Sight: give yourself some colour therapy and pack your garden with flowers! For an instant pick me-up use summer bedding and fill pots, window boxes and gaps in the border. For more long-term colour, plant perennials that will give you years of service. Planted now, summer beauties such as rudbeckia, giant verbena, Echinacea, sedums and coreopsis, will give you flower through to first frost. As a general guideline, plant hot colours in a bright sunny spot, and keep the cooler, paler shades to less sunny areas. We can help you choose plants that are suitable for your garden, but you will be the person looking at them, so pick flowers that you like to look at!
There are many different ways to introduce sound in to your garden – the rustle of ornamental grasses (such as Miscanthus or Golden Oats)and bamboos in the wind, the gentle tinkle of water, wind-chimes and of course, the most natural of all –birdsong. Make your garden attractive to birds and enjoy the free concerts every morning and evening.
I’m not suggesting that you go out and hug a tree, but the feel of plants can really be incredibly soothing – soft, furry Stachys byzantina is known as lamb’s ears for very good reason, and grasses, such as Stipa ‘Pony Tails’ are wonderful to run your hands through, as are plants with soft, ferny foliage such as fennel. For the ultimate touch sensation, walk barefoot on the lawn early morning – real sensory therapy!
Your garden can be an amazing space, full of life and colour, and more important than how neat / weed-free / designed it is, is that you enjoy it and take time to experience it. Find a quiet corner either first thing in the morning or in the evening and take it all in – the sounds, the sights, the scents. At this time of year gardens are alive – dozy bumblebees falling from flower to flower, adult birds being harassed by loud youngsters on the branches, busy honey bees, ladybirds munching through greenfly, butterflies dancing over flowers and moths coming out as darkness falls. Who needs TV?
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