This year’s outdoor living trends have an emphasis on calmness and wellbeing. A garden sanctuary is a peaceful retreat that offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you live in a big city or small town, you can create a garden sanctuary at home.

Add relaxed seating

Comfortable outdoor furniture is a great way to add to the enjoyment of spending time in your garden. Garden sofas, chairs, loungers, hanging chairs and hammocks all provide a comfortable place to unwind. Choose furniture that is easy to maintain and clean. Seating with all-season cushions add to your comfort and can be used all year round.

Garden Furniture
Image courtesy: Firmans Direct Ltd.

Create an enclosed space

A vital part of a garden sanctuary is having a private place to hide-away and relax. Creating an enclosed space makes us feel protected by our surroundings. This can easily be achieved by adding an arbour to your outdoor space. An arbour with trellis panels is perfect for growing climbing plants, so you can surround yourself with greenery and fragrant flowers.

If you are overlooked by neighbours, consider installing a tall fence and covering it in climbing plants for a verdant look. Alternatively, plant hedges and tall trees for more privacy.

Garden Arbour
Image courtesy: Forest Garden

Water Features

The sound of water can have a calming effect. Not only does it create a relaxing soundscape, but it also adds a beautiful focal point. It is also a great way to attract wildlife to your garden. From extravagant water fountains to small koi ponds, there are many options to suit everyone.

Garden Water Features

Fragrant florals

Create a feast for the senses by planting fragrant plants and flowers. Studies have shown that plants and flowers with alluring aromas help to reduce stress levels and have a calming effect. Surround yourself with the beautiful scent of roses, lavender and jasmine for a truly serene atmosphere. The colourful blooms are also stunning to look at and a great way to attract a variety of wildlife.

Not only that, but caring for plants and flowers is also wonderful for your mental health. Nurturing plants and seeing them grow creates a sense of achievement.

Roses
Image courtesy: Haryad Ali

Encourage Wildlife

Watching wildlife such as bees, butterflies and birds can give a sense of wellbeing and tranquillity. Encourage your local wildlife to your garden with insect houses, beehives, bird feeders and bird baths.

Butterfly Barn with Painted lady Butterfly
Image courtesy: Wildlife World

Ambient Lighting

Adding ambient lighting to an outdoor space creates a relaxed and cosy atmosphere as the sun starts to set. There is plenty of choice when selecting lights for your garden. From string lights to lanterns, solar lights to fire pits, you can choose the perfect lights for you can your garden.

Garden Lighting
Image courtesy: Randy Fath

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