06/24/2012 05:13 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Feng Shui Tips for Your Garden

Your garden holds the promise of being an outdoor sanctuary for your soul. A garden calms, heals and brings peace merely by boasting its beauty and wonder.

Get your hands dirty and plant, trim, fertilize and reacquaint yourself with Mother Nature. Feng Shui teaches us that sheng chi or good energy can easily flow in places that are pleasing to look at, clean and maintained with care.

It is believed that the complementary energies of Yin and Yang signify the ever changing balance of life and the universe. Yang represents masculine, active, rigid and strong energy. Yin symbolizes darkness, stillness, weakness and the feminine energy. The balance of Yin and Yang is important when creating any harmonious environment.

Here are some tips that are sure to keep the good energy flowing in your garden:
1. Orange flowers can be placed at the entrance of a garden to attract good energy to your property and can also be used to balance yin energy at the back of your garden.
2. A garden water feature like a fountain or even a bird bath brings positive energy into the area and your life.
3. Keep all water features clean and in repair because if it is not kept in good condition it can lead to financial worries.
4. For good luck place a statue of a dragon in a shady spot in the eastside of the garden.
5. Do not to plant rose bushes on the path to your front door because it prevents positive energy from flowing to the entrance of your home.
6. The sunny areas are yang and the perfect place to put a statue in that is in a meditative pose to balance the energy.
7. Place colorful garden ornaments in dense areas or dark places to balance the energy.
8. Do not use too many ornaments or statues in your garden because it will begin to feel cluttered and will block fresh energy from entering.
9. Fierce looking statues can be used to protect but should always be faced away from your home so this strong yang energy is not pointing at your residence.
10. The stagnant areas of the garden are great places for wind chimes or flags. The movement in the breeze keeps good energy flowing.

Luxuriate in the fragrances, beauty, and the sounds that are unique to your garden. Be conscious of this moment and time and its magnificence and relax, enjoy, mediate and dream...

Debra Duneier is an accredited LEED® Green Associate, Certified Eco-Designer, Feng Shui Master Practitioner, Creator of EcoChi® and an award winning Author of EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience.