Creating a space of your own in the garden for prayer, meditation, or quiet reflection doesn't have to require lots of time, work, or money. The following tips can help you create a plan to make this one of the most used and peaceful areas of your outdoor landscaping.
Tip #1: Create a Quiet Space
A corner of the yard that is separated from entertaining areas is best suited for your prayer garden. You may also want to make sure it is shielded from nearby sidewalks and the street. The simplest way to do this is to partition off a far corner of the yard using living hedges or pretty wood lattice. Partially screen the area to create a hidden bower. You can cover lattice or even a stretch of netting with climbing vines, such as morning glories or red runner beans.
Tip #2: Make a Comfortable Seat
A small garden bench, made of concrete or wrought iron so it can withstand the weather, is the most common choice. If you prefer sitting on the ground for prayer or meditation, you may want to add a weatherproof cushion or mat. Even a rocking chair can work if you just want a comfortable place for study and reflection. You may also want to include a small table for a bible or uplifting book, along with refreshments.
Tip #3: Decorate the Space
Beautiful decorative crosses made for outdoor use are available in a range of designs and styles. You can get a large acrylic or concrete cross, carved exquisitely, to place as the centerpiece of your space. If you prefer smaller items, consider choosing a hanging cross to attach to the lattice, the fence, or even a nearby tree. Smaller inspirational items, such as false rocks with uplifting inscriptions and decorative crosses, are also available to add a lovely touch the space.
Tip #4: Focus on the Plants
Finally, make sure the garden itself lends itself to inspiration and beauty year-round. Plant bulbs like tulips and daffodils for early spring color. Include a few evergreen plants, such as small juniper shrubs with their dusty lavender berries, to add winter interest. Roses and peonies can provide perennial summer color, or you can bring in the annual flowers of your choice each year. Maintaining the garden can be a meditative and contemplative practice that makes your prayer time in the garden feel more full.Share
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