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.
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.
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