STRESSED, feeling low, anxious or depressed? If you are one of the fortunate few who have never been blighted by this increasing epidemic debilitating our society, I am sure you all know someone who has suffered.
This may be a serious subject to broach in a gardening column, but it is apt, since gardens can soothe even the most unquiet of minds, and induce a sense of peace.
With careful and sensitive consideration you can create a garden in your own back yard that can be a haven from all of life’s stresses and strains. Here’s how:
The first consideration is to create a feeling of safety - that is, security and shelter - in the garden through privacy. Utilise trees, hedging or climbers on trellis and seasonal additions such as a parasol or for a more contemporary look, shade sails. Personalise the space with plants and/or objects that evoke positive memories from childhood, holidays, friends or family. It will give you that all-important sense of belonging.
Keep it simple, with the principle of “less is more”, regardless of size or space. Narrow down your choice of plants, be they shrubs, herbaceous perennials or annuals, by selecting a theme or style and keeping to that as your framework. It will have a significant impact on future maintenance.