden bagua

Your garden, just like your home has bagua. Bagua is like a map with eight factors that correlate to create a harmonious space. Among the eight bagua areas your garden should have are: a wealth and abundance corner, health and family area, fame and reputation, spiritual growth and cultivation, love and marriage, children and creativity area, career and path in life, helpful people and blessings area.

Create curved paths

Nature, just like life, does not follow a straight path. Life flows along a curvy pathway and so should your garden. Create curved pathways with pebbles and stones like mazeras or cabro. Curved paths allow for the flow of energy or chi, which is good energy.

Curved paths, stone and earth will allow the flow of energy

Installing the five elements

Once you have mapped out your garden with the bagua, it is time to place all the five elements in your garden floor plan.


ALSO READ: Woman shares 'perfect' hack to get rid of weeds from your garden

Use water elements like fountains in areas mapped out for wealth and abundance, career and path in life and/or health and family. The colours best for these areas are blue and black. You can get a handmade fountain from your nearest jua kali artisan.


Your personal growth and self-cultivation bagua element should fall in the North side of your garden. This is a perfect area for the Earth. Introduce the earth using stone and rocks.


Metal energy represents flexibility and dynamism. Use metal in sectors that represent creativity, children, helpful people and family. Metallic furniture in grey and white is as close to feng shui as it gets.

Fire creates energy


Fire creates energy in your space and is perfect for a feng shui garden. Fire colours are red and fire products are lanterns, fire pits, furnaces and bonfires.


Since all gardens are woodsy, this is a feng shui element that appears by default in your garden and works in tandem with the rest. Play around with the elements until you arrive at your version of zen.

Share this article


Stay Ahead!

Access premium content only available
to our subscribers.

Support independent journalism
Log in
Support independent journalism
Create an account    Forgot Password
Create An Account
Support independent journalism
I have an account Log in
Reset Password
Support independent journalism
Log in