how to create a faraway oasis without leaving home

February 9, 2024

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As wonderful as it sounds to always travel, you still have a home you have to go to, and you have to protect your home, too! But even when you can’t go far away, you can still have those elements of a faraway land at home. Honestly, one of the best places to do this is right in your backyard. Just imagine stepping into your backyard and being transported to a distant land where exotic sights, sounds, and scents envelop you in a sense of adventure and wonder. 

Botanical gardens do this; even garden stories have the capability to do this, so why not you? Honestly, with a little creativity and ingenuity, you can transform your outdoor space into a faraway oasis that feels like a getaway destination right in your own backyard. While it’s not always the easiest thing to do, and it’s not always the easiest either, it can be done. 

So, with that said, here’s how to bring the magic of distant lands to your doorstep and create an enchanting retreat that's perfect for relaxation, exploration, and escape.

Go Ahead and Choose an Exotic Theme

You’re going to just want to go ahead and start off by choosing a theme that evokes the essence of a faraway land and sets the tone for your backyard oasis. Whether it's a tropical paradise, a Moroccan-inspired courtyard, or a Japanese zen garden, let your imagination guide you as you design a space that reflects your travel dreams and aspirations. But at the same time, how realistic is this theme for your home? If you live in a colder environment, then something like cacti might not work, so just keep that in mind. 

Be Sure to Incorporate Exotic Plants

In order to really make a difference and feel like you’re being transported, you’ll absolutely need to incorporate exotic plants if you really want to feel like you’re in a faraway land. So, just go ahead and bring a touch of the tropics to your backyard with lush greenery, vibrant flowers, and exotic plants that thrive in your climate.

Again, these need to be able to thrive in your climate, so be sure to really look into this. Plus, you’ll need to consider planting palm trees, bamboo, banana plants, and tropical ferns to create a lush and verdant landscape reminiscent of a tropical paradise (if this is what you’re after). 

Of course, it’s going to help to add pops of color with flowering plants such as hibiscus, bougainvillea, and orchids to create a vibrant and visually stunning display. These are just nothing more than examples if you’re going for a tropical theme because these can usually withstand winter months if taken care of properly

Water Features Get the Job Done

When you think of water features, you might usually think of tourist attractions, luxury retreats, hotels, parks, and other attractions, right? Well, these do create a sense of serenity and tranquility with water features that mimic the soothing sounds of nature. This could be a small fountain or even a cute pond with some natural stone steps going through it. 

Honestly, depending on the water feature, like a pond, you could even add some fish or aquatic plants to it, too. But these things truly do help out in creating that sense of immersion within your backyard. 

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