Balcony gardens are commonly built into the living space of high-rise apartment homes.
While not all apartment units have balconies, those that do tend to have a special place in the hearts of many homeowners.
One big reason being that unlike a house with a front or back yard where plants and flowers can be grown, the most sensible place to set up a garden in an apartment is the balcony.
It usually have ample sunlight, partially exposed to the rain, and have a nice view to the beyond. The balcony can often be one of the favorite spaces at home where you can relax and have some fresh air.
But with the hustle and bustle in a city, the view from a balcony is not always rosy. This is a good reason why setting up a garden in the balcony can sometimes do wonders for feng shui.
Generally speaking, a garden balcony is often said to be good feng shui as it connects the energy of a house to the natural energies of the earth.
So is your balcony garden good or bad feng shui?
Southwest and northeast
The simple reason being that these two directional sectors are fundamentally of earth element. As wood, which is the element of plants, destroys earth, the Gen and Kun trigrams within the house would be adversely affected by the strong presents of wood element.
This translate to adversity for young men and the matriarch in the household. Love and harmony in the family can also be affected.
Only under certain situations can garden space in these two areas be acceptable. And these would lean towards more choosing the lesser of 2 evils.
For example, excessive sha chi from the external sources.
View with hostility
In urban city areas where apartment buildings are aplenty, there’s always a high possibility that even dreamy balcony can be exposed to a view of hostile structures such as pylons, water tanks, power cables, etc.
These are structures that creates very strong negative energy. And it enters directly into your house via the balcony if you are indeed afflicted.
In such cases, creating a garden in the balcony can shield the house from the poison arrows with the plants and small trees acting as a barrier to entry.
While this can cause a conflict of the energies if this is set up in the southwest or northeast, it would still be a lesser evil compared to being under constant attack from hostile external forces.
With the help of a feng shui expert, your can also minimize the negative impact from having the garden in the balcony.
However, if you are living in an apartment home where there’s a window to the balcony, then setting up other types of remedies for defense against the external sha chi can be sufficient.
This protects the home, but also avoids the conflict of energy between wood and earth.
In some way, it is similar to why plants at the front door are often recommended to homeowners.
This is because these directional spaces have a strong base of wood element.
The east in particular is the home of the dragon, and the irregular shapes of plants can erect the presence of a green dragon to bless the household with good fortune and good health.
It would be even more ideal if the east is on the left side of the apartment facing or the left side of the main door.
This is due to the left side being the original space meant for the azure dragon in the theory of land forms and 4 celestial creatures.
Take note that we are not referring to the dragon zodiac here. We are discussing dragons in feng shui.
Garden as a cure
There are a lot of methods used in feng shui to remedy or cure harmful energy attacking a home.
In some scenarios, a garden at the right place (such as the balcony) can act as an elemental cure to subdue these harmful energies.
These circumstances usually prop up when negative energy is coming from a northern direction.
This is because the energy base from this direction would be water. And wood energy harnessed from the garden would exhaust the strength of the sha qi.
Another situation might be when there is a flying star 1 that has gone rogue. This is uncommon since star 1 is a white star that is generally auspicious. However, when it’s afflicted, wood energy has to be used to weaken it’s strengthen to cause chaos.
However, since the white star is usually a good star, one should only use wood to control it when assessed by an expert.
In Chinese astrology, bazi and purple star are the most widely practiced form of destiny analysis.
Bazi in particular, can sometimes deduce that an individual requires more wood element to achieve balance in his or her metaphysical make-up.
In this case, some feng shui practitioners can suggest that flowers and plants are placed to enhance the wood energy of the premises.
For example, a person with a weak Jia daymaster born in the season of autumn would be strengthened by the element of wood. Thus, having more plants in his or her surroundings can help to boost the strength of the self-element and enable the individal to take on more wealth luck.
So those with these two zodiacs would reap the most benefits with the presence of gardens, Particularly when they are situated at the northeast or east sectors of the home.