How to make a serene space

Norm Plate
Ideas for your private sanctuary

A tranquil place

Create privacy.

Enclose the area with a fence, arbors, trellises, tall shrubs, or robust vines.

Use easy-care plants.

Choose ones that don't need lots of water or fussing over once established. Avoid plants that drop copious amounts of litter ― maintenance shouldn't be a burden.

Add sensory elements.

Include a small fountain or water bowl. Fill pots with fragrant plants such as gardenia.

Include seating.

Add a bench, chair, or swing.


Use low-voltage lights or portable lanterns. Float candles in water containers.

Make it your own.

Fill the space with favorite furnishings and garden art. Shop flea markets and junk stores for pieces that speak to you.

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