Creating meandering pathways to create a sense of a journey, placing plants in such a way that most of the paths are edged and hidden from general view.
Both ponds and water features can improve state of mind in several different ways. A wildlife pond can be simple and easy to create and doesn’t have to be large to attract wildlife. It can be as small and simple as burying a washing up bowl in the ground, hiding the edges with pebbles, stones and low growing plants.
There are now many different types of water features available. Electric, and solar powered with different settings to create either a soothing trickle, or a stimulating waterfall.
Water features are particularly useful if your garden is near a busy road. This is because the sound of the water can distract the mind from the sound of the traffic.
Do remember to include plenty of places to sit and relax in different parts of the garden. Practice a few mindful moments to ease stress and help relaxation.
The Japanese have a term called ‘Shinrin-yoku’ translates to ‘Forest bathing’. Being calm and quiet whilst walking amongst trees.
Whilst it may not be feasible to create a tree filled garden, it’s certainly possible to create a plant filled one, no matter how small. So above all else, try to spend time in and amongst the plants in your garden on a daily basis, even if only for 10 minutes to encourage that feeling of well-being.