One Lifestyle garden at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show highlights the ways you can garden for health and wellbeing.
Here are five ways to garden for health and wellbeing, gleaned from and inspired by this garden.
1 Use soft and gentle planting
The colour palette in this garden is basically a cool and calming green and white with tiny accents of yellow and purple. It exudes peace and tranquillity and calms the mind and spirit almost instantly.
2 Envelop the space
Design the garden so that visitors are surrounded by foliage with a protective feel. In this garden the trees have a low canopy, underplanted with taller plants that enclose the space giving a feeling of safety and inclusion.
3 Plant Aromatic herbs into the borders
Choose ones that offer their healing properties as the sun releases their fragrance into the air. Medicinal herbs can support health and wellbeing, when used with the expert direction of a qualified medical herbalist. In a garden setting the uplifting aroma adds a further dimension to the design.
4 Use fragrant herbs beside and within paths
Plant fragrant herbs where they will be crushed in passing, so that they release their aromatic oils and calming fragrance into the air. In this garden a chamomile seat exudes soft scent while seated and a path planted with fragrant thyme breathes calming volatile oils into the atmosphere as you walk through.
5 Add water to the design
The sound of running water has a calming effect, but even an open, reflective pool adds a sense of wellbeing to a garden design. Focusing on reflections and searching inner feelings can evoke a variety of emotions and help to add clarity and understanding to a situation. In this garden there is a large circular pond that is reached via a winding path and offers deep reflective area for contemplation.