These days, people seem more intentional about escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Loads of city dwellers are packing up and heading to rural areas or closer to green space. Those of us staying put are getting more creative with green space design. No matter how small our spaces are, with a little planning and creativity, it’s possible to create a haven to unwind and connect with nature. Here are some tips to help you turn your slice of green space into a sanctuary.
Assess Your Space
Begin by assessing your green space and envisioning the type of sanctuary you desire. Take note of the size, shape and existing features. Consider factors like sunlight, shade and wind patterns to determine the best spots for various elements.
One of the keys to creating a sanctuary is bringing nature closer to you. Plant a variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers to create a lush and vibrant environment. Choose native plants that thrive in your area to attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. If there’s space, add a small (or large) water feature, such as a birdbath or a pond. If you’re in a condo or apartment, head to a garden centre, or a few, and ask the knowledgeable staff for help in selecting potted plants, flowers, and container garden options.
Create Comfortable Seating Areas
Design cozy seating areas where you can relax and enjoy the serenity of your yard. Opt for comfortable outdoor furniture like lounge chairs, hammocks, or a wooden bench. Add soft cushions and blankets to make these spaces even more inviting. Consider adding shade structures like umbrellas or pergolas to provide relief from the sun. For condo or apartment dwellers, hardware stores and outdoor living boutiques offer endless small-space furnishing like foldable chairs and tables, as well as
Design with Sensory Elements
Engage your senses by incorporating sensory elements into your sanctuary. Include fragrant plants like lavender, jasmine, or mint to infuse the air with delightful scents. Hang wind chimes to create soothing sounds with the gentle breeze. Introduce a variety of textures with different types of plants, stones, or even a small gravel pathway to stimulate tactile sensations.
Extend the tranquility into the evening hours by enhancing your balcony or yard’s lighting. Install soft, warm-toned outdoor lighting fixtures to create a magical ambiance. String up fairy lights, or consider solar-powered pathway lights to illuminate pathways.