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5 Essential Feng Shui Garden Elements

Updated on May 25, 2013

Feng Shui Gardening Basics

No matter how big or how small your outdoor garden, your ideal feng shui landscape design should represent the various unique aspects of your life and incorporate the basic Feng Shui elements and principles to stimulate, control, or balance your home's energy as needed.

Your Garden design should allow the flow and movement of Chi (life force energy) to move freely throughout by making use of the essential universal qualities of feng shui, these five basic elements are Water, Wood, Earth, Metal and Fire.

The Five Feng Shui Elements - Used in any Feng Shui Design or Landscaping

Metal (White or Gold) - Corresponds with Autumn and offers stillness and serenity. The quality of contraction, sharpness, focus; when too strong, metal energy can make you sharp-tongued and critical.

Water (Black) - Corresponds with Winter and brings willpower and adaptability. The quality of flowing, making connections; too much water energy can make you "wishy-washy" and indecisive.

Wood (Green) -Corresponds with Spring and offers hope and possibility. The quality of easy growth and progress; too much wood energy makes you aggressive or impatient, lacking compassion.

Fire (Red) - Corresponds with Summer and offers warmth and joy. The quality of excitement, expansion, quickness; too much fire energy can leave you stressed out and anxious.

Earth (Yellow) - Corresponds with Late Summer gives contentment and stability. The quality of settling down, being receptive; too much leads to depression, sluggishness, feeling stuck or weighed down.

The Rules of the Five Elements:


Wood produces fire (without fuel, fire cannot burn),

Fire produces earth (think of a volcano becoming a mountain),

Earth produces metal (metal is extracted from the earth),

Metal produces water (think of moisture condensing on a cold can of soda on a hot day), and

Water produces wood (without water, wood will die).


Wood uproots earth,

Earth blocks water,

Water douses fire,

Fire melts metal, and

Metal chops wood.

Source: Fast Feng Shui: 9 Simple Principles for Transforming Your Life by Energizing Your Home by Stephanie Roberts (Lotus Pond Press, 2001).

The Little Book of Garden Feng Shui

Lillian Too's Little Book of Feng Shui for the Garden
Lillian Too's Little Book of Feng Shui for the Garden

This little book is full of tips on auspicious garden layouts, backyard arrangements, selection of plants, creation of celestial guardians and the lucky placement of water, water flows and lights to attract wealth, health, harmony and good relationship luck.


Water Element

Networking, communication, professional opportunities and wealth

Water attracts positive energy (Chi) and is symbolic of Wealth.

To invite Chi toward your home, place a small water object, such as a bird bath or fountain, near the front entrance. Just be sure any waterfalls, run toward, rather than away from your home, to symbolize a positive flow of prosperity. If you have a water source in your garden, clean it regularly and If it has a leak, fix it immediately, as this will cause wealth to drain away.

Place Water Elements in feng shui areas such as the southeast (money & abundance area); in the east (health & family area) and in the north (career & life path) to energize each aspect of your life.

Avoid placing Earth Elements in the Northern area of your garden; ( i.e. stone, clay)

Buddha Flowing Water Fountain - Water Element

Alpine GEM122 Buddha Water Feature with LED Light
Alpine GEM122 Buddha Water Feature with LED Light

Constantly recycles water from a hidden pump reservoir. Requires no wiring, simply install and enjoy. No operating costs. It creates a relaxing atmosphere on your patio, deck, balcony or in your garden.


Wood Element

Promotes development and creative energies

The East governs Family Relationships and Health. This area is called "Big Wood", which is why it is good to have at least one big tree there.

While Trees do bring the element of Wood to any area, be careful not to place these powerful energy-producers too close to your house, or they will overshadow and overpower your home.

If using Wooden Tables, use ones that have large round edges, so they don't give off a cutting energy. Chairs with flowing curves will also enhance the flow of Chi.

The Southeast area governs Wealth and Prosperity and should be as green and lush as possible. This area is known as "Small Wood" and could be enhanced by a windmill, a swing or another structure made of wood (preferably one that moves to circulate energy.)

Avoid Metal Elements, such as garden accessories, wrought iron patio furniture, and tools in these areas.

Feng Shui Objects for Your Garden

Fire Element

Energy and passion

The Element of Fire is considered the most powerful of all five elements.

The Southern corner of your garden governs Recognition and Fame and represents the Fire element. Consider stringing up lights, putting the barbecue there, or having a hearth for a fire.

The presence of animals also enhances positive Chi and brings the element of Fire into your garden. Encourage Butterflies and birds into your garden by using feeders and plants to which they are particularly attracted.

Avoid placing any Water Elements, such as ponds, waterfalls, and fountains in these areas.

Garden Feng shui Fire Pit - Fire Element

Landmann 26364 23-1/2-Inch Savannah Garden Light Fire Pit, Black
Landmann 26364 23-1/2-Inch Savannah Garden Light Fire Pit, Black

Unique and stylish decorative cutouts create an incredible ambiance at night. Sturdy steel construction designed for easy assembly. Decorative ring handles included for easy transport. Includes decorative spark screen, poker and four decorative legs for sturdy support


Earth Element

Stability, permanence, and home

The Southwestern, "Big Earth", corner of your Feng Shui Garden, guides Marriage Prospects and Matrimonial Happiness. Big round terracotta or earthenware pots can easily symbolize this Earth Element.

The Northeast corner governs Education and Wisdom; this area is known as "Small Earth", so it is a good location for a rock garden, or a small statue.

Metal Element

Generates attention and transmits energy

Wind chimes, metal gongs and wrought iron can add the Element of Metal to any area, including your Garden.

The Northwestern corner governs Helpful People or Mentors. This corner is called "Big Metal", so it is a good place to put a wrought iron table and chairs, to invite helpful friends into your life.

The Western corner, governs Children and Fertility and is known as "Small Metal"; this area will benefit most from wind chimes or small silvery objects that catch and reflect the sun.

Avoid placing Fire Elements, such as barbecues in the western area of your garden.

Chinese Wind Gong by Woodstock - Metal Element

Woodstock Healing Gong- Eastern Energies Collection
Woodstock Healing Gong- Eastern Energies Collection

You don't have to be on a secluded retreat to enjoy the resonant tones of this small gong. With its sturdy metal base and high-quality wood-handled leather mallet, this gong produces a resounding tone that's ideal for centering yourself, focusing meditation sessions, or just calling the kids to dinner.


A Garden of Zen

A Garden of Zen
A Garden of Zen

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      Random thoughts2 5 years ago

      Very interesting and knowledgeful...thanks for sharing.

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      Evelyn88 5 years ago

      People often forget how important is to take care outdoor spaces as well. Very useful and informative lens! :)

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Appreciated learning more about how to incorporate Feng Shui into my garden. Thank you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Expert tips for amateur gardeners like me. This lens is gorgeous! I added a link to this lens as a Related Lens at my lens about the art of feng shui, so it appears under the section EXPLORE RELATED PAGES.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very beautifully explained the basics of Feng shui for garden.

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      TheresaBesaw 6 years ago

      I love Feng Shui and can't wait to learn more. My mother in law built a feng shui garden and it is so peaceful. I am looking forward to building mine in a few years. I have a few other project to finish first. Great lens.

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      Heidi Reina 7 years ago from USA

      I have not yet Feng Shui'd my garden. But now you've shown me how to do it. Blessed by a Squid Angel ~

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      Toddcargan 7 years ago

      Thank you for making Feng Shui in the garden easier to understand.

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      kimbesa 7 years ago from USA

      A beautiful education...thanks, and **angel blessed**!

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      BarbaraCasey 7 years ago

      LOVE the idea of a gong and fountain in the veggies. Bookmarking this page, thanks.

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      BarbaraCasey 7 years ago

      LOVE the idea of a gong and fountain in the veggies. Bookmarking this page, thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Beautiful :)

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      glenbrook 7 years ago

      Very nicely done. Lots of good suggestions, I'm going to use some of them when we redo our backyard next spring.

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      teakbenchesqtb 7 years ago

      interesting lens...had fun reading and learning from this..


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      scar4 7 years ago

      Love the way you changed the background for the yin yang image. Great lens!

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      auntjenny lm 7 years ago

      Oh I can see myself in the Garden of Zen, looks so inviting! Lovely products and especially like the information on creating a feng shui in the garden. Nice!!

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Greetings! You have a lovely lens and it has been blessed.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      I'm always and I do mean always seeking a moment of zen and a bit of feng shui in my yard ... hubby is really connected in that sense you know!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Really nice. Loved it!

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      CoolFoto 8 years ago

      We have lots of animals and birds in our garden, so, guess we have Chi. Very interesting presentation. You have made it easy for all to understand.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Wow! Great lens! Welcome to the spirituality group!

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      Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

      This lens is lovely and peaceful. It's very helpful because of the straightforward way you've explained the directions. I get lost in a lot of Feng Shui books. 5*

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago


      My name is Elizabeth Jean Allen and I am the new group leader for the Nature and the Outdoors Group.


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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      Our garden has the Feng Shui elements and I didn't even know about them - our home is definitely arranged according to the principles, so maybe it's just good Chi that influenced our garden design. I will fave this to use as a reference. Lensrolled to my Garden Crafts lenses and to Rain Gardens lens also. Thank you for teaching me ...

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

      I love being in a garden. Flowers and veggies.

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      Rico2008 8 years ago

      Very interesting lens! I'm just getting into Feng Shui and found it very helpful.


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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens, so detailed and helpful 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust

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      Andy-Po 9 years ago

      Excellent lens

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love this! Just did a Feng Shui upgrade to my home. It included a hint of the yard. I am having amazing results! Will look to see what I can implement from this information. Thanks so much!


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      koolmom lm 9 years ago

      very nice lens.

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      Sandy Mertens 9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I always find these gardens so fascinating. Nice lens.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      I'm ready to Feng Shui my garden! Thank you for the tips!

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      gardenlady 9 years ago

      I really love your lens. Just looking at the pictures relaxed me - I need to pull out my feng shui books and get to know them again. Thanks for this lens. 5*s, and saving to favs.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 9 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent. I've had an interest in chi kung and in acupuncture for years. so, I enjoyed this very informative lens. 5-starred, favorited and lendsrolled to my Best Buds gardening magnets lens.

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      VicM 9 years ago


      i really enjoyed reading your lense... do you have one about the same subject for inside as well?? as i don't have a garden :( ....

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love my feng shui garden fountain. It is peaceful and calming, and very good for meditation. The chimes are very important and effective. - I think this is a very well done lens, informative and artfully presented. I love your selections as well. - Susie

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      Mickie Goad 9 years ago

      Absolultely a lovely lens! 5* and a fav from me!

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      Thanks there is so much good information on your lens I will be back often to see update.*****

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      Mortira 9 years ago

      This is a great resource for outdoor décor! What I love about this type of landscaping is that it can steer us away from having too much grass - and therefore too much wasted water.

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      Wow, I learned a lot on this page! Fav'd, lensrolled, 5 *'s, and blessed!

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      Bellezza-Decor 9 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful Feng Shui lens 5* and thanks for dropping by Garden Art Ideas!

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      beautiful lens!5***,lensroll

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      Welcome to the < href=""&... Design, Soft furnishings and Décor Group. Some brilliant photographs.

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      RinchenChodron 9 years ago

      I love the fountain. I'm going to put a small bird feeder with water by my front door right now and see what it brings! Another super lens 5*

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      Let me be the first to give you a big 5*, FAV, facebook, twitter, etc on this Fabulous lens. I love the symbolism and what a great Terracotta fountain! I must have one!

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