With summer being just around the corner and the heats already rising up to unbearable levels, there is a growing need for an outdoor escape. Since we also have to struggle with everyday stress, the heat only brings us closer to a nervous breakdown. How can you avoid this without having to pack your stuff and book the first open flight?
If you haven’t thought about investing in making your garden a Zen wonderland so far, then this is just the time to do so. With a perfect resting place right at your doorstep, you are guaranteed to spend the summer without a care in the world. Here are some thoughtful and stylish ways to upgrade your garden into your own everyday escape place.
Music that heals the soul
As Madonna would sing, music makes the people come together, and it also helps you bring together your thoughts and emotions. The healing power of music is often underestimated, which is why we strongly recommend incorporating some relaxing music into your garden patio. This will help you create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility that you will want to wake up to every morning.
And what music should you choose? The easiest way to go is by simply finding some 10-hour long relaxing music mix on YouTube and letting it play in the background. However, the most relaxing music has shown to be the one that suits your taste and that you can most easily relax to. Classical music from the 16th and 17th centuries also have these relaxing qualities.
The dance of the shades
You can create a romantic Zen atmosphere in your garden only by using lights. All you have to do is choose the right ones and arrange them properly. You should avoid spotlights and bright, neon LEDs because they are all but relaxing (and often reminiscent of an office or a clinic, which you surely don’t want your garden to feel like). Instead, you should opt for luminous lights that create a welcoming atmosphere.
Candles, floating globes, solar landscapes, and outdoor chandeliers are only some pieces of light that make your garden a peaceful and comfortable space. It would also be a good idea to use luminescent paint that gathers light from the sun during the day and emits it during the night. This can create a truly magical, fairytale-like atmosphere.
A luxurious outdoor spa
Installing a spa in your garden has never been so convenient as it is today, and this marvelous piece of comfort is not only a luxury of the well off. Today, you can install a comfortable outdoor spa pool in your own backyard for a fairly reasonable price. However, it is important that you don’t skimp on quality, because this should be a one-time investment.
When choosing a spa, you should mind the angle of the seating (if your back starts hurting already after sitting for two minutes, then just continue looking elsewhere). Also, you should check whether all cleaning equipment is included because this is a necessity if you wish to keep your spa in good shape for a long time.
A space to meditate
There is no use of a Zen garden if you don’t leave some open space for meditation. You should create your very own meditation corner where you can easily put a yoga mat and practice. Just make sure that you have a perfectly mown lawn in this area so that you don’t have to worry about ticks and other parasites that live in high grass.
You can separate this area naturally by surrounding it with high plants or trees, which will make the inside of this cozy corner feel very intimate and private. Adding a small, wooden pergola in this area can also be a great way to send the message that this is a meditation-only zone.
Add a touch of green
Plants can be a great way to complete any Zen wonderland. In order to be more connected to nature, you need to bring nature as closest to you as possible. When choosing plants that are just right for your garden, think about traditional Japanese meditation gardens which are known for their rocky and sandy appeal, but also for wonderful greenery. Gardens like these often include plants such as the Japanese Red maple, the Flowering cherry, and Black or White Pines.
However, be careful not to overwhelm the garden with too many trees. Making some shade is definitely a good idea, but leaving out all of the sunlight from your garden is not. Think about what you and your family’s needs are, and arrange the garden in such a manner. Feeling good in the realm of your living space should be the optimal goal you should set for yourself, and this will only make it easier for you to design a garden worthy of the title Zen wonderland.
About the author:
Tracey Clayton is a working mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor, and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”