Earlier this year, we shared the basics on starting a produce garden through the post ‘Growing Your Own’. The article tackled the things that you need and which plants to grow.
This time, let’s look at improving your garden’s ambience. After all, aside from its functionality in cultivating edible vegetation, a garden also provides space to relax in.
Make your garden more relaxing.
Add a water feature.
Water features don’t necessarily have to be grand fountains nor a artistically-designed fishpond filled with colourful Japanese koi. Top Inspirations highlighted a variety of DIY projects that add a nice watery touch to your garden. You could create a fountain from repurposed items including plant pots, wine bottles and teapots. A glass table top can be turned into an artificial waterfall, while old wooden planks could be fashioned into a water garden box. I’m sure I could get enough wine bottles for a water feature if I “asked my friends”!
Create areas for bonding.
Spending time outdoors is lovelier with family and friends, which is why many homeowners dedicate a portion of their gardens for bonding. Put some benches in so everyone can sit back and relax while admiring the natural surroundings. A swing or hammock are other great features that add a different dynamic to your garden.
Also, adding a picnic table is perfect for outdoor dining, or to be situated next to a BBQ. Picnic tables with attached seats, although not very flexible are extremely practical.
These units come in various shapes and sizes so you can choose one that goes well with your garden. The best part is, if you choose to incorporate a number of picnic tables in your garden they will be in uniform.
If you have a relatively large garden on the other hand, you could build a gazebo for special events. Similarly, constructing a small cabin makes for a more rustic detail. It doesn’t need to be a closed cabin so you can still get to enjoy those summer days in your garden.
Even after sundown, you can still unwind in the garden by installing solar powered lighting. It has long been proven to be effective in promoting a relaxing mood, even in an outdoor setup. Needless to say, an illuminated garden creates a more calming atmosphere.
Combine lights with décor to achieve an even better looking garden. For instance, Country Living suggests using fairy lights in different ways to illuminate your garden at night. You can attach them to poles or trees. Old ladders may also be joined together to build a pergola-like structure that can hang lights. All you need is a little imagination to turn your garden into an intimate outdoor area.
Add native plants.
This last bit is perhaps the most important given that native plants also contribute to the whole environment, as explained in an article by Michigan State University. That said, native plants could greatly improve the ambience in your garden by attracting more wildlife like butterflies and birds. Your garden will be inviting to these creatures, as they’re more familiar with plants that have been growing in the region for many years.
Of course, each plant has its own corresponding methods for upkeep so be sure to learn as much as you can about your plants whether native or imported. And given that the current summer season is hotter than usual, it’s important that you water them as often as you can.
If you don’t have a lot of time to tend to your garden especially during weekdays, you can get gardening equipment that can do the job effectively and efficiently so you won’t need to stay in your garden longer than necessary. For instance, Screwfix details a number of garden hoses and watering systems that are ideal for using in the garden during the summer months. Some of the tools listed, such as the Programmable Digital Water Timer means you can water your plants and garden throughout the day without you physically being at home.
Getting the right tools not only makes gardening easier, they also allow you to provide the best care possible for your plants. At the end of the day, a lush and healthy garden emanates the most tranquil vibes.
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To sum it up, placing simple additions like a small water feature, picnic table, lights and native plants can go a long way in terms of making your garden more inviting and relaxing. If you want to read more gardening stories filled with valuable lessons, don’t forget to follow my Garden Diary series starting with ‘Reclaiming the Wild’.