In these days of uncertainty, Tucsonans are staying home more often. The stresses of the pandemic affect our mental health and well-being, and many people are finding solace in gardening and improving their backyard environment.
According to garden experts, one of the fastest-growing trends in outdoor design is creating meditative spaces. Turning one’s landscape into an oasis can be restorative and therapeutic. So that the project itself doesn’t elevate your stress level, the pros suggest that it is best to enhance one area at a time.
You don’t have to go to the far reaches of your property to find tranquility — a relaxing spot might be right outside your door. The transformation can begin by simply adding a comfortable chair and a few select plants.
Secrets to Creating a Tranquil Garden Setting
Just Add Water
Water in a garden has soothing auditory and visual effects, and attracts wildlife. A water feature can be as simple as a bubbling pottery fountain, or as elaborate as a koi pond or cascading waterfall.
Outdoor speakers are commonplace these days, so music or nature sounds can waft through the garden.
Choose native plant species preferred by birds, and provide water for your avian visitors with a bubbler fountain.
A New Zen-sation
Less is more in Asian-inspired landscape designs. Choose minimal plantings and utilize gravel and stones to create a corner area that’s perfect for yoga.
Dry & Mighty
Drought-tolerant gardening helps to conserve water. Native trees, shrubs, cacti, succulents and grasses add interest and texture, as well as providing food and shelter for local fauna.
Pop Goes the Patio
Add pops of color to neutral furniture with pillows, cushions, an outdoor patio curtain and glazed pottery. Define the space with an outdoor rug.
A Brush With Greatness
Paint is a reliable and inexpensive way to enliven tired and worn block walls, fences, wood, metal or rattan tables and chairs.
A Shade Better
Patio umbrellas and shade sails are affordable, essential mainstays for spring and summer comfort.
To Dine For
Alfresco dining is certainly in season! A shaded table can add an escape on a nice afternoon or evening.
Now You’re Cooking
An herb garden can expand your culinary horizons, even if you only have a small space. Plant herbs in containers, a raised garden bed, or in the ground.
Hit the Mute Button
Keep the scene serene by not overusing bright colors, instead relying on subtle accents of hue.
This Is Sit
Seating is an essential element, whether in the form of a full patio set, chaise lounges or a hammock.
The “Ahhhs” Have It
A ramada, cabana, or a pergola offer a secluded spot to unwind.
Go With the Glow
Inexpensive string lights are easy solutions for adding evening ambience. Additional landscape illumination, such as uplighting, can transform plants into sculptural elements.