The importance of having a nice garden can’t be underestimated. Consistently proven to improve not only the value of a person’s home, but their overall well-being, a good garden can mean a better lifestyle for all who have one. Many people are daunted by the idea of landscaping however, as they perceive a lot of work ahead of them, and certainly, with the advances in garden design over the last ten years or so aided in no doubt by programmes such as the BBC’s Ground Force, this can occasionally be the case. It doesn’t have to be this way though, and there are a number of things that can be done simplistically, giving you that much needed space in which you can relax and unwind after a hard day at work.
There have been numerous articles and studies produced which aim to advocate the vast improvements gardens and gardening can have on a person’s stress levels. The mere action of spending time outside in the fresh air can dramatically improve a person’s mentality. The stress and strains of modern life mean that we, as a society, now find it increasingly difficult to get away from the work place. Getting out into the garden can take us away from this to an extent, giving us somewhere to escape to and experience the serenity of nature without having to go out into the countryside.
Growing vegetables is a great way to give yourself a personal hobby, that will give you something to do in your free time as well as providing you with exercise and healthy food. Bird tables and ponds will mean that you can experience wonderful British wildlife right outside your door – you may find yourself amazed at what you find! Ponds and water features are also a great source of tranquility and relaxation.
Make sure that you take environmental considerations into account when planning your design, and ensure that you have safeguarded against any potential dangers for wildlife. Using bright, primary colours will add a certain warmth to your garden, whereas cool, pastel colours will be more soothing. Try breaking colours into sections; and if you have a particularly large garden, you could even have specific , segregated areas for different moods.
Garden furniture such as garden gazebos, adds a perfect focal point for your garden and will give you living space that will delight your friends when you are entertaining, or just give you somewhere in which you can unwind with a glass of wine or dine al fresco after a hard day’s work.
If you live in a city, town or near a main road, try using hedge plants in order to soften the surrounding noise pollution from traffic. Plants will also help to filter harmful CO2 emissions and leave the air around you cleaner and easier to breathe.