While most of us think of summer gardens as a way to produce vegetables for our family and save money in our food budget, they can also become great places to relax and commune with nature. Here are 7 Tips To Creating A Garden Oasis. Not only can you create a garden full of vegetables, herbs and flowers that will help your family eat healthier meals, you can give yourself a beautiful place to relax, enjoy the sites, sounds and smells and unwind after a long day.
Mix it up with vegetables, flowers and fragrant herbs. You don’t have to keep these things separate. Create beautiful flower beds that also have herbs growing around them or even vegetable plants interspersed to create a beautiful oasis to look at, as well as wonderful fragrances to enjoy while you relax.
Create a fun seating area. Whether you hang a tire swing from the branch of a tree overlooking your garden, invest in some quality outdoor furniture or pull up a casual lawn chair between your rows of marigolds and squash plants, it’s all about your own personal comfort. Create a place you can sneak away and relax in comfort. Style isn’t as important as your personal comfort.
Grab whimsical yard ornaments for an eclectic look. Whether it is an old bed frame, a few rugged boots or some fun garden gnomes, nothing screams fun quite like a unique yard ornament. Go old school and create your own scarecrow, or get fancy with beautiful colored spheres on brass pedestals throughout. Use your own personal style preferences to create a beautiful place to relax and enjoy your green thumb.
Add a small pond or waterfall to the mix. If you have the space and means, a small fish pond and/or a waterfall can be a wonderfully relaxing addition to your garden. Not only does it add to the overall beauty, but the sounds of running water are very soothing.
Create multi-level beds. Whether you simply add in various sized containers for an elevated experience, or create a true raised bed for your garden, elevation adds character and charm. Old wooden ladders leaned against trees with containers on each run are fun and unique ways of creating a visually stimulating aspect to your garden. Large pots housing your tomato or pea plants amongst a lovely ground covering flower or even herb garden are a beautiful and practical raised level element.
Add a makeshift cabin or shelter. Nothing is more fun than playing in a Fort when you are a kid so why wouldn’t you enjoy it as a child. Use longer branches or limbs and create a makeshift tepee style, shelter or similar in a corner of your garden. Not only does it offer you the shade from the sun, but it gives you a place that takes you back to your childhood.
Map it out and create a trail that inspires. Sit down with a sketch of your garden area and map out your plants so they create a trail around your home or the area. Mix in different colors of flowers or fragrant herbs so each section has a unique smell and feel to it. Then layout your garden by hand in a way that pleases your sense.
No matter what you plant this summer, you can easily apply these 7 tips to creating a garden oasis to give your family a fun and unique new place to relax. Not only can your garden be a place of provision for your body, it can also become a place of provision for your soul.