Is your garden currently more of an urban jungle than a peaceful oasis of calm? It doesn’t have to be that way. With just a little money and a bit more effort, you can transform even the messiest, noisiest garden into an oasis of calm.
To help you out, here are some top tips to create a more peaceful garden:
Clean it up
Have you ever noticed that when your home is a mess, you find it difficult to really kick back and relax? It’s the same in the garden. When you’re sitting out there trying to get some peace, your eyes will be drawn to the weeds, that old fridge that you haven’t taken to the tip yet and that overgrown patch of grass you just didn’t have the energy to mow, and it will make you feel uneasy. You will start thinking about how messy it all is, and you won’t be able to relax. That’s why, before you do anything else, you have to clean up the garden.
Find the source of any noise
If your garden is particularly noisy, try as best you can to locate the source of the noise, whether it be traffic or something electrical on your neighbour’s property and then do what you can to muffle it. You might not be able to get rid of ambient sounds completely, but by planting trees and hedges in the affected area, you should be able to minimize it.
Plant fragrant plants and flowers
Plant and flower fragrances have been proven to have a beneficial effect on the body, and many like lavender and chamomile are known to aid relaxation. If then, you want your garden to help you relax and feel more peace, it makes sense you plant your borders with as many fragrant, relaxation-promoting flowers, plants and herbs as possible.
Install a water feature
The sound of running water is extremely peaceful, it can help to muffle ambient sounds, and it has a proven soothing effect on the body. Take advantage of this by creating your own water feature, so that you can listen to running water whenever you like.
Add comfortable furniture
Get rid of that splintery old wooden bench and those truly awful white plastic chairs and replace them with comfortable furniture that will support your body and keep you comfortable when you’re sitting outside for a long time.
Get some wind chimes
Wind chimes aren’t for everyone. Some people find them really annoying, and they certainly wouldn’t get any peace by having them there, but if you’re one of the people who love the gentle sound of bells chiming in the wind, hanging a set on your porch will really help you to relax.
Hang a hammock
There’s something about the gentle swaying motion of a hammock that is just so peaceful. Combine that with the feeling of having the warm sun beating down on your face, and you’ll be in heaven if you hang a hammock on your property this summer.