Interior Landscaping with Feng Shui Plants

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Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive energy flow. This is the second article we are doing on feng shui. Debra Ringler of Personal Plant Service put together this excellent piece showcasing the element of wood.  Plants are a wood element and here are interior plants you can use to balance wood with the other elements.. Along with each plant is the area of your life they will improve.

In today’s economy, we can use any help we can get!  Feng Shui is the Chinese technique of arranging one’s possessions so that positive “chi” (energy) is in your home, office, or business. Some believe that by practicing Feng Shui, you will improve your health, increase your wealth and prosperity, develop better personal relations, and achieve your goals. Feng Shui is about balancing the elements of water, wood, fire, earth (soil), and metal. Plants are considered a wood element and that is what I am going to concentrate on in this article–using certain plants in certain areas to increase the positive energy around you.

Step 1:

Live plants encourage health, wealth, prosperity and contentment. Silk or artificial plants and flowers may be used if necessary. Never use dried flowers: These represent misfortune. Flowering plants are best, but dead

Peace Lily – cleans toxins in air 

blooms must be immediately removed. Keep plants clean and trimmed. Never allow plants to get overgrown, as this encourages negative energy. Fresh cut flowers provide luck and good fortune. Never use a bonsai inside a home or office, as its stunted growth is a negative force.

Step 2:

Where plants are placed is very important. Only one plant in a bathroom.  Plants can backfire into bad luck in this location.  Lemon or orange trees near the entrance to a house bring prosperity.  Place plants in the east or southeast corner of room to bring good luck. A large plant in the passage between the front and back door can result in better health and a greater ability to save money by slowing down air currents.  If you wish to become pregnant, avoid flowers in the bedroom and have a bowl of fruit instead, especially pomegranates.  Use flowering plants (especially red) in groups of three on a walkway to your front door.  Plants in groups of three promote prosperity. Tall plants should never be placed in the middle of a room.

Step 3:

Philodendron – Money! 

Plants used in Feng Shui must have a certain type of leaf.  Use plants with round leaves that look like coins. Avoid plants with spikey, pointed, or rigid leaves inside your house or office.  Use plants with round floppy leaves to encourage a calm atmosphere.  Bushy plants keep the positive energy in the room. Thorny plants like cactus can be used outside as security, but not near the front door.  Hanging baskets provide softness.

Step 4:

Here is a list of some of the best Feng Shui plants for indoor use.  Many of them not only generate good luck by creating good chi (natural energy), but also have been shown by NASA to clean the air of harmful pollutants.

  • Bamboo Palm (and all other palms): Good luck, success, prosperity.
  • Rubber Trees: Calm, good fortune.
  • Dracaena Janet Craig: Cleans the air of toxins.
  • Peace Lily: Cleans the air of toxins.
  • Ficus: Rounded leaf varieties.
  • Philodendron: Money.
  • Aspidistra: Strength.
  • Orchid: Patience and endurance.
  • Ivy: Softens, cleans air of toxins.
  • Ferns: Softens.
  • Fresh flowers and herbs: Positive energy and calm.
  • Spider plant: Cleans the air of toxins.
  • Lavender: Calm
  • Mum: Happiness, cleans air of toxins.
  • Jasmine: Friendship.

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