By Kathy Van Mullekom
Rocks, garden sculpture, patios, benches, pergolas/gazebos, swings all add visual interest and find their balance within the softness of plants and flowers.
“We love gardens because we find the balance we want to feel within ourselves in the creations of our outdoor spaces and gardens,” says Bonnie. “The ‘hard’ sculptures are yang to the flowers’ yin.”
3. Mindfully use color. If you have ample room for your gardens, consider either themes of brilliant color or mixes of color. Multi-color plants “fill in” space as you look at them because all the colors radiate a vibration and take up more visual space (yang). If you have little room for plants, consider softer color flowers and plants (yin) — such as shades of whites and greens. A yin garden is ideal for meditation.
Colors such as red (yang) give off the great vibrations, followed by yellows and oranges and even whites. Blues and purples and softer colors like peach and pale yellow and mauve are more yin and “quiet.”
4. Work with topography. The rise and fall of land itself is yin (low) and yang (high). To keep your home from looking like it was dropped on a piece of land, add berms — soil stacked to a soft or hard tier or terrace — so the space is broken and the eye rests somewhere. Subtracting soil offers the same effect. Bring in large rocks and group them together to offer a feeling of safety and stability — especially if you live on a corner property) to the home and gardens.
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