Being outside in nature is good for the spirit and calming to the mind. It’s one of the reasons so many people go to expensive tropical resorts to “get away from it all” and spend time in nature. Well, what if all you had to do to get the same experience was to walk outside into you own backyard? Creating your own person tranquil resort-like retreat just takes a little time, elbow grease, and a small investment with big returns for years to come. Here at Kittleburger Florist we listed a few easy ways to turn your backyard in your own personal oasis.
How to Create a Tranquil Retreat in You Own Backyard
Start Planting Greenery – Everywhere!
You almost can’t go overboard with plants, shrubs, trees, and foliage! The more, the better. Planting tall leaves with big leaves will cover up unsightly views of a street or neighbor’s wall. Lots of greenery not only provides privacy but lots of shade as well. Include plants with different shades of green for depth and interest. Layer the plants from tall to small to add dimension and texture to your space. Decorate fences, posts, or other structures with crawling vines for an encroaching jungle look.
Add Fragrant and Exotic Flowers
Smelling the sweet fragrance of flowers not only improves your mood and helps you relax, but also enhances the experience of your tranquil oasis. Including exotic flowers such as orchids and Birds of Paradise create excitement and drama. Flowering vines and container gardens full of various flowers provide great pops of color against all the greenery and livens up the landscape.
Put in a Water Feature
Nothing provides tranquility quite like the sound of moving water does. Not only is it a pleasing sound to have in your special retreat, but a water feature will also help drown out other noise from around your neighborhood. Good examples would be a waterfall feature, garden pond, wading pool, birdbath, or water fountain.
Let the Wildlife In
Attract butterflies and hummingbirds by planting brightly-colored flowers. You could create a butterfly garden with plants that are known to specifically attract them, or just spread a bunch of wildflowers about to see what you get. Hummingbirds are also attracted to bright flowers, especially tubular-shaped ones.
Incorporate Natural Stone
A stone path or walkway is a charming addition to any garden oasis, especially if it leads to a surprise like a statue hidden in a niche of greenery or a hidden waterfall. A low stone wall also adds intrigue and can be used for carving out space and for placing addition plants on top of it to create a thick, lush jungle feel.
Provide Ambient Lighting
The relaxation doesn’t have to stop once the sun goes down. String up some lights that produce a soft glow like lanterns or white Christmas lights. Citronella candles are a nice touch as well. You could also have a built-in fire pit for entertaining friends on cooler nights.
If you’ve got a backyard that’s not being fully utilized or is distressingly bare, then transform it into a space you, your family, and your friends will never want to leave. Plus, think of all the money you’ll save by not flying to an expensive tropical resort when all you do is just walk outside.