Studies show that immersing yourself in nature is great for promoting concentration, creativity, and relaxation. Often at times with all the commitments we have and all the unexpected events that pop up in our lives we can be left feeling worn down and stressed. It can feel difficult to recharge and to get away from our problems while we remain in our homes or offices, the settings where much of our work and worry can take place. That is why having an outdoor oasis in the form of a garden can do wonders for our health and well being, allowing us to accomplish more in our lives. Gardens are also a great place for self-expression as we can be creative with the aesthetic we choose to cultivate through the plants, seating, pathway, and patio arrangements we choose. Do yourself a favour and have a little fun in making the perfect garden for relaxation with these tips. You deserve it!
Outdoor dining is a wonderful way to spend sunny morning or a balmy evening. It can be highly relaxing to enjoy a cup of tea in alone your garden and listening to the birds sing. Sharing a meal with those you love while immersed in nature can also enhance your sense of community with each other. As for the dining arrangement itself, it’s best to opt for natural colour tones. Stone or wooden tables and patios are great for blending with the surroundings. Other options include a white cast-aluminium table, wicker seating, or Adirondack style furniture. We love this garden too because it displays natural toned furniture and a beautifully stained deck. Arranging the dining space in a corner will make it feel cosier, and surrounding it with plants will add the right element of lushness.
To truly get the most out of your outdoor garden, it’s best to have somewhere comfortable to sit and relax. Aim to put your comfy seating in a place that receives both sunshine and shade throughout the day. If you can, include a few chairs in a half circle so that you and your loved ones can easily socialize with each other and enjoy the lovely views at the same time. Wicker chairs with large cushions like these are a great option because they are lightweight and can be moved to the most optimal spot in the garden depending on the time of day. Comfortable seating can also be conducive to taking a restorative snooze in your garden or curling up with a blanket and a good book. To best enjoy the space you create it’s crucial that the seating is comfortable and inviting enough to coax you out of the house on a regular basis.
Creating a cosy place for gathering is another wonderful way to utilize your garden to achieve its full potential as a place for relaxation. The watching fire is an age-old means of encouraging a meditative sense of focus. The warm glow will bring about peace and cause you to feel trust and connection to those with who you share the experience. It is an ideal point at which to come together. There are lots of varieties to choose from when it comes to selecting the right fire pit for your garden. You can easily find the right size to match the proportion of the space as well as your seating arrangements. You can also go with a more permanent, built-in pit or a mobile one as we see in this garden set up by Junor Arquitectos.
The path is an important element of discussion in terms of creating a relaxing garden space. This is because you want it to be functional and well kept, yet you don’t want it to be too invasive in the natural surroundings. So keep the path simple and neutral. A minimal stone or concrete path can do the trick. Our favourite for a relaxing garden au naturale are to opt for steppingstones like these. They create an almost mystical aesthetic that you don’t find in more industrial settings that you might associate with the work place. Thus they can help to bring about a transformative vibe will help you to feel like you’re stealing that needed escape from the daily hustle and bustle. An important tip, however, is to keep the pathway neat and not to let it get overgrown. This could distract you, and simply remind you of another chore you need to add to your list.
If you plan to use your garden in the evenings, it’s essential that you get some lighting that suits you. Go with gentle light that maintains some of the soothing calm of dusk. Lanterns or torches are a good for illuminating the outdoors with natural light, which is conducive to relaxation and can go nicely with an accompanying fire. Decorative lighting should also be on your list of considerations. These sparkling orbs are absolutely gorgeous and provide the right natural glow to complement the purple evening hues in this garden. Another thing to note about this garden is that building a canopy like this one over your patio and allowing vines to grow on it is the perfect way to provide shade.
Finally, we can’t talk about gardens without discussing which plants to choose! As touched upon in the tips about pathway upkeep, it’s best to keep your garden orderly and not overgrown. Other than that, there are really so many choices in the realm of selecting the right plants for your garden. Maybe you’d like to bring wildlife into your garden. If so, you can designate a patch for wild flowers to grow. Perhaps you want to plant a vegetable garden that also includes medicinal and culinary herbs. The plans in your garden ought to cultivate a calming ambiance, so varieties that make you happy and put you at ease should go in your garden. This Japanese garden is a wonderful example of brining together a variety of plants to create a Zen appeal. Imagine how nice it must be to sit on the bridge and reflect in the safety of this beautiful garden.
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