Outside space is so important to us these days. It’s the place in our home we go to escape, breathe in some fresh air and relax. Whether you have a large garden or small, there are so many ways in which you can transport yourself and aid your mental well-being.
From growing particular flowers to cultivating cosy corners, there’s so much to think about and so much you can do to create a space that will boost your mood.
While the winter may be drawing in now, it can be a good time to reevaluate your garden and consider some changes to not only make it a space to enjoy during the colder months, but also have it ready for when the lighter nights roll in again.
We’re always keen to improve our outdoor spaces, so here are five top tips for transforming your garden into the ultimate tranquil space.
Choose calming plants
First and foremost, plants alone can completely transform a space, with the sights and scents of them really calming the senses. There are many plants that are proven to reduce stress and promote relaxation. For example, lavender is well known for its calming scent, while herbs such as rosemary and thyme will also add a pleasant smell into the air.
Many people are creating small sensory gardens in their space these days to promote relaxation, stimulating the senses and creating tranquil little corners of the garden.
While many people have turned sheds into offices and home gyms, considering investments that promote calm are also worthwhile. Hot tubs are particularly popular with people these days, while saunas are also becoming increasingly popular as infrared variations of them become more accessible.
You’ll find a range of indoor and outdoor saunas available these days from brands such as SunstreamSaunas.co.uk offering pretty good deals on them. They can be really good for escaping from day-to-day life and releasing endorphins and promoting calm.
Install a water feature
While the sounds of a hot tub bubbling away may be calming in a sense, water features certainly provide that. The gentle sounds of water flowing can be hugely soothing, and it can create that ambient noise in which you can just drift away in.
That natural element can really generate a peaceful and calming environment and, what’s more, you can design water features to suit all spaces these days too.
While you want to make the most of the natural light during the daytime, as the sun starts to go down, you want your lighting to be warm and inviting. Festoon lighting, lanterns and small, solar-powered lights illuminating pathways can create an incredibly inviting environment.
Of course, you should avoid harsh lights, while even log burners can provide that little bit of light and warmth to make your garden the perfect space to spend an evening in.
Think about your layout logistics
Finally, the key consideration is where you’re going to put everything in your garden. Gardens may need to be multi-functional, for example if you want to allow children to play too.
For a peaceful and calming space, you want to find the quietest spot. That’s usually the furthest spot from your home or any roads that may run alongside your garden. What’s more, you may want to consider parts of the garden neighbours can potentially see and avoid placing your relaxation space in those spots. Alternatively, you may want to cultivate plants or bushes to block out that view, giving you some privacy for when you really just want to kick back and embrace the tranquillity.0