How To: Style a Bench

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all are having a great week so far! It is Thursday and that means many of you are daydreaming about the weekend already. Well to cure your mid-week blues, I hope to inspire you with a little backyard design tips...

Recently on a Facebook gardening group I saw someone inquiring about how to make their new backyard bench feel welcoming and less stark. It was fresh cedar and was just placed on the edge of their brick patio looking a little naked. All it needed was a little dressing up, so here I am going to give you all just a few hints and tips you can take to your own gardens. We also just happen to have this lovely locally made cedar bench in the store (yes it is for sale!) However, these tips would also work for dressing up a front entryway or porch with french doors.

This arrangement channels a bit of a country or cottage feel with the loose, flowing foliage and bright flower colours. To have that effortless "undone" feel, the key is to make it not symmetrical and yet balanced. Our pre-made flowering planters have coordinating colours of yellow Creeping Zinnia, white Calibrachoa & Diamond Frost Euphorbia, coral New Guinea Impatiens, green/burgundy Coleus and Papyrus.

We are going to be using:

  • Three of our pre-made mixed flowering planters (2 & 3).

  • One #5 Pampas Grass 'Ivory Feathers' (1)

  • Two #1 Northern Lights Tufted Hair Grasses (4)

  • Plant stand

  • One grey fibre-crete container

  • Two grey/black plastic containers

First of all you always want to layer your plants back to front, with the largest pieces in the back or on a plant stand. We placed the Pampas Grass in a gorgeous fibre-crete planter in a neutral shade of light grey. Then we placed our larger flowering container (2) on this lovely weather-resistant plant stand. This balances out the height, without making them symmetrical - not that symmetrical is bad, just not what we were going for.

Offset each planter from one another in a somewhat staggered manner, so you can get a sneak peak of the beautiful containers behind each one. The smallest planter will be in the front with the Tufted Hair grasses. The grasses are great because being perennial, they will come back next year or could be transplanted somewhere else in your yard in the fall. They are also interesting visually without being busy with colour - like another set of potted flowers would. I am also a fan of these, because they transition well to an autumn look!

Similarly on the left side, we placed a pre-made flowering planter, but side-by-side with the Tufted Hair grass. Again, this mirrors the right side without being symmetrical.

Voila! A welcoming and chic bench which just beckons to be sat on! Like I said above, this setup would look just as great flanking a front door on a porch. All in all, it only took 15 minutes to put this together be