feel better. Many hospitals are now incorporating healing gardens as part of their recommended wellness program. These special gardens help to speed up the healing process and bring pleasure to patients as well as their families and friends. In many situations after patients return to their home, it is important to extend the benefits of a healing garden.
Although everyone's circumstance is unique, sometimes a simple variation in an exiting garden might just do the trick. Below are 6 easy steps to get started on your own personal healing garden. I hope you find your revitalized garden delightful!
Step 1: Add a hint of sound with wind chimes or a portable water feature.
Step 2: Place a tall planter near the entry and fill with lavender and mint.
Step 3: Incorporate cool colors (blues and greens) for a calming feeling, or warm colors (reds and yellows) to energize and invigorate.
Step 4: Add touchable textures such as soft Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina) or squishy mosses to walk upon.
Step 5: Find a sunny spot and plant a few edibles such as strawberries, blueberries or cherry tomatoes.
Step 6: Place solar path lights around the garden perimeter for evening visits on warm summer nights.
Author: Susan Combs Bauer, Landscape Architect and Founder of BauerCombs & Associates, Inc
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