Being outside has been proven to be hugely important for our health and wellbeing and right now many of us are appreciating our gardens more than ever.
Planning your planting, getting out to do some digging or harvesting the crops from your garden - all things to look forward to soon. But it’s also good to make time and space to enjoy a moment of peace and calm - use these five tips on how to create an outdoor living space where you can take a break, surrounded by fragrance to relax your mind and body.
1) Choose An Enclosed Area
It could a space close to a wall, or a fence, or under a mature tree - perfect to create the feeling of a ‘retreat’.
2) Use Climbing Plants For Colour & Scent
For you to support your climbing plants and to make your seating area a bit more private get a garden structure like a gazebo. If you are looking for year round colour and scent, we suggest you plant one of our three favourites between:
- Winter jasmine (jasminium nudiflorum)
- Honeysuckle (Lonicera Serotina)
- Climbing roses (e.g. Rosa Gertrude Jekyll)
3) Choose Your Space: A Quiet Corner or A Lounging Area
4) Give Your Garden A Direction
A garden arch over the path can give the sense of entering into a different ‘room’ in the garden and curving beds either side of your retreat give you the chance for more aromatic and scented planting.
5) Select Your Plants For The Whole Year
A winter tea break can be greatly enhanced by the scent of winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) or Christmas box (Sarcococca confusa) and include some aromatics such as Lavender and Rosemary that will release scent as you brush past them.
Finally include some areas where scented annuals such as sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) - an obelisk will help support them above the herbaceous planting - or night scented stocks (Matthiola longipetala) can be sown for evening fragrance after a hot summer day.
Take a break to enjoy your garden - and plan your next project!