For many of us living in a city means that we will at best have a small area of garden and more likely just a mini courtyard or balcony. Even so by following some of the ideas suggested below it is possible to create an area of calm where you can relax surrounded by greenery and forget the world outside. These ten ideas are described in an article by Kate Burt which I found over on the Houzz website.
When your outdoor space is a square patch of land amid the urban sprawl, possibly overlooked and if not absolutely tiny at least decidedly not rambling, it can be tempting to create an equally boxy, metropolitan garden. Yes, this type of garden may look sleek and stunning, but if you?re after some escapism, tranquility and a foil to busy modern life in the city, browse the ideas in these relaxing plots for inspiration.Create a secluded seating area
It might only be a weeny spot in your outside space, perhaps even in a front garden if you can screen yourself from the street, but a little patch to sit and think, with nothing but greenery and sky to gaze upon, is a soothing thing for the soul. Crowd your seating out with evergreen bushy shrubs, sit back and enjoy the privacy.Add a romantic door
Pick the right door and you?ve created your own fairy-tale scene in a flash. And what could transport you further from reality than that? Even if you don?t have the capacity for a working door like this in your space, consider a purely decorative one ? it?s just as evocative and makes an interesting feature. Look at salvage yards and second-hand websites for something that captures your imagination. Train ivy to grow around it. Now, once upon a time?Prettify your shed
For many, a shed ? if it?s just big enough to get inside and has a little window ? can be a place of refuge; a place to indulge in a hobby or just somewhere quiet to get away from the hustle and bustle with a cuppa and a book. If yours is currently the non-cool color it was when you bought it, and cascading with cobwebs and a damp smell inside, consider how you might use it better if you spruced it up.To make yours look inviting, paint it a soothing color (you can get paints for such a job that require no boring wood prep) then drape it with plants and pile pots bursting with blooms around it. The ?veranda? of your shed can be an equally restful spot.