When it comes to relaxation techniques in the garden, perhaps we should take a tip from the Japanese. Their style builds peace and calm into every space, and they create a haven from the world. Just because you live in a suburban home doesn’t exclude you from such a space; you just need to adapt their style and introduce a few new features. Then you will be able to turn your backyard into a relaxing hideaway from the rat race.
Let’s take a look at a few ways to achieve this idyllic goal. It might not be as difficult as you think.
Enclose The Space
The first job is to erect a fence around your garden. It should be tall and solid so that you can stay away from prying eyes. For speed and ease of installation, you could use chain link and tie some bamboo or grass screens to it. That isn’t the way I would do it, but if you have a tiny budget, it might be your only option.
Most gardens benefit from the look and sound of flowing water. If you have room, build a stream from one end of the garden to the other and include a couple of small waterfalls if you can. You will need to bury a sump at one end of the garden and install a pump to send the water back to the start of the stream. You can introduce a compact water feature to a tiny space. There are thousands on the market; some come with integral illumination.
A Place To Chill
Look at the range of hot tubs in Bath and decide on which is best to add a modern twist to a traditional space. Why not indulge and pamper yourself at the end of a long and stressful day; you deserve it.
A Place To Contemplate
I love the way the creator of the garden in the image replaced the water with gravel. It is a beautiful addition to the landscape. Zen gardens feature expanses of stone chips or tiny pebbles that you can comb into patterns. The Activity gives you a chance to be alone with your thoughts and to shed the mental stress that builds up in your life. Add a few ornaments rocks or enhance the space and to use in the designs you create. It is an endless exercise that can bring your blood pressure down and move you into a calm state.
There are outdoor speakers available that allow you to pipe music or natural sounds into the garden. Maybe one day you could enjoy exotic birdsong and the next it could be the sounds of the jungle.
Add comfortable seating at various locations around the garden so that you can enjoy the different views. Think about a place in the sunshine and another in the shade so that you can enjoy your backyard whatever the conditions. A small canopy will protect you from the showers if you can find a spot for one.
Some gardens are places for social activity, and others are private havens. Which one you choose will depend on your needs and lifestyle. It is good to know there is something for everybody.