By Kate Karam, Monrovia
Photographs, unless noted, courtesy of Monrovia
While you should always be open to the feels you get when standing in a spot and thinking, "I would love to sit here," well-planned seating can take a garden from a nice place to look at to one that's an exciting destination. Of course, every landscape, homeowner needs, and budget are different, but hopefully, these ideas will help you to look at your yard with fresh eyes. Here are five things to consider when thinking about creating garden seating.
1. Three Common Garden Seating Mistakes:
Choosing the wrong size bench for the area. You want the bench to feel totally integrated – typically larger is better!
Failing to ensure that ground is level beneath seating for comfort and safety.
Not taking cues from the architectural style of the house when selecting seating.
Find ways to encourage slowing down by creating places that are so inviting that you cannot help but take a seat.
Example above: Yes, this is impressive, but the idea here is to configure a built-in during construction. Betting everyone stops here!
5. A Few Missed Opportunities
We are NOT here to judge, we're here to learn from each other! Here's an example where a small change would have made a big impact.
You're going to say, "What?? These are amazing gardens. If only…" and they are. Each is super interesting and let's face it, pretty seductive.
However, look at this spectacular setting and in your mind add: a larger, brightly colored bench to the shade; a chair on which to perch under that flowering tree; and seating that's in scale with the amazing arched tunnel. The placement of seating would change each site into a place one could not help but stop and linger.
It's Fall, which often means clean up time in our yards and gardens. And that can often increase our exposure to poison ivy and poison oak. How do we best identify these culprits? Here is an informative article about identifying and reducing the exposure and misery from poison ivy and poison oak.
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