Are you planning changes in your yard to make it simpler to maintain. You're getting a bit older, and you want to take it easy. But maybe you didn't know about nature's value to support memory, reduce depression, and decrease stress.
How healthcare is using nature
Studies have shown that physical healing happens faster when someone is able to see the natural world. Healthcare researchers have found that windows with views that show sky and plants speed patient improvement. That's why hospital architects are now designing with windows in each patient room, and the landscape beyond the buildings is carefully planned.
There's more than the ability to see blue and green outside the window, though. Patients recover faster with more visual challenge. Mental healing with lower stress and depression happens when patients can see patterns of leaves, masses of colorful flowers, contrast and change in the landscape. You don't have to be in a hospital, though. The visual aspect of a healing landscape translates well to a home setting
Visual interest with low maintenance?
Say you've planned a broad expanse of lawn for easy mowing, plus some evergreen shrubs. You've cut down trees that shed their leaves to eliminate raking. Yard maintenance can't be any easier! What about your home landscape, then? Have you thought about what you see from inside the house, checking the view at each window? What about views from the patio or porch?
Think about small pockets of visual interest in two ways. First, you can add garden ornaments. Add a gazing ball, fountain or birdbath as a focal point. Or try a bench. Today's garden shops and home improvement stores offer substantial choice. You'll want something to contrast in your landscape. Yes, a white bench is nice. But what about a red or yellow one that's attractive even when rain or fog blend many garden colors together? Add a few containers in a matching color on your porch. Plant them with a combination of flowers in several colors or small shrubs and ground covers with contrasting leaf shapes and colors. For example, variegated ivy looks good year-round. In the spring, add a castor bean seed or caladium corm for a fascinating mix that will thrill your eye all summer.
What could you do to keep maintenance minimal while amping up the visual interest and keeping stress and depression under control? Need some ideas for a great ageless garden? Second Summer is here to help.
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