Achica 6 Great Ideas For Garden Seating

Whether you’re looking for a humble bench or state-of-the-art sofa, the seats in your garden should combine function with style. Choose a material and design that suits your outdoor space, and position your seats where you can enjoy your garden from the best vantage points. Take a peek at our garden promotions over the next few weeks for a range of garden seating, and check out these inspirational ideas we spied last month at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show…

Floating benches

Floating benches

We loved this small patio garden by Young Designer of the Year, Tony Woods, called ‘Escape to the City’, with its chic cantilevered benches made from Western red cedar. Tony has cleverly disguised the metal brackets that hold up benches with shade-loving plants, such as ferns, brunnera, and dead nettle. Even the Chancellor, George Osborne, was impressed!

Fairytale inspiration

Fairytale inspiration

‘The Summer Fairytale garden’ by Clare Edwards and Claire Skidmore was a romantic fusion of reflective pools, flowers and whimsical design features like this butterfly-inspired Emperor Garden seat from Black Country Metal Works. Try creating a small seating area like this in your borders to enjoy a close-up of late summer blooms, such as daylilies, shasta daisies, dahlias and agapanthus.

Rustic simplicity

Rustic simplicity

Take a leaf out of French designer Florian Degroise’s book and make stools for a wildlife or cottage garden from recycled timber pallets. We also liked the Corten-edged sunken firepit in Florian’s ‘Bees Garden’, which provided an effective focal point on the gravelled terrace.

The perfect entrance

The perfect entrance

Designed as a front garden for a suburban semi, ‘Bradstone’s Precious Resources Garden’, by Paul Hervey-Brookes was packed with inspiring ideas and scooped the People’s Favourite Award. The Mediterranean style was set off by this verdigris metal chair, perfectly placed for relaxing by the water feature while secretly spying on the neighbours!

Sculpture or seat?

Sculpture or seat?

This crescent seat by Ben Barrell made a bold statement in the gold-medal winning ‘Networks garden’, designed by Mary Hoult for Cancer Research UK. Cast in marble composite, this chic sculptural seat needs a simple setting in a contemporary garden to show off its elegant form.

Funky and fun

Funky and fun

Looking like something from a Teletubbies set, the sedum-coved dome in ‘The Mypod Garden’ by Seven Peas in a Pod, was designed as a peaceful sanctuary. The idea is that you lie back and relax on the beanbags and cushions inside the pod while listening to music or enjoying the garden views. Perfect for kids and teenagers, this idea would appeal to anyone young at heart.

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