If you’ve been spending more time in your outdoor space during lockdown and have even become more attached to gardening, have you considered what you’ll do when you have less time at home as life returns to normal?
Don’t worry, as there is a Japanese approach to gardening that might appeal to you. Wabi-sabi, as horticulturist Michael Perry explained to the Yorkshire Post, comes from Buddhist teachings and allows you to take a more relaxed approach to gardening.
“It’s basically allowing nature to influence and enhance man-made objects,” Mr Perry explained. In a garden setting, that might mean that you allow your plants to intermingle or let moss grow on your paving.
“You can do it in whatever space, allowing nature to come in and letting the garden age naturally,” he suggested.
Of course, you also want your garden to be a space that you enjoy spending time in. If you feel as though your outdoor space needs a bit of work, you could consider using landscaping services in London to get you started.
If the concept of Wabi-sabi appeals to you, tell your garden designer that this is the way you’d like to manage your garden.
One of the best ways to embrace the concept is to let hard landscaping features, such as walls and rocks, age, according to Mr Perry. Letting climbing plants “run a bit more wild on that than you usually would”, is another way to approach it, he added.
This ties in with the ‘Leave It Wild’ campaign currently being run by the Wildlife Trusts in the UK, which have been urging people to leave their lawns unmowed to mark International Biodiversity Day on 22 May, New Shopper reported. Growing bee and butterfly-friendly plants is also recommended.