Sit back and relax...



In our modern lives we are constantly bombarded with stresses but when it all gets a bit too much it’s nice to have somewhere you can totally relax, a calm place where you can escape from all the noise. Gardening in itself has been shown to be very beneficial for wellbeing and mental health, with many of the show gardens at RHS Hampton centering around these themes. It gives us a chance to connect with our environment, it’s great exercise, it gives you something to look forward to, it’s a chance to be creative and it’s so rewarding to see all your hard work pay off.

Creating a calm and relaxing garden is a great way to encourage yourself to spend more time outdoors and will give you the perfect space to take a time out from all the hustle and bustle. Keep reading for our top tips on how to create a tranquil garden.

Encourage wildlife
What’s more relaxing that hearing the song of birds or watching tiny butterfly wings flap around the garden in a flurry of colour? There's plenty you can do to encourage wildlife into your garden including planting wildlife attracting plants or providing them with food and shelter.
Luytens Bird Swing Seat Feeder- https://hayloft.co.uk/product/lutyens-swing-seat-feeder/su07o18
This adorable bird feeder is great for encouraging small birds into your garden. You'll want to spend hours just watching them tweet and chirp around!


Butterfly Habitat and Butterfly Food- https://hayloft.co.uk/product/butterfly-habitat-and-butterfly-food/su09a18
This butterfly house gives butterflies a place to feed and gives non-migratory butterflies a cosy over-wintering home too. The kit also comes with butterfly food which gives them a valuable source of nectar. On a summer's day, just watch as the butterflies flock to your garden.

Create a quiet area to sit
You can make the most beautiful garden in the world but if you can’t sit in it and enjoy it then what’s the point? Find a peaceful nook of the garden to place a chair, bean bag, hammock or sofa ready for you to sit back and relax in.

Add some fragrance

Scent in a garden can also be really relaxing and many plants are renowned for their calming scents.
Lavender Essence Purple- https://hayloft.co.uk/product/lavandula-essence-purple/pt125h19
The scent of Lavender has been used for many years to help reduce stress and improve sleep, often being used in perfumes, bath products and balms. Give this Lavender Essence Purple a try! It's a compact variety so works well in pots and flowers all summer long. 


Jasmine Stephanense- https://hayloft.co.uk/product/jasmine-stephanense/yp230c19
Jasmine, like Lavender, is also used for its essential oils and is known for both its calming and uplifting effects. This Jasmine Stephanense is a wonderful climber with fragrant light pink star-shaped blooms. Utterly beautiful!

Clear clutter and keep it simple

Your garden should be a haven, so declutter and keep it simple. If the first thing you see when you look out at your garden is a stack of bikes and piles of rubbish, you’re simply not going to want to spend time in it.

Use calming colours

Just like smells, colours can also affect how we feel. If we want to feel happy and joyful, we might choose orange and yellow flowers but to give a calm feel, opt for pastel colours, particularly blues. Try one of these suggestions- 
Phlox paniculata Cool Waters- https://hayloft.co.uk/product/phlox-paniculata-cool-waters/br26d17
Phlox Cool Waters is a great addition to any garden. Large flowerheads in cool white and pastel pink smother the foliage all summer long, producing a sweet scent and enticing passing bees and butterflies too!

Delphinium Sky Blue with White Bee- https://hayloft.co.uk/product/delphinium-sky-blue-with-white-bee/yp188h17
Blue is the ultimate calming colour, soothing and serene, so this Delphinium is an excellent choice when creating a relaxing garden. The flowers are also great for cutting to put in vases, so you can bring the outdoors in. 

This sunny weekend is the perfect time to get started transforming your garden into your own peaceful haven. Let us know how you get on!

Happy gardening Haylofters!


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