No matter how big or small, an outdoor space can be a great place to unwind, relax, and get some peace. But, only if your garden promotes relaxation. If it’s currently busy, cluttered, and a bit of a mess, it might not soothe you in the way that you’d like.
Fortunately, there are some easy ways that you can turn even a small yard into a more tranquil space, where you can chill out and destress. Here’s a look at some of the best.
Plant Some Trees
Many older homes have sprawling gardens filled with heavy old oaks and other large trees. But, the trend has somewhat passed newer houses by. Many more modern homes have smaller back yards, and you might not think that you’ve got the space for trees.
Even in a small yard, adding small trees can help turn your busy garden into a soothing paradise. There’s something about looking out on trees that takes us away from our homes and stresses and brings to mind thoughts of peaceful walks in the country and beautiful scenery.
If you want to relax and take some time for yourself outdoors, you need somewhere comfortable to sit down, or, even better, give yourself several options if you’ve got space. A bench that looks out on the view is a fantastic place to start. You might also want a large table and chairs to enjoy meals in the fresh air and a deck chair so that you can lay back and take in the world.
Consider The Weather
Ideally, you want to be able to use your garden all year round. But, it’s frequently either too hot or too cold and wet to get outside as much as we’d like for most of us. Taking the weather into consideration when making changes to your garden can remove it as an obstacle to your chill-out zone. Add a canopy so that you’ve got a covered area to enjoy all year round, and consider an outdoor heater and outdoor soft furnishings. Then, make sure that some of your seating is in a shadier area so that it’s never too hot to sit outdoors with a cold drink and a good book.
Color is one of the best ways to turn any garden into a peaceful paradise. Add colorful flowers and shrubs, collect attractive planters, and paint your fences and gates bright, bold colors instead of dull browns and dark greens.
Make It Easy For Yourself
Some people love to garden. Others find the very idea of maintaining a garden stressful. If you don’t enjoy gardening, having a pretty garden that requires lots of maintenance won’t help you chill out. So, find ways to keep it simple with hardy plants that need very little care, weatherproofed furniture and fences, and even fake lawns.
Spending time outdoors is a massive mental health boost, and creating a garden that inspires a calm mood and encourages relaxation can help you do it more often and make the most of your outdoor space. With the right additions, even a small urban yard can feel more tranquil.