Once you have your garden planned and ready to plant — then what? Grace Design Associates reminds us there’s still one crucial ingredient in the “mix”: the furniture. As the designers say, “Beyond the practical, furniture and accessories set a mood, bring the ‘human aspect’ to the landscape, and complete the artistic composition. Furnishings are an integral part of the garden, providing a comfortable place to relax and commune with nature, enjoy the company of others or take in the view.” Landscapers consider the successful garden to be one in which, as Grace continues, “the client is an interactive piece in the finished design.” So what do you want to put in your “interactive” spots? From Adirondack chairs perched atop a lookout to cozy loungers around a back yard fire pit, the choices are as infinite as your imagination.
If you have a picnic or al fresco area, don’t forget shade from the sun: a parasol can be a priceless asset on warm days. Do you love your potted plants indoors? Consider adding extra colorful pots outside as well — even in colder climates, evergreens or weather-hardy perennials can add cheer to a wintry landscape. Garden furniture is meant for comfort, so don’t forget to actually try it out before you buy it; you don’t want a gorgeous “piece of art” in the yard that’s visually stunning but uncomfortable. And use your color sense with furnishings, just as you do with plants: for example, some of the very best garden spots come about with vivid blue seating to match or complement plantings of deeper blue, forest green, or purple. The right furniture can “make” your garden — choose it with care!