Creating the ultimate relaxing garden

A well-designed and serene garden can be a lifesaver in the midst of a busy schedule.  Never underestimate the power of just ten minutes alone in a beautiful outdoor space.  How can you create this ultimate relaxing place?  Despite what some sources might suggest, a good garden should never be a source of stress.  Simplicity and uniformity are the most important aspects.  Follow these four tips and you will be well on your way to the ultimate relaxing garden.

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Creating privacy

The first step to your perfect garden is to separate it from the outside world.  Use a trellis or lattice which will screen off your area, while still allowing a breeze to blow through.  Adding a creeper plant, like star jasmine, can help to both decorate the trellis and enclose the space.

Another option is to use a series of potted trees to create a reasonably solid green wall.  Viburnum sinensis, for example, has fairly substantial leaves and, if you start with a one meter tall sample, its height will double within a year.

Walled gardens can feel overbearing at times, but are easily remedied.  Introduce a creeper to camouflage them with foliage.  A leafy background will help the concrete walls fade into the background and create a cozier and more secluded space.

Take a seat

When designing a comfortable and relaxing outdoor area, garden furniture is your best friend.  Your options are endless.  Looking for an outdoors lounging area to entertain?  Choose portable furnishings, such as ottomans, low side tables and oversized cushions.  Want a relaxing and private place to read and nap?  Set up a hammock and place a side table nearby for drinks, snacks and books.  Even if your garden lacks suitable trees, you can easily find a hammock stand from many online retailers.

Make sure to invest waterproof protection for your furniture.  You can save some money by positioning tables and chairs by trees.  However, for an exposed patio invest in a large weatherproof kist.  This can also double as a storage unit for throws and cushions.

Smell the roses

When picking shrubs, flowers and groundcovers, choose a simple color palette of just one or two colors.  This will help to create a more harmonious appearance.  Simplicity is key.  Aim for fullness without clutter.  Frame your more scenic views with taller plants on each side.  You can even add a climbing vine, such as trumpet vine, which will attract hummingbirds and butterflies.  Attached to a trellis, this will create a beautiful visual effect.

Be careful when choosing your plants.  Soothing plants like thyme, lavender and mint can add great texture and fragrance to your beds.  Avoid any plants, such as peonies, that may attract ants and other irritating insects.

And for the final touch…

You can finish off a calming environment by adding a few small touches.  Pick cushions and throws in soft outdoor fabrics.  Be sure to choose colors that match your flowers to help bring the garden together.  Yes that’s right, you need to make sure that your garden