Falling Back in Your Garden Chair
Tired of staying in air-conditioned seclusion all summer?
Nothing beats the backyard for convenience when you want to enjoy
the outdoors. Fall is the time to assess the seating situation
so you can enjoy the garden in comfort and style, says The
You may already have folding lawn chairs to serve in a pinch.
But consider that more permanent outdoor seating can add flair to
your garden. The key is to integrate the chairs into your
landscape design. Place seating judiciously among the flowers,
off the walkway, or in the corner.
Stone chairs provide a massive, organic feel to your landscape
design. Garden centers provide the less expensive concrete
chairs, too. For more basic stone seating, you can get large
rocks from a stone supplier. Arrange them into an outcropping
that doubles as a sitting garden. Be careful to place them where
you want them--you won't want to move large ones around. For
more information, see Garden Design on the Rocks.
Garden and patio chairs come in a wide variety of styles and
materials, from the traditional, wooden Adirondack chair with
it's angled back and plump cushions, to the new generation of
metal furniture in galvanized, aluminum, iron and steel. Smith
and Hawken is a company that lists several types: (800) 776-3336.
Yet another option for the porch is the classic swing bench
suspended from the ceiling. It has to be permanently and safely
attached. If you want a mobile, self-supporting frame, consider
the glider. The gliding motion is equally relaxing. Suitable
for the porch or garden, it looks great nestled into the shrubs
and flowers or in repose under a stately oak or maple.
Or if you're looking to entertain the kids as well as the kid in
you, install a tree swing. Just make sure the rope is strong and
safely anchored to a living branch.