Four elements within a garden
Gardens feel complete when all four elements — water, earth, air and fire — are incorporated into the design.
Water is easy element to add to garden — a water-filled container with water plants, fountains (wall or free-standing), waterfalls, ponds or pools. Running water is the soothing element in the garden, relaxing the mind and releasing tension.
Because gardens have soil, either in containers or in the ground, finding the earth element is simple. In larger spaces, land art or earthworks is the earth element in a sculptural form. Earth grounds.
Adding the air element tastefully into garden is a little trickier, but some intriguing kinetic sculptures have started appearing in the garden market. Of course, you could use tall grasses. Grass, which sways with the slightest breeze, is nature’s own kinetic sculpture.
Fire, brings people together. It’s been the centre of social gathering since early times. Firepits, candles, lanterns and barbeques are all fire elements. I recently came across an new innovative sculptural fire element: Absolute, the fireburner by Decorpro. Made from high-tech metal, the long cylinder burns with a clean flame. Isn’t it just divine?
Image of Absolute fireburner, courtsey of Decorpro
With all the elements together, the garden feels complete, even if you really don’t know why. It’s almost magical.