How to create that peaceful garden retreat

Garden health

There are times when we all need to escape the hustle and bustle of modern living. And the fact that many people’s gardens serve as an extension of their homes, makes them the perfect place to unwind, clear their thoughts and take it easy.

Here are our top five tips to help you create that perfect garden retreat:

1. Add some privacy

Secluded spaces that are hidden away from the on looking outside world are the perfect places to de-stress. Use trees, fences, hedges and walls to add privacy to your garden and block out anything or anyone that’s trying to look in. Alternatively, if you don’t want to enclose your entire garden, consider building or buying a small summerhouse.

2. Add some relaxing sounds

A set of small outdoor speakers is a great way to pipe some soothing sounds around your garden. If you prefer a more natural sound, strategically placed wind chimes and pieces of bamboo can provide the desired audio effect.

3. Add a water feature

Water features, such as small ponds with fountains or garden waterfalls, are not only relaxing to watch, but they also provide the wonderful sound of trickling water. Just be sure to adjust the flow of water so that you’re happy and it’s relaxing not gushing.

4. Add some fragrant scents

It’s a fact that pleasant smells put us in a good mood. That’s why fragrant garden scents are a must when you’re trying to create a relaxing environment. Use fragrant herbs like rosemary and thyme, as well as sweet-smelling lavender, clematis and honeysuckle to fill your garden with positive smells.

5. Encourage more wildlife

Whether it’s fish in a pond, bees on your flowers or birds on a bird feeder/bath, wildlife makes us feel good. Add as many elements as you can to attract local wildlife into your garden and keep it there going forward.

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