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9 Tips for A Balanced Garden

Updated: Jul 16, 2019

This time of year, I can’t get enough of being outside. Over the past few years, I have created flower beds that surround our home. Some of my favorite flowers I transplanted from my mother’s garden or received from friends. I have to admit gardening intimidates me, but I’m learning as I go. The best tip I ever received was to use mulch when planting, as it’s easier to move plants around. Boy have I ever moved plants. There’s a challenge in finding just the right balance in a garden but using Feng Shui tools has made it easier. Here are a few tips to help you create balance in your own garden.

  1. Incorporate tall and short plants, as well as fat and skinny. Opposites keep us interested and support balance.

  2. Mix annuals with perennials to allow for creativity each year.

  3. Consider how much sun you get, so you are using plants appropriate to your environment.

  4. Mix up light and dark plants. Again, this adds interest and one color will help the other color stand out in the garden.

  5. Create balance with pointy leaves as well as soft, rounded leaves. When everything is the same shape it can get boring.

  6. Don’t be afraid to have open space. A crowed garden lacks stillness.

  7. Be realistic when gardening. Plants need attention so be thoughtful with your choices. If you don’t have time to split bulbs or Hosta’s, consider shrubs or low maintenance plants.

  8. Add garden art for a way to express yourself. This is an easy way to change the look and feel of your garden every year.

  9. Don’t forget the ground cover. If using dark mulch, consider adding a complimentary border of light bricks or rocks.

Find your own balance when it comes to gardening. Growing up my mother would take her friends on mini-tours of her gardens. She would bring scissors or a basket with the intent to send home either fresh produce or fresh cut flowers. Gardening brought balance to my mother’s life and can do the same for all of us.

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