Friday, March 2, 2012

The Garden Bench

There are so many ways to add interest to your landscape, but nothing can bring as much comfort as a garden bench.  Garden benches have provided outdoor pleasure to people for centuries, and while everything else in our environment has changed and grown, the pleasure of a few minutes stolen from the business of your day has not.

Garden benches are great for reflecting with that first cup of coffee in the morning, while reading the news or planning your day.  A comfortable seat in a quiet location, before you begin the day allows you to take in the sights and smells of your garden, as well.  In the evening, a garden bench gives you the opportunity to calm down, take a breath and unwind in the most visually appealing, harmonious location of your entire home, both indoors and out.

A garden bench and a few minutes alone turn your yard into a sanctuary, and that's why selecting the right bench is important.  There are so many choices available, and we want to share a few of our favorites.

Wood Benches

We like teak.  Teak has long been used by boat builders and craftsmen, and is perfect for an outdoor bench.  A high quality teak bench can last a lifetime.  Perfect for the zen garden.

Wrought Iron Benches

We love the look of wrought iron.  It's beautiful and reminiscent of the benches our grandparents had in their yards.  Nostalgia is always a good thing.  Imagine it surrounded by a garden full of hydrangea.

Resin Benches

If you're environmentally friendly, then a resin bench might be the perfect choice.  They are made from recycled plastic which is stronger and more durable than regular plastic.  They are also contoured for seating comfort.  Great for the eco-friendly garden.  

Cast Stone Garden Benches

The most durable of garden benches is the stone garden bench.  It is very heavy and often quite expensive, but it is perfect for very large yards.

The choices are many and varied, each material offering a great selection of styles.  The important thing is that you add a garden bench to your landscape.

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