This Sunday is World Mental Health Day and now, more than ever, it’s so important to look after your mind just as you would your body.

And one simple way to not only lower stress and anxiety, but also improve your mood and concentration, is through gardening. It’s true that the weather may not be the most inviting at this time of year, but don’t let that stop your green fingers getting to work. Let World Mental Health day be your motivator to finally get out there and start some planting.

Squires Garden centres conducted a survey that found 94% of people agreed that gardening was good for their mental health and well-being. And there are some plants in particular that can really help, see below for the details…


The Hebe is a plant mostly native to New Zealand. Of roughly 100 species world-wide, New Zealand has 80. Credit: iStock

Adding some colour to your garden is sure to improve your mood, try the below plants.

· Hebe
· Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)
· Japanese anemones
· Heathers
· Chrysanthemum


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It’s true that there is a unique satisfaction from eating something you grew with your very own hands, and these plants are robust enough for autumn:

· Lettuce
· Carrots
· Potatoes
· Radishes
· Spring Onion


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We’re all likely to be indoors more over the next few months as winter approaches, so why not bring some of the outside in? You could give these a try:

· Cacti & Succulents
· Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
· Cyclamen
· Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
· Orchids (Orchidaceae)

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