With some much extra time on our hands currently, why not think about creating a garden to help with your well-being!
We recently read an article by RHS Director of Science, Professor Alistair Griffiths has done a lot of research into wellbeing and gardens and has even written a book about it! Called RHS Your Wellbeing Garden it gives some ideas for using greenery and gardens to distract from the stresses of life, whether it be butterflies, birdsong, or sensory and scented plants.
So here are some of the top tips we took from the article:
What should you include?
“Key elements of life, like shelter and water, are relevant to a mindfulness corner, which is trying to create a refuge but with an ability to view outside of that,” says Griffiths.
Where do you start?
- Create an area of seating where you can sit alone, or with friends and family. Have plants which attract butterflies, bees and wildlife to distract you from everyday life.
Think about water
- It’s good to have an element of water, where you have the ability to see and hear the water and look at its reflectiveness. This could be a full pond or a small water feature.
What happens if you have a balcony, or no outdoor space at all?
- Bring nature indoors, by making a mindfulness corner in your house, bringing greenery into those spaces. Small palms or ferns go well in a corner.
Focus on fragrance
- He says scent is critical, so choose things which are fragrant. There’s scientific evidence linking lavender to calm and sleep. Lavender is that it attracts bees and other wildlife, which is an extra benefit as well!
- The brighter the colours, the more impact they have on our emotions.
- Trying to surround yourself with different types of greens, because green is a colour that seems to be universally liked by people across the world.
- Add water to the scene, it gives you the blues and the greens and these are commonly thought of as calming colours, linking nature, water and the sky, the things that give us life.
Have elements of touch
- He suggests to include plants that make you want to touch them, such as soft ornamental grasses, the sort of plants that you want to run your hand through when you walk past.
Don’t over-complicate things
- Keep it relatively simple and opt for plants you’ll be able to care for.
If you would like to find out more about the book pop along to the RHS Website.