Crystals come from the earth – they are downright wonderful and never look out of place within a garden. Combining gemstones and gardening has been a long tradition and can be very rewarding. Each type of crystal is said to have a different type of power. So if you thought your garden was beautiful before, wait until you see what it looks like once the crystals have been added!
One option is the use of Glowing Garden Globes, or luminous pyramids – colourful works of art that add extra interest to your garden. Spherical ‘Gazing Ball’ ornaments have had a long history, but have now been re-invented with a twist at Solid Air Sculpture art studio in Whitstable, Kent, who has made them truly fabulous by adding a collection of amazing crystals and lights to the artwork!
Garden globes are believed to bring prosperity, health, good fortune, and protection from evil spirits. According to historical information, placing a garden globe at the home’s entrance would prevent unwanted energies from entering. After the King of Bavaria decorated the Herren-Chiemsee Palace with Garden Globes/ Gazing Balls in the 13th Century, they quickly became a common sight in European gardens. Reflective garden globes also have a practical use. When properly placed they display your entire garden on its surface and this allows the home owner to see who is visiting before opening the door.
Furthermore, there are certain suggestions given by the teachings of Feng Shui. Apparently if you place curvy sensual art, i.e. ROUND, OVAL and HEART SHAPED objects (ideally in pairs!) filled with Rose Quartz, Carnelians, Pink Tourmaline, or Pink Sapphires in the South-West area of your space, this will help in matters regarding love and romantic relationships.
Feng Shui also claims that it could be beneficial to have sinuous, curvy, irregular, free flowing objects in dark blue colour tones, filled with a selection of crystals such as Citrine, Jade, Peridots and Emerald in the North of your living area, when you want to unblock your cash flow and boost your career.
Traditionally, in interior decoration, soft warm colours based on pale yellow and orange are said to be calming, improve communication, enhance attention span and aid digestion. Golden Brown is good for grounding, balances the mind and also harmonizes thoughts. These colours stimulate conversation and add to a harmonious family atmosphere.
With their seemingly endless uses, garden (or indoor) globes add a whimsical elegance to your landscape or home décor. It also goes without saying that the internal lighting not only highlights interesting features in the stones and floral elements, but also provides your home and surrounding landscape with additional beauty. Using crystals and other precious stones for their healing energies is not just a contemporary New Age fad. Native American shamans and other healers from all around the world have relied on the powers of gemstones for thousands of years. Furthermore, a sphere is a very powerful form crystals can be arranged into, because this shape emits the same positive frequency in all directions. Many believe that…
organic rounded, domed, spherical, wavy, curvy, or circular sculptures, ideally including a spiral structure
… are the best!
According to Mike Emery @ Orgone Does Wonders: “THE BEST SHAPE FOR AN ORGONE DEVICE IS A SPHERE, or a DOME, or a cone because these shapes radiate in all directions and it is easy to feel the power coming off it. He also says, that if we spin, or dance around such spherical devices with our good intentions for all, or for a particular animal like the bees, or a hurricane, or a volcano, etc. the spinning installs our good intentions as a memory, because the spin energy organizes information.
At Solid Air Sculpture, I fill my garden globes with many different crystals , metals, flowers, light and cast them into resin. Quartz is used a lot in my artwork, as it is very stable and gives off a piezo-electric charge when put under pressure (resin shrinks when it is cured, so constant pressure is put on the crystal). Due to the fact that the elements contained within the sculpture constantly attract and repel each other, a “scrubbing” action takes place. This cleans stagnant and negative energy and brings it back to a healthy, vibrant state.
It’s a fact that throughout history, various cultures from around the world have used the energy from crystals to heal aches and pains, ward off negativity, and promote positive thinking. Using stones in healing is still popular amongst holistic minded people today, since they can be used not only for humans, but also to support new plantings and help reduce transplant shock. Different stones also represent the four different elements (earth, air, fire and water), adding extra balance and harmony to the garden. Therefore, when it comes creating a calming zone for you and your family, a Zen, or woodland garden is a great way to
reduce stress, improve your focus, and develop a sense of well-being.
The result should encourage introspection, rest and meditation.
As mentioned before, if you believe in the ancient tradition of Feng Shui, or Geomancy in the Western language, which is all about creating harmony with the land and your immediate environment, than these particular instructions could be applied to attract more Good Luck, Reputation & Fame into your life. Place the following combination in the
Southern area of your garden!
- pointy & triangular objects (pyramids)
- predominantly red & bright orange electrical lights (or candles/ lava lamps)
- (also use pink, green, purple colours)
- Stones to be used are Jasper, Carnelians and Garnets
So, if you are into creating peace and serenity surrounded by wildflowers and soft-textured plants, a natural looking
Magical Woodland Setting
might be just the thing for you! Here are some tips on how to create it:
- Small Shrubs and Trees
Azalea, Birch, Flowering dogwood, Holly, Hydrangea, Japanese maple, Magnolia
- Perennials and Bulbs
Anemone, Bleeding heart, Blue-eyed grass, Bloodroot, Calla lily, Campanula, Cast iron plant, Columbine, Coralberry, Elephant ear, Dutchman’s breeches, Ferns, Foamflower, Ginger, Goldenrod, Heuchera coral bells, Hosta, Mayapple, Phlox, Trillium, Tuberous begonia, Violet, Watsonia, Wood lily, Wild geranium
- Ground Cover Plants
Ajuga, Lily of the valley, Liriope, Moss, Vinca, Virginia creeper
A woodland design definitely provides a more relaxed and natural look to your landscape and is a real bonus, not just for song birds and wildlife, but also because many of the carefree plants that are used to make a woodland garden are relatively easy to maintain. Just top the ground off with some mulch, preferably using one that matches your natural woodlands, like pine needles, shredded leaves or bark.
For additional interest, you can add a birdbath, a bench, or other decorative features to your design. As suggested earlier, gemstones and colourful crystals can be arranged into the shape of ornamental gazing balls, or pebbles, spheres, domes and
and can be placed throughout your garden.
Pyramids are amazing structures. They fall into categories such as Quantum Physics, Sacred Geometry, Health and Well-Being, Metaphysics, Physical and Etheric Environment, Consciousness and Spirituality.
Additionally, the pyramid shape acts like a lens that focuses the Earth’s magnetism, which also creates and amplifies energy. This energy is known to generate negative ions, which can help to reproduce and repair living cells. Pyramids are also known to neutralize geopathic stress and can make seeds and plants grow healthier!
The important thing to remember when creating a Magical Woodland Garden is that it is all about being playful. So just have fun, get creative, be silly and I guarantee you that the fairies will also appreciate (and reward) your efforts. Fairy gardens are becoming increasingly popular. For centuries, the world has been fascinated with the idea that the “wee folk” live among us and have the power to spread their magic and mischief throughout our homes and gardens. While evidence of the existence of fairies is slim, adding such elements to our own gardens is a way of participating in this centuries old tradition of trying to please the spirits and gain their favour.
Smaller gemstone crystal garden décor can be used in bird baths, fountains, or succulent container gardens.
You can also use crystal chandeliers, or similar things hanging from tree limbs, overhangs, pergolas, etc., or they can be used to mark out trails or beds. Place them in a decorative pattern around or throughout your plot and create a shimmering border around the perimeter of your garden where the sun can hit them, casting patches of dancing light around the garden.
Butterflies will use the shiny reflective surface to help warm themselves and dry dew off their wings.
Placing any such sculptures amongst your flowers beds, or plants has the potential to instantly improve the overall appearance of your garden, so make sure your garden turns heads and choose gemstones with colour that complement their surroundings! Don’t hide the beauty of your crystal sculptures by tucking them underneath the plant or putting them in the ground. Instead display them on the surface next to the plant!
Although green stones are most often used to represent the earth and in garden healing, you can use any stones that you feel a special connection to, or that you simply just like! If you need help with the decision making, Feng Shui suggests to display a collection of stones in the South East area of your garden that are
GREEN, PURPLE and RED
such as Jade, Garnets, Carnelians, Amethysts, Agates, Iolite, Jet, Mica and Tiger eye – since they attract money and are good for general abundance and prosperity.
Essentially, the key to channelling the energy of crystals is choosing the right one for your garden’s needs. For example, Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Tourmaline and Sodalite add healing energies to sick plants. Jaspers are known to encourage new growth. Onyx and Obsidian are recommended for tomato plants. In fact, black stones like Onyx and Obsidian reportedly confuse and repel pests. Tree agate crystal is supposed to encourage abundance, so it’s ideal for gardeners who want their plants to look fuller. If plants appear weak, the energy from green calcite can help these plants relax and regain their strength. Citrine looks heavenly when it is nestled in a bed of yellow or white flowers, whereas malachite complements pink and purple flowers.
Citrine– In tones of yellow, gold and orange, citrine symbolizes the healing energies of the sun. Available as clusters, large or small singular pieces or chips, citrine adds a cheery, yellow accent to beds or containers. Citrine promotes happiness and dispels negativity and toxins.
Clear Quartz – Clear quartz crystals are the most common gemstones used in holistic healing. This stone is valued for its high vibrations of energy, and it also amplifies energy and emotions. In the garden, clear quartz stimulates growth and promotes healing. Quartz crystals are available in small or large pieces, and can be clustered or singular, rough or polished. Their clear to cloudy white glassy surface reflects sunlight, sometimes casting rainbow reflections. Quartz also reportedly helps tomato plants resist pests and disease, such as blight.
Moss Agate – Known as the gardener’s stone, moss agate is a light green coloured stone that is beautiful polished or not. Moss agate promotes a connection to the earth and has grounding energies. It also adds balance and promotes health and vitality in the garden. Available in large to very small pieces, moss agate generally has an average rock shape. Small polished moss agate pieces or chips make wonderful accents in cacti and succulent or fairy gardens.
Green Adventurine – Green adventurine can range in color from light green to dark green. All variations of the color are vibrant. Larger stones may display a mottle of different green tones, while smaller stones can differ greatly in color and make an interesting fill for container plants, bird or butterfly baths and fountains. It also provides a less expensive alternative to jade for Zen gardens or bonsai. Green aventurine absorbs negativity and calms stress.
Tree Agate – With beautiful streaks and blotches of deep greens, white and sometimes gold, tree agate is a beautiful, eye-catching stone for anywhere. In the garden, tree agate creates calming, harmonious energies that drown out negativity. Place tree agate in meditation, Zen, or mandala gardens.
Malachite – Another green stone, malachite represents fertility and abundance. Naturally, we want our gardens to be fertile and abundant. Malachite also promotes new growth and transformation. Like green aventurine, malachite has veins of different deep, shades of green. Large raw pieces make especially unique garden accents.
Moonstone – Like clear quartz, moonstone is a clear to cloudy white gemstone. As its name implies, moonstone is associated with the moon. They make excellent additions to moon gardens, especially when accentuated with landscape lighting. Moonstone promotes fertility and health. It also adds an energy of peace and relaxation.
Rhyolite – Rhyolite is a colorful gemstone with streaks and blotches of orange, gold, green, gray, brown and more. Different variations of rhyolite are found in different regions. In the garden, rhyolite adds energies of fortitude, perseverance and balance.
Tiger’s Eye – Generally in brown, gray with veins of gold, and white, the streaking pattern of tiger’s eye looks like wood and can have a reflective, holographic effect in bright light. Tiger’s eye promotes strong root growth, harmony and success in the garden.
When gardening with crystals for their healing properties, many gardeners choose to simply place the crystals (or Orgonite) at the base of the plant so the roots feel the energy emitted from the sparkling stone. But the stones can also be planted in the soil near or under the plant roots. Alternatively gardeners have the option of putting the crystal (or Orgonite) in a shallow hole within the dirt so it can make direct contact with the plant’s roots. Another way to transfer the energy of crystals into your garden is to place them in plant food. Let the crystals remain in the plant food for 24 hours. Then you can remove them and spread the plant food throughout your garden.
Sculptures made of Orgonite can improve your plant’s health!
Most of my artwork comes in an array of colours and shapes. They offer unique accents for your home & garden and can be made to order. Please note that commission time is currently about 6-8 weeks.
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Annett Banx @ Solid Air Sculpture