How Garden Benches Can Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Landscape

A bench is a welcomed feature in a garden. It provides a comfortable place for resting and admiring the surroundings plus there are many others ways in which it can be useful. Garden benches are more than just furniture. If it’s well-placed, a bench can make a huge difference in your garden and we’ll give some examples shortly.

One of the ways in which you can use a garden bench is if you want to highlight a view or maybe a water feature and to be able to make the most of it. Of course, a bench with a view would also need to be comfortable if it’s to be truly useful. In order to ensure that, there are a few things you can do. For instance, you can make sure that the bench is placed in a dry and stable setting so you can use it all year round. You could surround it with some gravel, pebbles or big rocks and you can even give it a roof.

If there happens to be a tree where you'd like to put the bench, just build the bench around itView in gallery
If there happens to be a tree where you’d like to put the bench, just build the bench around it
Let the garden shape the bench and look around you to find inspiration for its designView in gallery
Let the garden shape the bench and look around you to find inspiration for its design
Some green and fluffy accent pillows would complement a garden bench perfectly, given their visual connection to the grassView in gallery
Some green and fluffy accent pillows would complement a garden bench perfectly, given their visual connection to the grass

In the summer, you’ll want the bench to be in a shaded area. You can put it under a tree or install an umbrella or you can come up with a more permanent solution such as a trellis roof or some other sort of structure. Try to avoid putting up walls or dividers which could obstruct the view and diminish the freshness of the ambiance. To increase the comfort even more, you could also add some pillows. Just make sure they’re covered in all-weather fabric.

A garden bench can be built out of various different materials and wood is a pretty common optionView in gallery
A garden bench can be built out of various different materials and wood is a pretty common option
Add some color to the bench and implicitly to the garden with some accent pillowsView in gallery
Add some color to the bench and implicitly to the garden with some accent pillows
Plant some shade-loving plants under the bench to surround yourself with greeneryView in gallery
Plant some shade-loving plants under the bench to surround yourself with greenery
The bench can be built along an existing fence or you can let its backrest double as a divider and even as a planterView in gallery
The bench can be built along an existing fence or you can let its backrest double as a divider and even as a planter
If you want the bench to blend in with the garden and the landscape, maybe this can inspire youView in gallery
If you want the bench to blend in with the garden and the landscape, maybe this can inspire you
Large stones or blocks can serve both as decorations and as benches in a gardenView in gallery
Large stones or blocks can serve both as decorations and as benches in a garden

Another way in which a garden bench can be practical is if it offers some sort of built-in storage. It could have a top that folds up or that’s removable and under it (inside the bench) there could be a secret storage compartment where you could keep some extra pillows and maybe even a blanket. You might also want to add some sort of table (maybe a tree stump) which can serve as a table.

Make sure there's a path that offers access to the bench when the ground is wet or slipperyView in gallery
Make sure there’s a path that offers access to the bench when the ground is wet or slippery
Surround the bench with flowering plants for fragrance or plant trees for shadeView in gallery
Surround the bench with flowering plants for fragrance or plant trees for shade
Plant some lavender around the garden bench. It smells lovely and it's also relaxingView in gallery
Plant some lavender around the garden bench. It smells lovely and it’s also relaxing
Position the garden bench strategically so it highlights a beautiful feature or a viewView in gallery
Position the garden bench strategically so it highlights a beautiful feature or a view
You can also play with colors and forms when you're choosing the plants to put around the benchView in gallery
You can also play with colors and forms when you’re choosing the plants to put around the bench
You can even have a garden bench that has a planter built right into itView in gallery
You can even have a garden bench that has a planter built right into it
This is actually an abstract structure and the bench is only a section of itView in gallery
This is actually an abstract structure and the bench is only a section of it
You can position the bench next to a garden sculpture or it can overlook something similarView in gallery
You can position the bench next to a garden sculpture or it can overlook something similar
A water feature such as a small pond can be quite relaxing to look at and a bench can really help with thatView in gallery
A water feature such as a small pond can be quite relaxing to look at and a bench can really help with that
Position the bench or chair close to a water feature without stealing its thunderView in gallery
Position the bench or chair close to a water feature without stealing its thunder
If you prefer a bit of privacy, the bench can be placed in a nook or can be framed by large plantersView in gallery
If you prefer a bit of privacy, the bench can be placed in a nook or can be framed by large planters
The wide rim of a large garden planter can double as a benchView in gallery
The wide rim of a large garden planter can double as a bench
Place a bench at the end of a path and surround it with a low fence, like a sort of gazebo but with no roofView in gallery
Place a bench at the end of a path and surround it with a low fence, like a sort of gazebo but with no roof
You can repurpose tree stumps as stools and fallen tree trunks can be used as fence poles or decorationsView in gallery
You can repurpose tree stumps as stools and fallen tree trunks can be used as fence poles or decorations
This is a unique bench that was built out of a repurposed old boatView in gallery
This is a unique bench that was built out of a repurposed old boat
Metal is one of the most common materials that garden benches are made ofView in gallery
Metal is one of the most common materials that garden benches are made of
Place a bench at the far end of your garden so anyone would wants to sit down has to first explore the gardenView in gallery
Place a bench at the far end of your garden so anyone would wants to sit down has to first explore the garden

You should also try to picture the ambiance you’d like to be able to enjoy while sitting on the bench. Take into consideration all the senses and consider placing the bench near some flowering plants or to add some after you’ve installed the bench. This way there will be a nice fragrance that will make the experience even better. A corten steel planter might do the trick.

For a clean and modern look, consider a minimalist bench cast in concreteView in gallery
For a clean and modern look, consider a minimalist bench cast in concrete
Wooden benches tend to look a bit more bohemian, romantic even View in gallery
Wooden benches tend to look a bit more bohemian, romantic even
The bench can have a backrest that doubles both as a planter and as a tableView in gallery
The bench can have a backrest that doubles both as a planter and as a table
You can have the bench hidden in the garden between plants and bushes, like a secret doorView in gallery
You can have the bench hidden in the garden between plants and bushes, like a secret door