Turning Your Garden into a Relaxing Garden Space*

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*This is a collaborative post*

We spend much less time in our gardens than we did ten years ago. This is a natural development as technology moves forward and we’ve got more to occupy our time. Most of us have limited free time to spend on our gardens, so they’re not exactly inviting and relaxing. We look out of our windows to mess and disorder and decide to stay indoors instead.

However, despite the many attractions of indoors, getting outside still has many benefits. It’s good for your physical and mental health, it can help you to get more exercise and vitamin D, and it can boost your mood and your creativity. So, to encourage you and your family to get outside more, why not make the most of your garden space by turning it into a relaxing paradise that you can’t wait to get to?

Clean Up

The first thing you need to do on your way to creating a paradise is give your garden a good tidy. If you don’t spend much time in it, it could be overgrown, messy and home to unused toys and tools. Spend some time stripping everything back before you do anything else.

Grow Things

Growing your own plants, flowers and food might seem like work, but it’s actually incredibly relaxing and a great way to clear your mind and get some exercise. It’s also exceptionally rewarding when you walk out into your garden to see the results of your hard work. You might need to visit Greenhouse Stores for a safe place to grow.

Think Of The Aroma

Different plants and shrubs have different smells, and we all have different taste. Think about what you like. Some plants might give off an aroma that you find overwhelming or difficult to be around; these are best avoided. Others, like lavender, can give off a gentle scent that helps you to relax and unwind.

Add Comfortable Seating

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When it comes to creating a relaxing space, seating is essential, and comfort is more important than style. Some modern garden chairs might look fantastic but could be uncomfortable after a while. Get comfortable garden furniture such as padded seats and outdoor sofas. You might even want to add some blankets and cushions for extra comfort.

Add Some Water

The sound of running water can be wonderfully soothing. Just imagine yourself sitting in your comfortable garden chair, breathing in the scents of your garden, a glass of wine in hand and the gentle trickle of water in the background. What could be more relaxing? Water features can be anything from a small fountain to a large Koi pond. Think about how much space you’ve got, how much you want to spend and how much maintenance and cleaning you want to do before you make a decision.

Shade

Being out in the sun is wonderful, but sometimes when you just want to kick back and relax it can be a little too hot, and of course, too much sun is bad for your skin. Add a large umbrella or even a covered area to shelter you from sun and rain on a cooler day. This will allow you to make the most of your outside space all year around.


*Contributed by Sam Jones


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