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Garden seating

Setting yourself down in your perfectly cultivated garden is a real treat, so planning your garden seating should be one of the first considerations for a garden design project. They can greatly impact the layout and natural path through the garden, as well as affecting where the majority of time will be spent. A good seating area will be a focal point and draw the eye, plus it should draw you to sit in it!

Know when and where your garden catches the sun – if you want to sit in the sun then your seating will need to be placed in the prime area for light and the rest of the garden arranged around that point. Similarly, if you want a respite from the heat of the sun, think about placing a seating area under a tree or in a shady corner.

How many people will use it? – This will always depend upon the size of the garden, but you should generally provide numerous areas for seating throughout the garden so that you’re never left standing and consider one ‘focal’ seating area supported by smaller seats as you move through the garden.

Get into the garden – it can be very satisfying and exciting to integrate your seat into, or facing, your planting beds so that you can really see the wildlife close up. This works equally well for ponds – the closer you get the more you’ll see!

curved garden seating made from stone Incorporate seating where you can – if you’re planning on making a patio, using paving or building walls, consider incorporating a seat directly into them using the same or complimentary materials.

 It will help integrate seating into the garden seamlessly and give a real feeling of solidity, and often just an outcrop or jut of stone is required.

If there’s too much of the same colour due to the materials you can introduce contrasting colours into the planting, with small planters placed to offset and draw attention.

Think about materials – as well as using stone and your existing garden materials, consider other looks.

Wooden seating can appear to ‘bed in’ to the garden and surroundings easily, but ensure you choose the right wood and stain to compliment the garden colours and planting schemes.

garden seating made from wood and paving stones

Wicker and rattan seating styles can provide a less ‘chunky’ look than wood and can provide flexibility in that they’re easier to move.

More modern materials, like aluminium, add a contemporary edge and are likely to stand out more due to their reflective nature.

The image shows how different seating styles can be made with juxtaposing materials (in this case wood and paving stone).

Finally, remember to make it comfortable! It’s generally difficult to find really good cushioning to leave outdoors in the elements, so ensure you have some nice cushions stored somewhere dry ready for those sunny, out-in-the-garden days.





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