A lot of people seem to have busy lives nowadays and their stress levels seem high as well.
Instead of taking medications and potions to relax, why not try to reduce your own stress levels by creating a relaxing environment at home. Your garden should be your sanctuary.
This is easy to do with some simple planning. For instance, if you have just lawn covering your backyard, then you are watering and mowing this lawn often. No one wants to look at a boring lawn.
Why not cut out the lawn and replace the area with a few trees and understorey plants. There are several themes you may try such as a tropical, native or succulent look.
The tropical look seems to help people relax, as you imagine yourself far away from your problems. The frangi-pani tree has beautiful white flowers and with a few cannas growing underneath it is also maintenance free. Do not add ivy as it is a very invasive plant and requires constant cutting.
Put in a small pond. Using a children's clam shell is the easiest method or just line your hole with thick plastic and border with rocks before pouring water in.
The other method is choosing native plants. You can include plenty of lavender throughout your garden, as the aroma is a natural relaxant and the dried flowers can be placed throughout your home. You can even use the flowers in cooking such as biscuits or if you make your own ice-cream.
There is a huge selection of flowering natives that are suitable for your backyard. Bottlebrush trees have a beautiful soft red flower and are maintenance free.
The other choice is having many succulents spread throughout. These require no maintenance at all and if you lay a permanent mulch such as brick rubble you won't have to worry about weeds.
Planting a variety of flowers throughout your garden will give you something to focus on as you sit outside on a sunny day and admire the beauty around you.
Combine citrus with succulents
Remember, your garden is your sanctuary so whatever style you choose, it should be relaxing to sit in while you absorb the serenity around you.