Are you looking to transform your garden?
No matter what size your outdoor space is, it should be seen as an extension of your home. This week, we’re sharing our gardening tips for seniors to help you transform your garden into a haven.
Gardening Tips for Seniors: Use Garden Mirrors
Mirrors may seem like an unconventional choice of decor for a garden, but when placed mindfully they reflect the space and the light, creating a feeling of openness and making your garden seem larger than it really is.
Carefully placed mirrors can not only create the feeling of a larger outdoor space, but they can also add a unique aesthetic. Why not scour some charity shops to find a large, vintage mirror and create a ‘secret garden’ shabby chic look?
Use Lights to Brighten Up Your Outdoor Space
Solar panelled lights in your flower borders, fairy lights adorning fences and trees, and even garden candles can all contribute to a cosy, relaxed atmosphere, as well as providing much-needed light for your evenings.
You could combine light and warmth with heated lamps, or use a fire pit to help keep you warm and allow you to continue enjoying your garden in the colder months.
Create a Wildflower Area
Wildflowers are a beautiful addition to your garden; the vibrant colours and mismatched flowers create a stunning visual.
They also attract bees and butterflies, so you’ll be doing your bit for the environment whilst enjoying spotting the various insects in your garden.
You could turn your garden borders into a wildflower haven, perhaps on raised beds. These can have a pleasing aesthetic effect, and also reduce the pressure on your back as you tend to them.
Gardening Tips for Seniors: Reuse and Upcycle
From old watering cans to empty jam jars, there are many different everyday items you can transform into pretty adornments for your garden.
You could fill empty jars with solar panelled fairy lights to add a unique twist to your outdoor table, or you could use old watering cans to grow flowers and hang them from your fence.
Old pallets can be transformed into garden furniture, bug hotels, or even a mud kitchen for children and grandchildren. It can be rewarding to capture photos of the progress of your garden transformation and to then take photos of your loved ones enjoying your new garden space once it’s finished.
Use Outdoor Blankets, Cushions and Beanbags
Your garden should be an inviting, relaxing space for you to unwind in; whether it’s alone with a cup of tea after a long day, or with friends for food and drinks.
One of our gardening tips for seniors is having an assortment of outdoor blankets, cushions and beanbags available to encourage you and your guests to make yourself comfortable and settle down for the evening.
A hammock is also a charming idea if you have the space, as this can encourage you to spend more time in the garden. It’ll provide you with a comfortable space for stargazing, bird watching, or even just reading a book.
You may also want to invest in a canopy to provide you with some shelter, so you can continue enjoying your garden even if the weather turns.
A well-designed and considered garden can offer sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, particularly throughout your retirement years. Spending time outdoors can help keep you healthy as you get older and improve your overall health and wellbeing, as it can encourage you to move more as you potter around, and increase your sun exposure to help keep your Vitamin D topped up.
For more ways to stay healthy in your senior years, why not read our previous article on healthy breakfast ideas?
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