Whether starting the day with tea and toast on the patio, relaxing in the shade, dining alfresco, or watching the sun setting with a cool drink, what better place to spend summer than in the garden. Bright mornings, sunny days and warm balmy evenings tempt us outside to enjoy a dose of green therapy, boosting our mood and recharging the batteries.
Encourage consumers to enjoy summertime in the garden this month with support from the ‘Gardening is Good for You!’ campaign, supported by National Garden Gift Vouchers.
Designing social spaces into a garden creates opportunities to play and have fun in the sun, entertain over a tasty barbecue, or chill out with family and friends. Inspire customers and highlight the benefits of green space by combining outdoor furniture and accessories with garden plants to create social displays.
Comfy furniture helps you relax in style, whether it’s reclining chairs, a hammock strung between trees, or a gently swinging seat in the shade.
Surrounding yourself with plants brings you closer to nature, improving mood and relieving depression, taking away aches and pains, speeding-up rehabilitation after illness, and improving mental health.
That feeling of wellbeing you get from just being outside comes from a boost of what have colloquially been called ‘outdoorphins’, similar to the endorphins your body produces during exercise that reduce pain and raise the spirits.
PLANTS OF THE MOMENT: PLANTS FOR INSTANT COLOUR & DISPLAYS
There are plenty of plants available to add instant colour and impact to summer displays. Many can be ready-planted in larger patio pots and hanging baskets that can be put straight outside to enjoy. These bigger plants that are often already in bloom, make it easier for customers to colour-coordinate and match with planting partners, furniture and accessories.
As well as ornamental plants productive ones can bring enjoyment to the garden too, from pots of tomatoes, chillies and strawberries to vegetables, salads, fruits and herbs. Picking crops you’ve grown yourself boosts the brain, creating a feelings of wellbeing, and providing tasty produce to feed the family.
Plant displays could include:
Bedding plants like Begonia, Verbena, Petunias, Pelargoniums, Lobelia, Argyranthemum, Dahlia and Zinnia.
Hardy perennials like Geranium, Echinacea, Anthemis, Phlox, Astrantia, Salvia, Penstemon, Monarda, Helenium and Heuchera.
Shrubs like Hydrangea, Brachyglottis, Nepeta, Lavender*, Hebe, Choisya, Phormium, Cordyline, Yucca or climbing Clematis, Roses, Honeysuckle and Jasmine.
Fruit and veg like strawberries, tomatoes, chillies and peppers, squash, salad plants and potted herbs.
*Lavandula species are listed by Defra as Xylella Host Plants of concern to the UK. For further information please visit the Plant Health Portal and read the latest High Risk Host list. Suspected cases of Xylella fastidiosa or any other non-native plant pest must be reported to the relevant authority. All Xylella host plants should be sourced responsibly.