Since the earliest of times, people have valued the healing qualities of gardens. Once, those lush sanctuaries with waterworks, rare flowers and songbirds were available only to the richest. Romantic poets of the 19th century felt a deep attachment to nature and believed that gardens are the place of creativity – only there can a human be completely free. Many healthcare centers today maintain green spaces where patients can recuperate and relieve the stress of therapy. For a home gardener, a healing garden doesn’t heal only the soul by bringing joy, peace, and balance, but also provides a great form of exercise through digging, planting, weeding and decorating. Here are some simple tips you can try.
♦ Healing Our Senses
So, what separates a healing garden from a backyard? The essential vein that flows through all the elements lets you interact with nature by engaging your senses. The plants provide inspirational colors and peaceful greenery. The relaxing sound of water and the visiting wildlife can take you to another place far from everyday worries. The pungent aroma of fresh earth and the fragrance of selected herbs will fill the air, especially in the morning and after sunset. Finally, the fresh flavor of a crispy pea pod or refreshing sour-sweet gooseberry can bring back a tide of memories.
♦ Water Features
As an essential soothing agent, water is an important element of a healing garden. While still water promotes peace and contemplation and provides a setting for meditation, the sound and sparkle of running water can decontaminate our senses and restore our energy. Here you can get some tips on how to make a small garden pond. You can change the sound of running water by moving the rocks around it from time to time.
♦ Sounds of Tranquility
The sounds of the garden are important even when you are inside – they invite you and fill you with strength for a new day. Many plants make sounds in light wind or when a four-legged visitor is making its way through the brushes. Metal chimes at your garden entrance will mark the gates of a healing space, where the rest of the world is left behind. Think about elements that will attract songbirds and hummingbirds – berry shrubs, birdbaths, and feeders.
♦ Inspiring Scents
Seconded only by sound, scent is the most powerful brain activating sense. Consider adding fragrant plants alongside garden paths, seating and outside doors and windows. Thyme, ground ivy, and catnip are creeping herbs best planted in the walkways as they will release their scent when stepped on. Supplement natural fragrances with incense and aromatic oils in garden torches for an evening meditation.
♦ Colors of Joy and Respite
Warm colored petals like red, orange and yellow raise emotions and promote activity, while blue, purple and white promote peacefulness. Deep red geraniums or red salvia, for example, planted against red brick or a redwood fence will blend better into surroundings than purple or magenta against a white picket fence. A good strategy is to have both a place of warmth and excitement that you can visit when spirits are low – and a meditative space for relaxation.
♦ Selection of Plants
There is no single rule that applies to all – grow plants that you find pleasing. First of all, consider those that engage all of the senses. A white pine can act as a beautiful backdrop, filling the air with the scent of its resin. On sunny days, its spotted shade can become the perfect place for meditation or a healing talk. Herbs like oregano, bergamot, and chives flourish best in light shade. By using one of those commercial shade sails, you can protect them from the scorching sun, as well as create a reading area for yourself.
Healing gardens use plants and other landscaping elements that provide healing experiences by activating our senses. However, every individual is unique. What worked for someone else won’t necessarily work for you. Someone might adore little birds, while someone else can’t stand the chirping. Think about garden features that you find pleasing and get busy. ♥
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