in a garden does not have to be boring, in fact there is no reason a
beautiful garden bench can’t be the focal point of a garden. A
bench not only gives the gardener a place to relax but can also serve
as a piece of art in the garden.
A bench can define an area in a garden. The definition can be emphasized
by placing potted plants by the bench. Ideally, the bench or seating
should be in a shaded area in the garden. The placement of the bench
sets the tone for the conversations and meditations to be had.
Consider placing a garden bench among the herb section of the garden
or among some other fragrant plants so that the sense of smell can be
stimulated. Imagine relaxing next to soothing lavender or eucalyptus!
Placing a bench in a secluded area or corner of the garden is a pleasant
surprise for those who discover it!
Under gazebos, benches can become part of a focal point. Gazebos can
offer shade and privacy to those resting. The best benches are four
to five feet long, allowing two people to sit next to each other comfortably.
Placing matching or similar tables next to the seating will also invite
visitors to stay awhile.
A garden bench can be made from a few different materials. They can
be made from stone, cement, or metal. Wooden benches are often made
from redwood, teak, or cedar and can be treated to last in the weather.
For those who are environmentally conscious wooden benches should be
made from wood grown on plantations and not harvested from the endangered
rainforests. Green lovers can take it a step further and purchase a
bench made entirely from recycled plastic, it lasts a long time and
comes in a variety of colors.
Wooden benches should be checked for quality construction. The less
screws and bolts the better, look for mortise and tenon joints instead.
Wicker benches are good for covered areas. The great thing about wicker
is that coordinating cushions can be purchased to match the garden or
A garden bench can also have other functions besides seating. A potting
bench is useful for gardeners, giving them extra work space. A bench
can also double as storage if it has built in storage bins.
Benches can add color to an area that may lack. Vintage metal benches
painted in bright primary colors draw the eye to the area and add some
pop. Keep an eye out for benches with unusual designs or textures. Consider
turning a large fallen tree into a natural bench with a little woodworking.
For extra luxury, check out gliding or rocking benches. They add a relaxing
sway to unwinding in the garden. It’s the perfect place to read,
take a nap, or just enjoy the company of friends.
Having a garden bench makes a garden look complete. Every garden needs
a place to sit and enjoy all the hard work. Don’t make an impulse
buy when it comes to the bench, look for one that will last, will be
comfortable, and matches the tone of the garden.