Getting around – try to ensure that your garden is easy to access and has a straightforward layout. Paths and patios should be level, non-slip and a single colour. Provide handrails to support mobility and include raised planters to make gardening easier. Contrasting colours between garden features make them
Safety – try to make the garden safe and enclosed and ensure that there is a clear line of sight between the garden and the house so that a person can see and be seen.
Planting – choose plants that stir the senses with vibrant colours, beautiful scents and that are interesting to touch, as well as those that are well-known and stimulate fond memories. We recommend:
- Japanese maple
- Ox eye daisy
- English lavender
Familiar features – make the garden personal and include items in the garden that connect with the person’s past, for example, a vegetable patch, a bird table, a fish pond or a water feature.
Opportunity to relax – provide shelter and seating in the garden so that a person has the opportunity to sit back, take it all in and enjoy time out with family and friends.
Easy to potter – store gardening tools and equipment in a location that’s easy to find and access.