Gardens for Your Senses
Does your garden offer a sense of enjoyment for all your senses? As the President of Green Thumb Landscaping, when I have some down time, there is nothing I like to do more than sit in my favourite lounger and do just that…lounge and enjoy my garden.
Our senses are the tools that feed our emotions, and a beautiful, peaceful garden is just the stimulation you need to create that soothing, relaxing break.
From the enormous blooms of hydrangeas to delicate but profusely fragrant lavender, summer gardens offer so much to see, smell, hear, touch, and even taste.
My garden has the special elements that allow me to sink in and relax. I especially love it when my family and friends come and spend time in the garden. I have special plants and accessories that I have acquired over the years.
When each of my grandchildren was born, I planted commemorative trees. Eight of them! They are growing strong and healthy, just like the kids. I love that — and the kids love it too. They have a strong connection to our home and those trees help anchor it.
Here are some ideas that you can use to create an even more beautiful garden:
- Large blooms from hydrangeas, giant leaves of Hostas, pretty sun umbrellas, and patio furniture.
- Roses, lilacs, lavender, and Asiatic lilies are some of my favourite scents. They have an immediate effect on me that brings me to calm faster than any yoga class.
- Tactile people, especially the little grandchildren, love to touch everything in the garden. Lambs ear is a favourite among my youngest grandchildren. Those fuzzy leaves are irresistible!
- When considering adding pleasant touch elements, don’t forget the seating areas. Use a variety of pillows, as you would on your indoor furniture, to create a lovely place to retreat after a long day at work. When buying outdoor accessories, spend money to get the best you can afford. The elements are tough on fabrics. Buy those that are specifically made for the outdoors.
- Sounds in the garden shouldn’t evolve simply around traffic noises. Reduce those sounds as much as possible. Plant barrier trees to damper the outside noises and give you the additional privacy you deserve.
- Don’t forget the birds. My daughter found some absolutely stunning hand-made bird houses that add great interest to my garden. They invite my bird friends to come and sing for me!
- As far as taste, I love my herb garden. I also have a few tomato plants that produce tomatoes perfect for grilled Swiss cheese and tomato sandwiches. A great treat for a Sunday lunch.