A garden is not just something to look at, its a place to spend time in, entertain, enjoy, connect with nature and can have many physical and psychological therapeutic benefits of outdoor spaces.
Having an outdoor living space that is reaching its full potential can even help people suffering from stress, anxiety or depression and helps us break away from the challenges of daily life.
Here are some quick tips to create a feel good garden;
Use water as the go-to focal
Water is a go-to focal point for a wellbeing garden and can be extremely soothing for the mind, body and soul. This can be flowing water or even still. Still water focal point can be just as therapeutic as the sound of moving water. Still water can create the impression of a bigger space because of its reflections.
Inject colour for vibrancy
Colder colour tones such as blues and whites are not just great for wellbeing. Bright colours such as yellow, orange and purples are linked to positivity, happiness and relaxation. Bright, vibrant colours also create interest. You can inject colours through your choice of flowers and plants.
Create ‘a space’ to sit
Your garden provides an opportunity to escape daily life and connect with nature which is extremely beneficial for well-being. There is no point in standing in a lovely garden and being uncomfortable. There is no better way then to unwind, then to look up through the trees and watch the clouds pass. It’s a form of meditation – it slows you down and helps you unwind.
Grow flowers that attract bees and butterflies
By incorporating planting that welcomes wildlife, your garden will become be a hive of activity. The best herb varieties for encouraging bees and butterflies are those from the Lamiaceae family, such as lavender, mint, rosemary, thyme and sage. Oregano also encourages Tortoiseshell and Peacock Butterflies. As well as being readily available, these varieties are low maintenance and easy to keep.
Avoid straight, geometric paths
Direct, geometric paths, where people feel forced to go from A to B can make people feel stressed. It needs to be much more natural and organic in form, so people can move through a space at their own pace without feeling stressed. Curvy lines are a favourite of ours!