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 5 tips to plan a place in your garden where you can take a break, surrounded by fragrance to relax your mind and body.
1) Choose an area that you can make feel a little enclosed - maybe close to a wall or a fence or under a mature tree - to create the feeling of a ‘retreat’.
2) Use a structure to give a defined space and enable you support planted climbers and to surround your seating for more privacy- for year round colour and scent suggested climbers are:
Winter jasmine (jasminium nudiflorum)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera Serotina)
Climbing roses (e.g. Rosa Gertrude Jekyll)
3) Think about the space you want to create - a bower would be perfect in a smaller garden tucked into a quiet corner or where there is room for a gazebo or pergola you may be able to include a table or even a lounger in your plan.
4) Think about the approach to the area - an 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 with the whole year in mind - 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 Pea, (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!