You put crystals on your desk, beside your bed, on your altar, and even in your bra. However, have you ever thought about adding crystals to your garden? It’s a compelling way to add energy to your garden or outdoor sacred space. Let’s jump in!
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Why You Should Add Crystals To Your Garden
Not only will adding crystals to your garden infuse it with your spiritual intentions, but they can also be excellent offerings to Nature spirits or Fae. Plus, they’re pretty!
Begin by considering your intentions –
- Do you want to create a lovely space to meditate?
- Are you creating a comfortable and warm space for family and friends?
- Do you want to give your plants some healing energy?
- Do your plants need some protection?
Once you’ve decided on your intentions, this will help you determine what crystals to place in your garden or sacred space. Remember, you can also incorporate sigils, Sacred Geometry, Norse runes, or any other spiritual symbol that resonates with you.
Below, I’ll give you some crystal suggestions based on the five elements. However, feel free to choose whatever crystals resonate with you! Please don’t feel limited by my recommendations.
Crystals To Avoid Adding To Your Garden
Always do your research before adding any crystal to your garden! Avoid adding any crystal that can be damaged in sunlight or will dissolve in water. It’s only natural your crystals will be exposed to these outdoor elements.
For example, Amethyst’s beautiful purple color will fade in sunlight, and selenite will dissolve in water. I honestly wouldn’t recommend placing your crystals anywhere they’ll be directly exposed to sunlight for too long. Not only will their color fade, but some crystals can become brittle and break. Place any crystal in your garden at your own risk!
It’s best to avoid any crystals softer than four on the Mohs scale of Hardness because they typically cannot tolerate exposure to water.
Always Cleanse Crystals
It’s crucial to always cleanse your crystals before adding them to your garden, home, or any sacred space. Crystals are exposed to a wide variety of people and environments as they make their journey to you.
During this time, they can pick up many different energies and intentions, including negative ones. You are restoring your crystal’s vibrations when you cleanse it. This clears the crystal of all negative energy and returns it to its original frequency.
But the philosophy of modern crystal healing is based on traditional concepts borrowed from Asian cultures, most notably the Chinese concept of life-energy (chi or qi) and the Hindu or Buddhist concept of chakras, which are vortices of this life-energy, said to connect the physical and supernatural elements of the body.Live Science – Crystal healing: Stone-cold facts about gemstone treatments
Crystals For Your Garden Based on the Elements
Incorporating the spiritual energy of the five elements adds balance and spiritual harmony to your garden. However, feel free to use your intuition and place whatever crystal resonates with you and your sacred space. It’s your garden, after all, you should love what’s in it!
Fire Element Crystals
Fire is a powerful connection representing the sun and transformation. It’s also excellent for tenacity and great for struggling plants.
Obsidian is a 5-6 on the Mohs scale of Hardness. This crystal enlightens the shadowy corners of the unconscious for intense self-reflection and spiritual development. Obsidian is highly protective and shields vulnerable people or animals from negativity.
Including Tiger’s Eye in your garden encourages intuition and spiritual enlightenment. It can help coax us out of our shells, keep up protected, and attract abundance. Great for placing next to plants that are struggling to flourish or grow. Tiger’s Eye is a seven on the Mohs scale of Hardness.
Carnelian is a member of the quartz family and is excellent for boosting courage, energy, and determination. I love placing it near meditation spaces or next to seedlings. Carnelian is a seven on the Mohs scale of Hardness.
Air Element Crystals
Air is the element of fresh beginnings, anything to do with the mind (creativity, knowledge, communication, etc.), and the season of Spring. This makes it an excellent element to place near seedlings or new starts to ensure they grow strong and healthy.
Citrine is a seven on the Mohs scale of Hardness, so it’s able to get wet. However, it will lose its color very quickly in sunlight. Only use citrine in a full-shade garden area.
Like any stone associated with the sun, it helps to transmute negative energy into positive and regenerative power. Citrine is known as the crystal of joy and prosperity. It provides solar energy and supports feelings of pleasure, happiness, confidence, and gratitude.
Long-term exposure to sunlight will cause sapphires to show slight traces of fading. Sapphire is a seven on the Mohs scale of Hardness.
Sapphires come in many colors, including blue, pink, orange, and yellow! Sapphire is a spiritual crystal that supports mental health, communication, and inner peace; it is very beneficial during meditations. Its spiritual strength and calmness will surely be felt in your garden.
Okay, so copper isn’t technically a crystal, but it is an element with a lovely spiritual energy for your garden. Plus, exposing copper to the elements creates a gorgeous patina!
Copper carries powerful spiritual energy and helps amplify the crystals around it. It also helps reduce stress and anxiety, helping us be more empathetic and creative.
Earth Element Crystals
The element Earth represents manifestation, abundance, and the natural cycles of life. Since the element Earth symbolizes physical abundance, sowing, and reaping, it’s excellent to place alongside veggies, herbs, and edible flowers!
Quartz is a seven on the Mohs scale of Hardness and can fade or become brittle if exposed to sunlight for more than two hours.
It’s excellent for manifestation and meditation. Quartz can quickly cleanse stagnant or negative energy and bring balance and harmony to your garden.
Jasper can be exposed to sunlight, but not for too long! It’s a seven on the Mohs scale of Hardness. This crystal helps prevent procrastination and enables you to complete any garden project you struggle to finish.
It’s known as a stone of protection and grounding. Jasper also brings prosperity, abundance, and happiness.
Onyx removes stress and agitation; it’s a seven on the Mohs scale of Hardness. It’s excellent at absorbing negative energy and can help protect your garden.
Onyx is excellent for those struggling with loss. It allows you to move through the stages of grief in a healthy way and simply sits with you like a friend as you process your heartache.
Water Element Crystals
The element Water represents emotions, intuition, and healing. It’s also connected to lunar energy, so it’s excellent to plant with night-blooming flowers like Evening Primrose or Moonflowers.
Lapis Lazuli is a 5.5 on the Mohs scale of Hardness. It’s excellent for communication, cutting through the BS, and bringing the truth to life.
It [Lapis Lazuli] gently awakens the higher capacity of the mind by removing conflict between the emotions and the intellect, allowing them to work together toward healing and spiritual development.Nicholas Pearson – Crystal Basics
Moonstone is a 6 – 6.5 on the Mohs scale of Hardness. Its connection with the element water helps provide empathy, lunar energy, and taps into your personal spiritual power.
It’s truly a powerful crystal for spiritual healing, growth, and a perfect garden addition.
Sodalite creates harmony, balance, and is a 5.5 – 6 on the Mohs scale of Hardness. This crystal helps you tap into your intuition and spiritual wisdom.
It is the preeminent stone for accepting and expressing one’s gender identity and sexual orientation because it integrates an understanding of gender from the soul’s perspective.
Since the soul is neighter male nore female and has been in many bodies over many lifetimes, smithsonite can alleviate gender dsyphoria.Nicholas Pearson – Crystal Basics
Spirit Element Crystals
Also known as Aether (sometimes spelled ether), Soul, or Universe. Aristotle, who believed the Moon divided the Earth from the spirit world, is where the concept of the element Spirit first evolved. It was thought the other four elements were earthbound, but Spirit is where the divine resides.
Since Spirit differs from the other four elements, it doesn’t have specific spiritual correspondences. Use your intuition to decide what crystals represent Spirit to you! To help get you started, here’s my favorite crystal to represent Spirit.
Tourmaline is one of my favorite crystals, and it’s full of transformative energies. It’s patient, wise, and tenaciously protective. Tourmaline is a 7 – 7.5 on the Mohs scale of Hardness.
Watermelon tourmaline, which is green and pink like watermelon, is a particularly powerful love manifestation stone. Use it during meditation in your giving (dominant) hand to help you love unconditionally.Crystals For Beginners – Karen Frazier
Where To Put Your Garden Crystals
Feel free to put your crystals in whatever location resonates with you! However, here are a few suggestions to get you started!
- Create a Crystal Grid
- Place in a Bird Bath
- Around Your Favorite Meditation Space
- Pots, Planters, and Container Gardens
- Water Fountains
- Wear Crystals While Gardening
- Fairy Gardens
- Deity Statues
- Gazing Balls
- Line Pathways or Borders
- Bottom of Streams, Ponds, or Riverbeds
- Bury it in the Soil
- Hang From Your Covered Patio, Pergola, or Covered Space (lovely to catch the light with)
- Near the roots of your plants so they can directly absorb its energy
I hope this article about crystals for your garden was helpful!! Lots of love to you and remember as always…
Frazier, Karen. Crystals For Beginners The Guide to Get Started with the Healing Power of Crystals. Althea Press. 2017.
Pearson, Nicholas. Crystal Basics The Energetic Healing and Spiritual Power of 200 Gemstones. Destiny Books. 2020.