Lifestyle: healthy gardens

June 24, 2017 / INSPIRATION, Lifestyle

How to… create a garden with health benefits


Jekka McVicar is an ambassador for the Royal Horticultural Society and a champio of health and wellbeing through gardening and the plants grown therein. She shares her top tips…


Illustration by Hannah McVicar


1 Consider curvy pathways. Circles and curves allow one to slowly unwind. Think about creating a winding path within a small space, leading to a restful bench or seat.


2 Plant rosemary. It not only smells wonderful, but has been scientifically proven to restore memory, too, while the leaves have antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

Illustration by Hannah McVicar


3 Choose soothingly scented plants And bed them in next to path edges – lavender will give a sense of calm and help to relax the mind and body.


4 Plant some chives Easy to grow, and when added to food, they aid digestion, maintain heart health and boost the immune system. Their mild onion flavour combines well with so many dishes. You can also use the pretty purple flowers in salads.

Illustration by Hannah McVicar


5 Don’t forget some Lemon thyme A great all-rounder for growing in the garden or pots, you can also add it to a bath to ease tired muscles, just simmer a handful of leaves in half a litre of water for ten minutes and then add to your bath.


Plus, discover the five best plants for a healthy home here… Lifestyle: Air purifying plants


And… find more tips on wellbeing at home in the July 2017 ‘Wellbeing’ issue of ELLE Decoration UK


Plus, read Editor-in-Chief Michelle Ogundehin’s 5 ‘easy wins’ for a happy home in her Trendbulletin 21



And to find out more about Jekka McVicar’s Health & Wellbeing garden at the 2017 RHS Malvern Spring Festival, click the link!