The garden should be that one spot of the house that’s the home away from home. It’s your chance to find some peace and quiet surrounded by all the beauty of the great outdoors without having to share the space with anyone else. However, if your garden isn’t doing it for you right now, that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t. You might need to make a few changes, but anyone can find the sanctuary they need in their garden.
Give yourself some room
If you don’t really have any room to relax in the garden, then it’s obvious why it’s not doing its job for you. We love the feeling of grass beneath our feet from time to time, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the most comfortable experience, especially if you want to spend longer periods of time out there. Instead, look at making more livable space by investing in a deck or a paved patio can give you a more comfortable place to spend your afternoons and early evenings. It’s even entirely possible to build your own decking if you’re willing to get more hands-on with it. Just choose the placement area well. You want to make sure you choose a spot of the garden that sees plenty of sun during the summer.
Those livable spaces, once you’ve put them in place, need more than just decking or patio stones in order to be as inviting as possible. It’s worth investing in real outdoor furniture if you plan on making more regular use of the garden. When choosing garden seating and other furniture options, make sure you’re considering the specific needs of the area. Is it a material that will stay comfortable if it’s colder outside? Is it resistant to the elements? Does it have removable cushions or upholstery to ensure that it doesn’t get soaked when the rain starts? Can you store it away easily if the weather gets even worse? These are the questions you need to ask of every piece of furniture you choose for your garden.
Make a hobby of it
Perhaps your idea of relaxation isn’t just sitting around and enjoying the sights. Perhaps getting more hands-on is what’s going to keep you happy. If that’s the case, then getting into gardening as a hobby can be much more rewarding than you might think. For one, you benefit from a constantly neat garden. You can improve the aesthetic even more by spending time and effort cultivating the most gorgeous flower beds. You can even benefit by buying seeds to grow your own food, reducing the costs of your grocery bills and enjoying a greater sense of accomplishment with every meal. Hobbies are fantastic relaxation tools so it’s worth seriously considering if gardening could be yours.
Go with the flow
There are specific additions you can make to the garden that make it a much more tranquil place to be, as well. We all have an instinctive affinity with nature that means being surrounded by it can have a profound impact on our mood. But water can be just as potent a de-stressing force. Water features are so popular for precisely that reason. Running or moving water features like fountains for ponds can be even more effective. The white noise they produce is a widely used stress management tool. What’s more, they work as a sound masking technique that can protect our garden from the sounds of traffic just beyond it, offering a little more privacy.
Your own world
That privacy is an important factor, too. It’s hard to relax when you feel like you’re never truly alone. Water features are a great addition, but they’re not the only one. If you don’t have high fences, consider adding them. If you do, consider making them even more effective. Greenery works, for instance. You can plant shrubs or grow vertically up your fence so they absorb more of the sound from the outside world. You can also fit acoustic tiles to exterior fences if you don’t want the hassle of even more plants to take care of. If you have a raised decking area or you’re considering building one as mentioned in the first point of the article, then you can create a “green screen” of potted plants around it to give you a little more privacy while on it, too.
Make it your nighttime retreat
Perhaps you’re more of a night owl and you could use a retreat during the darker hours of the day. If your garden feels cold and dark, it’s clearly not going to be too attractive an option for that particular need. But it’s becoming much easier to make your garden a more comfortable place to be no matter what time of day or season of the year. There are plenty of garden lighting options that you can hang from the walls, erect from the ground, or attached to decking. Patio heaters and fire pits can provide all the warmth you need, too, and they’re getting more sustainable so you don’t necessarily have to worry about wasting huge amounts of energy just to make it easier to relax outside.
Enjoy your meal
Beyond giving you a place to sit and chill or to indulge in a growing gardening hobby, your outdoor space could become much more a utility of the home. Whether for socializing purposes or for your own enjoyment, creating an outdoor dining space can give you the perfect place to enjoy a meal, especially in the summer. The furniture tips shared above still apply when buying tables and seats, of course. Make sure you give your food plenty of shelter, too, whether it’s with retractable awnings from the home or a patio roof.
Whether you prefer relaxing alone or blowing off some steam with your friends, the garden could be precisely the tool you need. Follow the tips above and ensure you end up with that outdoor haven that allows you just the right balance of escape and immersion in the outside world.