Do you have a space at home that allows you to really unwind? Well, why not consider creating a calming oasis in your very own garden? There are many simple things that you can do to really elevate this space and if you put a few of these ideas into action you’ll be on your way to having your own kingdom of calm. Better still, when your garden architecture is combined with sustainability, it creates a natural space, which promotes your mental and physical well-being too and this is something that is becoming increasingly more important to all of us. Below you discover a few ways that can help you design a zen garden you will be able to enjoy for many years to come.
How Do I Garden Sustainably?
Sustainable gardening is about giving consideration to what is so important for us as human beings: the environment and our bodies. It consists of growing garden plants using natural products only, thus avoiding unnatural chemicals. Its benefits for us are plenty, such as being surrounded by a better ecosystem and promoting a healthier lifestyle.
How to Make Your Own Sustainable Garden
Making your own sustainable garden is a process, even if your garden area is particularly small. As with most gardening endeavours, it will require planning, and planning requires a purpose. So the first question that you need to ask yourself is: What is the garden designed for? Is it for just aesthetic reasons (which is fine), or to grow your own veggies or just to have a daily calming escape area? Whatever your wishes, you should always consider creating a zen kind of feeling that it is in harmony with yourself.
Your options are so vast. Varying on your chosen location, you can plant everything from fruit trees to vegetables and mix them with flowers for décor and fragrance. You can also use stones as well as other natural elements to create a calming and energizing space. And, in order to make sure this process is sustainable, you can use natural elements such as citronella candles to avoid pesky insects. They give off an energising citrusy scent which many people really enjoy.
How to Decorate Your Garden to Be Relaxing and Comfortable
Creating a calming environment which enhances your spirit is not necessarily expensive. It can be achieved with lots of elements already present in your garden. An example being, you can take advantage of the view from your house, by integrating it into your outdoor space. Other creative ways are:
Adding a simple water feature can totally transform your garden space and it is much simpler than you may imagine. From a fountain made from an old pot to a bespoke handmade fountain, the sight and sound resulting from running water can help create a relaxing, calming and absorbing atmosphere that will make you forget about your daily worries.
Organise your garden in a way that creates shady spots and a sense of depth, and hides unwanted views. Utilising different plant layers adds texture, visual beauty and a sense of natural surroundings. It also makes your garden simpler to maintain. Different layers can be made by mixing a low-lying sunny grass ground, with midsize plants and trees of different sizes.
Create a private space that permits you to have that necessary time to yourself and your family and friends. It doesn’t need to be really over the top, but it should be comfortable and self-contained while belonging to the wider space, as long as you feel content and it feels like ‘your’ space then that is what matters. Think of this as your hidden sanctuary. A simple way to make it could be to make a pocket with trees, and hang a hammock, or to add a lattice that creates a basic enclosure.
Rocks have often been used in Japanese culture to make Zen gardens over centuries. They are perfect for making a stylized landscape that encompasses a natural ethos. They can be varying in sizes, shapes and colours, and when combined with plants and sand, they can make paths and help differentiate your garden areas.
Furniture must bring a sense of harmony to your garden, and your choice very much depends on the space available to you. Try recycling or repurposing a basic coffee table and putting it alongside a comfortable sofa. Place both in a spot where you can easily enjoy a view or catch some sun. This space can be complemented with some comfy outdoor cushions when you have people over. You can add other features, such a wind chime to create soothing sounds, or sun loungers – if space allows for them. Importantly, don’t forget to add a nice parasol, to give you some shade during sunny days.
Lighting can help to add a nice warm glow to your garden in the evening. You could add fire, and your yard will become a place where memories are made. Other things you can consider include special lights illuminating trees and plants; and canopied lights on posts illuminating the lower garden bed. Lights are also perfect to set a path leading to your private spot.
Most types of garden lights are solar. Nevertheless, if the amount of sun your garden receives is not enough, you can always use electrical ones. Even candles can be hanged from hooks and posts, creating a unique feature. And don’t forget about Chinese lanterns, which with their cool designs can add an atmosphere of tranquillity to your garden.
Creating Your Garden Retreat
Creating your very own garden retreat with a cosy and tranquil atmosphere can be achieved with basic elements, providing they are properly combined. By adding an organic approach, your yard becomes a place that promotes health for the spirit and the body
Create a Sensory Experience
It may sound unusual, but you can create a sensory area in your garden that is a prime way to lower your stress levels. Did you know that running your fingers through or soft grass can be just as therapeutic as hugging a person? And, just as stress relieving.
To make a relaxing sensory garden, fill a big plant pot with various plants. The best sensory plants are things like furry lambs lug, different types of grasses, and anything that has lots of texture to it, just be sure to avoid anything prickly or thorny.
Turning your garden into your relaxing, tranquil oasis is a perfect weekend project. It’s calming, easy to do and does not need to take loads of effort. And, best of all, it will help to keep you relaxed and stress-free!
Wrights of Campden – Experienced Stonemasons in Moreton-in-Marsh
Would you like to create a more calming and relaxing space in your back garden? More have been spending time at home and in our gardens so why not make yours a peaceful space that you can relish taking some time out at the end of a busy day. At Wrights of Campden we are proud to offer a full range of custom garden furniture, all finished by hand and crafted from the finest natural stone. From beautiful cobbled paving to antiquity-inspired sundials, we can create a huge range of products to add charm and character to your garden.
Based in the Cotswolds, Wrights of Campden have a team of specialist stonemasons in Moreton-in-Marsh, experienced in bespoke limestone products. Our aim is to create rustic, high-quality pieces that can be cherished from generation to generation, and with decades of experience, we’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far. From fireplaces surrounded to durable garden pieces, our stonemasons in Moreton-in-Marsh, work tirelessly to create items you’ll love. Can’t see what you’re looking for? Just call our team of master stonemasons to discuss a bespoke commission. To find out more about what we do, just get in touch today.