Thursday, 21 April 2016

Create An Outdoor Retreat With These Handy Hints

After a long day at work or caring for your family, all you want to do is relax and unwind. Nothing is more relaxing than spending time sat outside with a refreshing drink and a good book. But if your garden is looking overgrown, chaotic and messy, it can have an adverse effect on your mood and make you feel worse. Instead of never using your garden to relax in, you can transform it into a space you can use and enjoy every day. Try these hints to create your own personal outdoor retreat that you can properly relax in.

Choose the right plants

While you might be tempted to put the brightest flowers and plants into your retreat, this can overstimulate your senses. Thus, making it difficult to calm your mind. Choose subdued coloured plants such as ferns and shrubs around your relaxation space to create a calming sensation. Add in flowers such as lavender and gardenias with pleasant aromas instead of overpowering ones. Just make sure they are planted apart from one another so as not to combine smells. Climbing plants can also be used to add privacy to your garden retreat. Install lattice boards or pergolas around the area you wish to use and plant honeysuckle and jasmine to grow and cover the area. This will provide shade and stop you being interrupted.

Add lighting

There’s no reason why you can’t use your garden to relax in during the evenings. All you need is some suitable lighting. Solar powered accent lights and stake lights are ideal for illuminating particular areas. You can place the along paths or around patios for some added interest and functionality. Tealight holders such as glass jars and metal bird cages can be hung from trees or gazebos to create a peaceful vibe. There are plenty of options to choose from. You just need to plan where you intend to put them for maximum effect.

Find the perfect chair and table

To complete your garden retreat, you need to find the perfect chair and table. Look for wooden or aluminium garden furniture online or in store that suits the style and size of your garden. You need to find an attractive chair that is comfortable to sit on such as a lounger or wicker sofa. Remember you can enhance the comfort factor with throws and pillows if you wish. The table should be a suitable height and size so you can place it near to your new chair and reach it easily. Decorate the table with outdoor candles, books, and large water jug. You won’t be able to resist sitting back and relaxing when you have these items to help you.

In the space of a weekend, you can create a tranquil space that you can use as and when you need to. You will need to keep on top of it’s maintenance all year round to ensure it remains tidy and spacious. If you don’t have the time or know-how to do this, contact a local gardening service who can do it for you. 

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