Another form of relaxation is gardening. You never thought of that one? Well, most people don't. However, research indicates that gardening is not only a great form of physical exercise; it also helps to relieve stress and provides mental relaxation. This is especially true when gardening is done on a small, personal scale. A lot of benefits are derived from the rewards of a beautiful, healthy plant that you have personally grown and cared for.
You can also add a decorative touch to your garden with fountains, garden gnomes, garden stones and much more. These items will help to keep your garden looking good all year round, especially during the cold winter months. Whether you choose to work in a theme with your accents or simply buy what you like, these attractive items will provide the finishing touch.
Ornaments are made in a variety of material and sizes. Whether you are looking for something large and ornate or small and simple, you won't have a problem. You can choose from stone, wrought iron and other types of material. For those of you who are artistic, consider going to a nearby area creek or field where you can choose an assortment of rocks to create your own idea of a garden decor.
An especially imaginative idea is the Laaf. (Laaf: (laf), n., a fairytale figure that loves life and generates laaf-ter.) Laafs are the idea of Tom van der Ven, creative director of the Efteling, Europe's oldest theme park. Recently, Americans have fallen in love with these adorable figures.
There is, of course, a specific Garden Laaf. Or, you may select a Water Laaf, which can function as both a garden accent as well as a fountain.
To relax after a particularly hard day at work, place a comfortable bench in or nearby the garden area where you can sit and enjoy the beauty of the plants. Make sure that you position the bench in the shade. You may also want to add a small table so that you have someplace to set your refreshments.
Sundials are a great addition to any garden. Instructions for making your own sundial are available. If you choose to purchase one, you may be surprised at the wide variety and price ranges available.
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