Create The Perfect Sitting Area In Your Garden
When creating a lounge / dining area in the garden you should always make sure that within that space there is an area that offers some shade for those who wish to take a rest from the sun.
When looking for an area in the garden to create a lounge find a location that isn’t overlooked by the neighbours, if this isn’t possible then try using carports and awnings, plants, pergolas, trellises and fencing so you can create a shaded and private area within the garden.
You can add a wall or fence that is up to 2 metres high without applying for planning permission, and then by adding trellis and fast growing climbing plants you can soon create a natural looking shaded area.
The types of floorings you choose is down to personal taste but a recommendation would be decking as it is warm, child/pet friendly and easy to maintain. It is also easy to lay in problem areas like sloping gardens and over tree roots as the supporting beams will overcome such problems.
What Plants To Use
By adding some climbing scented plants to your seating area the perfume from the flowers will enhance the sitting area. Think along the lines of Jasmines, honey suckles and clematis.
Consider lining the path ways with delicate lavenders, so when you brush past they release their scent. Then plant in between the lavenders, bush roses for a romantic feel.
Large pots planted with acers, grasses and spiky plants provide dramatic structure and movement. They are also easy to maintain and will not need to be watered or tended too as often as bedding plants, so if you go away you won’t turn to plants only fit for the compost bin.
If you are going to leave the furniture out all year round choose synthetic wicker or aluminium, both are durable and look good in both contemporary and traditional gardens.
Always buy the best you can afford cheaper versions will not last as long and are a false economy. They also will not be as comfortable, make sure the cushions are deep and have weather resistant covers.
Have a mixture of sitting choose a combination of benches, padded seats, hammocks, swinging chairs, bean bags and reclining beds.
Add some garden lights to the seating area so you can continue your entertaining outdoors long after the sun has gone down.