Vacations are great, but they can also be expensive and require a lot of time traveling and being away from home. A great alternative is to create a relaxing vacation retreat in your own backyard. Busch’s Florist has put together a list of simple ways to create a backyard paradise so can just step outside into a lush oasis of relaxing sounds, pleasant fragrances, and calming visuals and feel your stress melt away.
Simple Ideas for Transforming Your Yard into a Relaxing Oasis
Add Plants, Plants, and More Plants!
Creating a relaxing oasis begins by having lots of lush greenery surrounding you. Plant large, leafy bushes and trees throughout the yard. Layer plants and shrubs of different sizes to create depth and texture. Incorporate tropical plants or orchids for an exotic look as well as crawling vines along your fences, walls, or trellis. An abundance of plants not only creates shade but privacy too, making you feel like you’re a thousand miles away.
Include a Water Feature
The sound of water has an instant calming effect, whether it’s from a babbling brook, pool, waterfall, or small fountain, incorporating a water feature in your yard helps drown out noises from the streets around you. You don’t have to go all out for a swimming pool, you can have water in the form of a garden pond, koi pond, birdbath, bubbling fountain, or small waterfall feature.
Add Flowers for a Pop of Pleasant Color
Color adds a luxurious, tropical island feel to your backyard. Flowers are not only a beautiful accent to any decor but also provide instant relaxation and joy through their fragrance. Plant flower beds of different blooming annuals and perennials. Choose contrasting colors for excitement and drama or go with harmoniously-colored flowers for a more soothing effect. You can also use containers for growing your favorite fragrant flowers and place them around the yard in groupings to creating a desired effect.
Attract Some Wildlife
Where there’s an oasis there’s wildlife. Attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your backyard with a butterfly garden that has bright flowering plants. Butterflies are attracted to bright colors like yellow, pink, and orange.
You’ve created a beautiful, lush backyard oasis so include some comfortable seating to enjoy the view. Have cushy chairs, swings, or even a hammock to truly make you feel like you’re on an island oasis.
Finish with Soft Lighting
Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy your relaxing oasis. String up some small lights or lanterns for the perfect ambient lighting and to entertain guests. You could also incorporate citronella candles for a more romantic atmosphere while keeping the bugs away.
With a little investment and a little time, you can create a backyard oasis you’ll want to visit again and again. With a backyard like this, who needs to travel far and spend money on a vacation?