09:54AM, Wednesday 23 May 2012
Bonnie Davies is an award winning garden designer who works at Burnham's family run, Davies Brothers Nursery. Welcome to her blog where she shares her thoughts on all things green.
A seating area is a vital part of any garden, because there’s nothing better at the end of the day than dining al fresco or slouching down to read a good book, with the sun warming your back and the glory of your gardening efforts filling your eye line.
There are so many different seats to choose from and every seat sets a unique mood for your garden whether its formal and functional, a casual chill-out zone or a hammock that can create an exotic holiday mood. If you’re handy with a needle and thread you could easily create your own bespoke masterpiece where you can take it easy and ‘hang out’ in the garden. Just make sure you don’t skimp on the quality of the material and thread!
These days with our hectic schedules we are all so busy multi-tasking…well I think we should expect the same from our garden furniture. Why should we fill our already crowded garden sheds with spades, forks, trowels, secateurs etc. etc. when we could save space and reduce the clutter with a storage seat. You can pick up a basic one from £100 online, and with a bit of clever cushion placement no-one would guess it was the bargain of the century!
If you need something lightweight and easy to move you could try outdoor beanbags like the one I used in my Hampton Court garden. They are fun, contemporary and kids love them (they tend to double up as crash matts!). They are available in a range of different colours and sizes and are very durable.
If you are looking for a more permanent seating arrangement, integrating a seat into a raised bed gives a wonderful sense of seclusion and privacy to an area, and the surrounding plants serve as a wind break in more open gardens. It’s also a crafty way of utilising walls without buying expensive garden furniture.
Whatever seat you choose to sit on, I hope you have a great weekend in the garden and let’s hope this weather keeps up so that we can all get our barbecue fix this summer.
Happy gardening, Bonnie.
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