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Garden Retreat Ideas
In our quest to create a Zen atmosphere at home, we forget that we have a backyard that can be transformed into a retreat. If you have neglected your backyard for a long period then this is the moment to look for some options on how to transform it into a peaceful oasis.
When the warm season comes, you are probably eager to head outdoors but why hitting the park when you can create your own retreat at home. If you will check the condition of your yard now it is probably neglected and weedy, but with some trees and flowers, you can bring it back to life.
In order to create a garden in the back of the house, you will have to use your free time to plant flowers and trees in the back of the house.
They not only that will enhance the look of the space but they will also build in privacy from your neighbors and prevent noises from entering your property.
Make a plan
Before starting to bring furniture items and installing a lighting system you should create a plan to guide you through the process. Use your creative vision and imagine how you would want the space to look when you complete the project.
The planning and preparation stages are essential because you have to decide how much of the space will be dedicated to growing plants and how much of it will be transformed into a functional space.
If you need inspiration for deciding how the landscape of the garden will look you should check Pinterest, it is the number one source of ideas in this type of projects.
Build the foundation of the garden
Growing a garden is a project that implies the same steps as all the other building projects. You have to start with the foundation; you will need to plant some greenery that will become the evergreen structure of the lot.
Professional gardeners recommend planting Pieris japonica because it stays green throughout the year and it is easy to care and maintain. For some pops of colors, you can plant some hydrangeas.
If you have pets and you want them to accompany you in the garden, you should install a fence to contain them. If you want the fence to blend with the other natural elements from your garden, you should let it to weather.
You will have to install an outdoor lighting system
People use to spend time in their gardens when they come back from work and this means that you will probably spend your evenings there. No matter the season when you will want to use the garden as your retreat spot you need to have effective lighting installed there.
If you plan to use the garden as a workspace then you will need proper light to complete your tasks.
Fortunately, you can find on the market a complex range of fittings that can be used outdoors to create stylish but functional lighting. If you are looking for a cost-effective solution then you should install a system that features the fifth generation of LED products.
Decide the angles of illumination and shade when you create the lighting system because you will want to keep some spots in shade for the moments when you will want to retreat in nature.
Encourage wildlife to transform your garden into their home
The presence of wildlife has the surprising power to make people feel relaxed and peaceful. You should create the garden in a way that attracts wildlife to come and settle there.
You should plant flowers to have bees buzzing around during the hot days of summer, trees with feeders for birds to sing at your window every morning and ponds for fish.
Add as many natural elements as possible to attract local wildlife and to keep them in your garden, their presence will bring you joy.
However, you have to make sure that you do not allow unwelcomed guests like pests to invade your garden because they will destroy all the plants and they will cast out all the birds.
In addition, you should protect yourself from insects because they are some of the worst unwelcomed guests a homeowner can have.
The best solution for keeping insects away is to buy a bug zapper and install it in the garden. It will cover the entire garden and it will protect you from all unwelcomed insects that can bother you when you intend to spend time outdoors during nighttime.
If you want to allow bees to come during the day in the garden and pollinate the flowers, you can switch the device off and turn it on only during nighttime.
Bring furniture in
Once all the plants and trees are in their designed spaces, you should focus your attention on designing a sitting area. In order to enjoy some relaxing moments in the back of your house, you will need a place to sit therefore you will need furniture items.
Depending on the purpose of the garden, you will decide the type of furniture items you want to buy.
For example, if you want to invite guests to join you in the garden when they come by, you should install a dining set. If you intend to be the only person who steps in your retreat then you should bring furniture items that enhance your relaxation state.
You should add a comfortable couch or chair, some pillows and a blanket for chilly moments.
Considering that, you will need only two or three furniture items because you will be the only person who uses the space, you afford to invest in bespoke furniture and to design the items according to your preferences and needs.
Complete the retreat with some relaxing sounds
The final touch to creating a relaxing environment is to add some relaxing sounds. You can add a water feature to listen to the sound of trickling water.
This addition is not only calming to watch but it also brings you a state of inner happiness and peace. If you intend to use the space for meditation then you should invest in some outdoor speakers, place them in strategic places the sound to resonate around the garden.