Gardening is a great choice of activity for those who wish to take a step back from the hectic pace of modern life.
In an article for the Daily Telegraph, professional gardener and landscape architect James Alexander-Sinclair said the pastime is "the last bastion of the patient".
Indeed, celebrity gardener and regular participant on the BBC's Gardeners' Question Time Pippa Greenwood recently told the Western Morning News that getting to work with garden equipment outdoors can bring an enormous sense of personal satisfaction.
Mr Alexander-Sinclair said that it is not a task that can be hurried by its nature and that waiting for things to happen is often one of the greatest pleasures it can offer.
He specified the process of nurturing plants as they grow is just as satisfying as admiring the end results.
The expert asked: "Rather than charging about buying specimen plants for instant impact, why not try growing perennials or shrubs from seed?"