If you feel your backyard is looking a bit drab, there are many ways you can incorporate items into your landscape to help give the area more character. You can use these items in conjunction with each other to help create an area for retreat, where you can relax and enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors. Here are a few ways you can give your backyard a unique-looking area for meditation and relaxation.
Start With Seating
You will want to have a spot where you can rest your feet after a long day at work. Consider adding a wood bench to your area. You can stain or paint a bench in any color you desire. One trending look is an antique style. There are paints in gray hues that can be dabbled onto the wood in a random patterning to make it look old and worn. This fits in well with landscaped areas to make it feel enchanting and old.
If you would rather, add a hammock to your area. You could use it to curl up with a good book on a hot summer day. Add a few waterproof throw pillows and you have a great area to take a nap.
You will want to have an abundance of flowers in the area to intensify the beauty of your retreat. Clay pots can be filled with different types of flowers and placed strategically around your seating area to give you some visual appeal when you are sitting down. Purchase outdoor pottery in different sizes from a shop like Bob Williams Nursery Inc. You can fill these with different colored flowers. Have a few larger ones with greenery, as well.
Putting in outdoor fountain in front of your seating will give you the pleasure of listening to the trickling of water while you are meditating. Fountains come in a variety of patterns and sizes, so you will want to pick one that goes with the theme of your seating. You can border the fountain with some gravel, stones, or slate walkways to enhance the area even further. Plant flowers along the walkway area to make your area feel like a small botanical garden.
You can further enhance your area by adding some extras that will make it easier to enjoy your retreat. Teak furniture can be kept outdoors year-round. You could add a small teak table to be used for your cup of tea or to hold a paperback book. Putting a canopy or trellis behind your seating can help shade you from hot sunlight. Place a few citronella candles in your area to be lit in anticipation of keeping bugs away.