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News From The Plant Team: April 2020

Carry on Gardening

01 April 2020 by Craig Forbes

Gardening is good for you and a great use of time if you are isolated at home. Spending time outside in the garden keeps us fit, reduces stress levels, improves mood and helps us deal with the challenges we face.
Create an oasis of calm with a comfortable seat, or a swing for children, in a peaceful spot in the garden to tempt you outdoors and provide a sanctuary in which to relax and escape the troubles of the world. Encourage children to take a break from social media and homework and to unwind and relax.
Encourage wildlife into your garden and connect with the natural world right outside your own door. Enjoy feeding and watching the birds. Children love bug hunting and building insect houses.

The Power of Plants

Japanese Acers are the mainstay of Japanese-style, meditation-gardens. They look stunning in patio pots, beside water or simply brightening up a shady corner. They put on a dazzling display of colourful dainty leaves, which dance on the breeze.
Cottage Garden – Recreate the free and easy charm and delicate beauty of a traditional cottage garden. Mix roses and fruit trees with a tangle of pretty flowers and tasty edible crops. The addition of a quirky, characterful tree or formal topiary lends a touch of enchantment to the scene.
Woodland Garden – Choose from our outstanding collection of characterful trees and underplant them with shrubs and low-growing, shade-loving gems – take a look at our Collectors’ Corner for inspiration. A tree makes a great gift for a child to grow up with. Trees are great for the environment too.
Evergreens – green is associated with nature and is a calming colour, and of course evergreens provide interest in the garden all-year round.

The Power of Plants

The Sensory Experience

Colour – theme garden displays to suit your moods, for example use calming pastels, cheerful, sunny colours or exciting, vivid, hot hues. Do not forget evergreens, bright berries and stems for winter colour, and chase away the gloomy-season blues.
Fragrance – instant aromatherapy with lavender, roses, rosemary and thyme.
Soothing sounds – a bubble fountain, birds singing, rustling bamboos and grasses and tinkling wind chimes.
Touch – furry leaves and soft, silky seed heads.
Water – there can be nothing more serene than the sight and sound of water.

The Sensory Experience

Benefits of Gardening

Mental Health


Helps with:
Stress
Depression
Low self-esteem
Loneliness


Physical Health

Helps with:
Fitness
Muscle strength and tone
Flexibility
Hand strength and dexterity
Weight loss
Heart health
Brain health
Insomnia

Benefits of Gardening