We all know that being outside can benefit our mental health and if you’re lucky enough to have a garden, you’ll want to make it a haven where you can enjoy being outdoors. There’s also plenty of evidence to suggest that gardens can be good for those suffering from mental health problems too, so how can you create a therapeutic garden at home?

Chair of trustees at Thrive, a horticulture therapy charity, Faith Ramsay recently told the Belfast Telegraph that there are certain plants you should think about featuring in a therapeutic garden.

Top of the list is lavender, which she says is good because it’s “calming, balances the senses and has a sedative quality which can aid sleep”.

Rosemary, meanwhile, is good for memory, Faith reveals, which makes it a particularly good choice in a garden for anyone who suffers from dementia. She explained that rosemary is a “stimulating” plant, which can help give people a boost. As a result, it shouldn’t be planted right next to lavender as it has the opposite effect.

For a garden to help children with mental capacity problems, thyme is a good option, she added, because they can interact with it by touching, grabbing and smelling the plant.

If you’re not sure where to begin with your outdoor space to transform it into a sanctuary, getting help with garden design in Flintshire is a good idea. An experienced professional will not only be able to design the space, but will know what plants will thrive in different areas.

Even if you only have a small yard, there are still plenty of options for a thriving garden. Vertical gardens are one option suggested recently by BT Lifestyle, and they’re not as hard to get going as you might imagine.