Create a garden sanctuarySpending time in the garden can be incredibly restorative, especially if you make your outdoor area into your own personal garden sanctuary. Here's how to create your own oasis of calm in the garden...

Use an arch to divide up your garden

Dividing up your garden can actually help it look bigger. The elegant, softwood Somerlap arch provides the perfect gateway into your sanctuary area. Adding climbing plants or flowers to your arch will not only help to increase privacy, it will also add to the feeling of getting away from it all!

Add screens around your garden sanctuary

Tall, fast growing plants like bamboo can provide effective screening. If you prefer something that's less permanent (and easier to maintain), you could add fencing and trellis, which is perfect for creating privacy. Somerlap have a great selection of timber panels including natural willow and hazel hurdles to ornate lattice panels – any of which will enhance your garden.

Include relaxing seating

Comfortable seating is a must for your garden haven. We especially like this stylish hardwood outdoor sofa – perfect for lounging. Or, if you'd like to be lulled into a gentle al-fresco nap, why not try this superb softwood garden swing seat.

Other ways to turn your garden into a haven of calm and relaxation

  • Install a bird table to encourage birds, and invite the soundtrack of bird song into your garden.
  • Add more plants – greenery helps absorb noise, increasing the sense of tranquility.
  • Consider installing a summer house – then you can enjoy your garden whatever the weather.
Best products for a garden sanctuary Elegant timber arches (left), ornate screens (middle) and stylish, hardwood seating (right) will add charm to your garden sanctuary.
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