By Desmond Ho
All this can be created in an outdoor environment. Moreover, there are things you can create outdoors that cannot be duplicated indoors. Let's look at some indoor features viewed in an outdoor perspective:
In an outdoor setting, apart from the whistle of the wind and rustling of leaves, a water feature or pond - with the relaxing sound of cascading water or the meditative effects of trickling water - sets the mood in a natural ambience. If you create an ecologically balanced water system, the water will also attract wildlife such as birds, frogs and crickets that will provide the harmonious sounds of nature. The atmosphere changes at night, as the 'sounds' of silence enhances our awareness of nature.
If you plan your garden space well, little pockets and spaces can be created to display ornaments or items that have a memorable story or sentimental value. Whether at the corner of a wall, creatively perched on the lattice or on top of a pergola, these items can add charm to your garden as a centerpiece and serve as a good topic when friends visit.
Using your garden as a kitchen, dining or living room is a refreshing change. You don't have to step out of your house to enjoy a holiday-like atmosphere. Entertaining guests to an outdoor dining experience or barbecue is a great way to provide a memorable experience. Lounging around in the open space amidst a backdrop of ever-changing colours is something that an indoor room simply cannot provide.