What sort of sounds?
Relevance to design
Yup lots of questions and lots to think about!
It helps when you have clear answers to the above questions when designing a garden. It impacts the practical aspects of the design (eg hardscaping, material choice) and the softscaping component (plant choice).
Importance to your wellbeing
I’d argue that having some form of sound in your garden is important and therapeutic. How strange would it be if the garden ‘sat still’? It ‘feels’ almost clinical and unnatural. Almost ‘lonely’!
How can you create sound
Well it’s sort of hinted to at the outset. Either naturally with ‘enticing’ some fauna into the garden or using accessories like a water feature and wind chimes as you see fit.
Recent trends - garden acoustics!
Another area we haven’t discussed is a recent trend in garden design for garden music or acoustics to be incorporated. Ie again lending itself to extending our living space into the ‘outside’. Think Bose systems and the like (and lots of partying and family entertainment lol). What better way than to enjoy the outdoors fully and all year round!
I’d actually like to incorporate more of this into my designs and encourage my clients to have a think about investing into such outdoor systems. I’ve had a recent project which has installed such a system and the family wouldn’t have it any other way!
Acoustics - where in the garden?
Aha. That’s the question I suppose. The usual spot would be ‘attached’ to the house in some manner and project it outside. Well that’s probably the basic idea. What about to specific sites? Eg at the pool if you have one?
An amazing idea I came cross was a design at the Chelsea Flower Show a couple of years ago. Acoustics attached to the water feature, creating movement and rhythm. Ie the acoustics couldn’t be heard but the gentle sound from the water feature movement could. Inspiring idea for sure!