There is no doubt that having greenery in and around the home is beneficial. All plants extract carbon dioxide, among other gasses, from the atmosphere, converting it into oxygen for us and our pets to breathe. Additionally, the vitamin D our bodies need for good bone health doesn’t need to be delivered by way of a supplement – it’s free in the sunshine.
Some people hear the word garden and the picture of lush, green, sprawling lawns, tall trees and blooming bushes springs to mind. Others may imagine flowerpots in the windowsill with a few herbs and small flowering plants. Neither group is wrong – after all, a garden can be established in many ways, limited only by space, availability of water, and weather conditions. Today we’re going to discuss ways to create a perfect garden for your well-being.
There is no right or wrong way to design the ideal relaxation oasis; that is entirely up to you. However, we recommend bearing a few key factors in mind:
Upkeep and Available Space
Plan your garden in such a way that it fits comfortably within its allotted space because clutter causes stress. This fact applies to every aspect of life, irrespective of where you find yourself. People rest better in a tidy bedroom, enjoy their meal even more after washing the dishes, or perform work of a higher quality if their desk isn’t cluttered. The same principle applies to your relaxation area; you’re not going to want to spend time there if the lawn is long enough to hide a (metaphorical) lion, or the plants in your conservatory resemble a jungle rather than an oasis.
Feed the Soil
There will be certain times of the year that your plants may require extra care. For example, if you have a vegetable garden, it is recommendable to rotate crops, even if they are available all year round. The reason for this practice is to allow the soil to replenish its nitrogen levels. Your local nursery owner will also be able to give you sound advice as to what chemical solutions are at your disposal to get the best out of your garden. An imperative point to remain aware of is that such substances are potentially dangerous and should always be stowed securely; a dedicated garden shed or log cabin is the ideal storage solution.
Certain plants may trigger allergies. Others may attract pollinators, especially bees. If you’re prone to hay fever or allergic to bee stings, it would be prudent to steer clear of having such shrubs in your garden. A fit of sneezes or potential anaphylaxis is anything but beneficial to your wellbeing.
A prominent design trend lately is to have indoor spaces flow outdoors and vice versa. If you have a deck in your garden, you could install a trellis along the sides, beautifying it with climbing plants such as jasmine or rambling roses. This will not only allow you to spend more time outdoors, relaxing; it will also afford you a modicum of privacy should you choose to utilise it as an external entertainment space on warmer days.
With these guidelines, you’re sure to be well on your way to creating a space that will most certainly have you feeling less stressed and more productive.