Create a Relaxing Garden Sanctuary . . .
Having a garden is not all about doing. One of the most enjoyable things in life is finding a nook to sit and reflect. A garden sanctuary is vital to your health and wellbeing. A place to observe, sip a glass of wine, grab a mug of steaming coffee, a book … and just ‘be.’
“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.” – Hanna Rion
Whether you love formal, country charm, something modern, simple or rustic – in this busy life, a place to relax is essential. A spot to restore your soul, health, wellbeing and take time out.
Tips for Your Relaxing Garden Sanctuary . . .
1. Think about any issues in your outdoor area.
- Do you want to create privacy from a neighbour, street or building?
- Seek some shade in a hot climate? Or sit in a sunny spot on a cold day?
- Do you need protection from the wind or a noisy street?
DESIGN TIP: Can you move potted plants around to create shade or privacy? Tall plants may help soften the noise or act as a windbreak.
2. Consider how you want to use your space.
- Do you want to sit amongst fragrant colourful flowers?
- Reach out and grab some fresh herbs to make a cup of tea from an edible garden?
- Observe wildlife, birds, pets or animals?
- Spend time alone or with family and friends?
DESIGN TIP: Make a list of the important factors you want in your space. e.g. peace, a place to view and feed wild birds, smell perfume from flowers or read. Once these are clear, you can install a bird feeder, add potted flowers, etc. and create your garden sanctuary.
Garden Sanctuary Ideas
Even if you have a tiny space or budget, you could restore some old furniture or mix and match.
Grab a simple seat or slouch in a hammock! … Just find a place to get comfy while smelling the roses … even a balcony can squeeze in a folding chair!
Here are a few outdoor living spaces to help you consider your options. I hope they inspire you!
“There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.” – Minnie Aumonier
“A garden is a friend you can visit anytime.”
Take a Seat!
Seats for one can be just as special …
Lattice is a great material to use to create a simple design feature and additional planters can also be hooked over the horizontal timbers.
This quirky recycled number plate chair is not only a place to sit but adds character as garden art!
I just love this simple seat in the shade. It’s such an inviting space on a hot day!
These simple rustic log seats for one are a great way to recycle timber in the backyard without costing a cent.
So whatever nook or space you have at your place … take the time to enjoy it. Create a garden sanctuary. Add a little garden art, some colour, a feature plant or two and make the most of your garden.
Want more inspiring ideas? Consider some of the Benefits of Container gardening, Micro Gardening in Small Spaces and be inspired with Garden Design Ideas.
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