The planning and design of your garden
can have a significant effect on your mood, health and
prosperity. Gardens are built in the house, so as to
enable a person to feel close to nature and enjoy the
serenity and calmness affected by the presence of
plants and fountains. People make gardens for their
refreshing character. Lush green surroundings help in
relaxing and restoring inner peace.
Vastu can be of
immense help in tapping such natural beauty and its
energizing qualities. The article lists some wonderful
Vasthu advice for gardens, just for you!
VASTU GUIDELINES FOR GARDEN
If there is sufficient space left after construction of house,
people generally prefer to have a small garden and few people even
prefer a large garden. Here the guidelines for the garden plants
are explained as per vastu. Since, the guidelines explained
here will enable us to be ready for the time-consuming task of
construction of a House. As Vastu is a science, there is logic and
reasoning behind every guideline. As a Vastu Expert, I have
attempted to explain these guidelines rationally and
scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow and
what you donít.
SUITABLE TREES AS PER VASTU
Some of the auspicious trees according to Vastu, that are good for
the inmates are described below along with their usefulness:
PEEPAL TREE : It has been proven that the peepal tree
produces oxygen in large amounts by the leaves of this tree and it
is found in high concentration under the branches, probably due to
the thick foliage. Hence it is considered very healthy to have
this tree in back yard of the house in west direction.
NEEM TREE : This tree has great medicinal value. Its
twigs are used to brush teeth and neem oil is used in
MANGO TREE : Most of the parts of the mango tree have
medicinal value. Itís leaves are used as a pesticide, and its
twigs are used for brushing teeth. The wood and stick of mango
tree is used for HAWAN in India. To have a fruit tree in garden
BANANA TREE : The tender leaves of the banana tree are
used for decorating doors, pandals etc, during functions and
festivals. They are used because they are considered as symbols of
prosperity and wealth. This tree has medicinal use. This tree
has a sacred value and is considered auspicious in gardens.
SUITABLE DIRECTION FOR TREES
Small shrubs should be planted on the East or North sides of the
garden, leaving the North-East direction open and free.
Tall trees should be planted in the west, south or south-west part
of the garden or plot. They should not be too close to the
building. And their shadow should not fall on the building during
9 am to 3 pm.
Large trees such as Peepal etc should not be too close to the
house as their roots can damage the foundation of the house. Their
shadow should not fall on the main building during 9 am to 3 pm.
The useful tree that can be planted in a house garden are coconut,
neem, betel, sandalwood, lemon, pineapple, bilva, almond,
jackfruit, pomegranate, mango, amla, and kaitha.
The trees that attract insects, worms, honey bees, bumble bee,
owls, serpents should be avoided in the house garden. They bring
SUITABLE PLANTS AS PER VASTU
HOLY PLANTS : Tulsi also known as holy Basil and it is
always good to have a Tulasi in the house or the garden. Tulasi
should be located on the North, North-East, or East sides of the
house, or in front of the house.
FLOWER PLANTS : In general, plants with sweet smelling
flowers like jasmine, red lotus, blue lotus etc are good in the
house compound as they give out a pleasant perfume, and can also
be used in daily worship. Flowers like the Jasmine are stringed
together and used as a decoration of the mandir.
THORNY PLANTS : The plants that have thorns should not
be planted in the garden. Cactus should not be planted at all.
Thorny plants have a negative energy. If there any thorny plan in
the garden it should be removed.
CREEPERS : The compound wall or the house wall should
not be used as support for these plants. Creepers should only be
grown in a garden, and they should have their own independent
supports. A money plant can be grown within the house.
GARDEN COMPONENTS AS PER VASTU
FLOWER POTS Ė The pots of flower should not be kept
on the compound wall as it increases the height of the
wall. Specially the wall of North, East or North-East. They should
be placed on the ground in these directions, but they should not
be taller than 3 feet and the water should not get logged under
LAWNS : In the garden the Lawns should be in
the East or the North, where a swing with north-south axis can be
WATER BODIES : A small water-fall can be constructed
in the East or the North leaving the North-East corner of the
garden. If there is a swimming pool in the garden, it should be in the
North or North-East direction. A small pond, whose water is
regularly changed, can be constructed in north. A fish pond can be
had in the west part of the garden.
BENCHES - Benches are useful in big gardens and can be
placed in the open space in the East and the North direction so
that people sitting in these directions face either east or west.
PATHWAYS : The pathways should be curvey and should not be
OTHER USEFUL TIPS FOR GARDEN
As a general rule, gardens in homes or factories should always be
in the North or West and within the confines of the compound.
Here are few simpler vastu suggestions for the garden within
the house limits:
A Basil plant is a very positive influence within the limits of a
Plants of Palm, Paraspeepal, Pakar, Sirish, Neem and Bilva, if
planted in proper direction, that is the North or the West, bring
Bilva, Madhuka and Peepal are very favourable on the West of the
Goolar is good towards the South of the house compound.
Kanakchampa,in the North brings virtues and wealth.
Coconut and Banana plants within house limits are very good for
mental peace and health.
A water pond in a favourable direction, with Lotus, brings
The entertaining unit for the children is recommended towards the
North-West of the garden.
As far as possible plantation should be avoided in the South,
South-West, North-West corners should be plant free.
Gardens in the South-East and South-West cause tensions. In
particular, large or tall plants should never be planted towards
the East or North.
No large plant should be planted exactly in the centre of a site.
Thorny succulent plants must not be grown within the house limits.
Cacti are considered very dangerous and harmful for a residential
unit. They purport to bring tensions and create fractious
The Ber plant should not be cultivated within the house limits. It
Plants of Bamboo, should never be grown within the house limits in
A swimming pool in the centre, towards the South, South-East or
South-West and even the North-West create undue events. It brings
negativity in the health of the residents.
A swimming pool is good in the East, North or even in the West.
The fountains or water ponds within a house limit should not be
built in the centre and should follow the same principles as the
placement of swimming pools. Placed wrongly, they cause problems
with respect to mental peace and health.
Fountains or ponds are very good towards the North-East. This is
also applicable to artificial springs.
Huge, heavy statues or other exhibits are best towards the West,
south or South-West.
Vaastu Tips For Garden
Garden, lawns or decorative plants should always be in the
east or the north direction. A water fall of three to four
feet can be constructed in the east or north direction,
leaving the north-east or north-west corner.
You can keep decorative plants in a garden, but they should
not be more than three feet tall.
If you want to keep swings in your garden, they should be
placed in the east or the north.
The house of your pet or a birdís nest can be located in
the north-west corner of the garden.
Sitting areas are best planned in the south and west
direction and should be facing north and east.
A garden needs to have a focal point that is visually
comforting and inspiring. It can be a fountain, fish aquarium,
rocky landscaping, statue (not depicting any form of
violence), small idol of your deity, Swastika, Om or anything
that has a pleasant look to it.
As a rule, the garden has to be kept clean and free of
litter. Make it a point to remove dry creepers, leaves,
flowers, and overgrown shrubs on a regular basis. The lawns
should be mowed regularly, as they create an environment for
the normal flow of energies.
A pathway from the front gate of the building to the main
entrance will prove to be quite beneficial. On each side of
the pathway, grow herbal plants, like basil, and flower
plants, like jasmine. A tree or plant in the middle of the
path needs to be avoided.
Fruit-bearing trees should be planted in the east direction.
A rock garden can be made in the south-west corner of the
If there is a swimming pool in the garden, it should face
the north or north-east direction. A swimming pool in the
centre, towards the south, southeast or southwest and even the
northwest needs to be avoided. It can result in unwanted
events, brings negativity in the mind of the residents and
adversely affects their health.
The fountains or water ponds should not be built in the
centre of a garden. Rather, they need to follow the same
principles as the placement of swimming pools. If their
placement is wrong, they cause problems with respect to mental
peace and health. Fountains, ponds or artificial springs are
very favorable when located in the northeast.