Health and Wellbeing gardens are growing in popularity, with the introduction of RHS Feel Good Garden, The Lemon Tree Trust Garden and The Weston Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show this May.
But just how difficult is it to create your own Health and Wellbeing garden? Here are some easy steps to help you along on this interesting path… but first, you need to leave your mobile phone in the house!
Take a seat
It is important to have a relaxing space in your garden and to take the time to appreciate all of the hard work that you put into it. So if you can, make sure that you have a quiet corner away from all of the hustle and bustle that family life can bring. There you can sit and simply enjoy the garden, maybe even kick off your shoes and place your feet bare on the grass, which is a trick that is supposed to help you feel more grounded.
Create soft curves, not harsh lines
Straight, orderly lines can provoke feelings of regimentation and discipline unconsciously, therefore, try to avoid having straight paths and walls where possible, instead use wandering paths, circular pathing, and foliage instead of fences, which will feel more natural to you as a human being and allow you to naturally meander around your garden.
Plant fragrant herbs
Eastern medicine recommends that breathing in the aromas of herbs cures many ills, and the relaxing properties of lavender and camomile are well-known. Lavender is from the Lamiaceae family of herbs which attracts butterflies and bees, these are always a pleasure to observe and good for pollinating your garden. Alternative herbs in the Lamiaceae family include mint, rosemary, thyme and sage. Even the smallest garden can accommodate a pot of herbs, so why not plant some and sit by them at dusk when their scents are at their strongest.
Plant bright flowers
Research indicates that brightly coloured hues are brilliant for lifting the mood and spirits, so don’t stick with cooler colours just because they are good for relaxation, but plant some vibrant reds, yellows and oranges too. Perennials are native to England and very attractive to bees, so they would help you play a part in helping our pollinators and they are also known for their ease to grow.
Have a water feature
The trickle of a fountain or feature with running water may not feel relaxing to everybody, but a still body of water such as a pond is actually a great place to relax and reflect.
While the psychological benefits of spending time in the garden are fairly well recognised, it is important to remember that if there are less chemicals used in the garden, this will be better to your physical health, particularly if you grow your own vegetables. This would obviously help towards the future environment too. There are many resources that can help you to keep your garden chemical free. It is even possible to purchase organic, peat free compost and soil containers made using recycled waste, click here.
It is important for our future health to be environmentally friendly, and these days it is easier to do so. Many people may use an old watering can to grow plants in, and the more creative gardeners may craft their own garden furniture from recycled materials, but for the less inventive of us, recycled garden furniture and tools can be bought easily online. The folk at Hen and Hammock have some great ideas.