These are some favourite garden art chairs I photographed on garden tours. Most of them are simple ideas, but, as you’ll see, by adding a distinct colour of paint or turning the chair into a planter, they become wonderful focal points in the garden.
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It’s a simple idea, but a good one. Old wooden and metal kitchen chairs are super handy in the garden. Paint them to stand out and use them to hold flower planters or other garden art.
I gathered these ideas at home garden tours—my favourite way to find inspiration for my own garden.
1 Succulent Chair Planter
I love this chair. If you look closely, you can see the planter was created with chicken wire and some coir lining. Succulents are ideal because they don’t need a lot of depth to grow.
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2 Old Blue Kitchen Chair
3 Broken Chair Legs? Put it on a Fence!
4 Face Plant(er)!
5 Red Chair with Watering Can
6 Rustic Branch Chair
7 Turquoise Kitchen Chair in Garden
8 White Chairs with Purple & Pink Flowers
9 Rustic Bench with Creeping Jenny
10 Traditional Chunky White Metal
I don’t know if I’d call these garden art, but they’re small and uncomfortable so designating them as art is the only option left!
These were a staple in gardens for years and then seemed to disappear. For years I thought they were hideous but now I get a little nostaglic when I see them.
11 Lime Green Wooden High Chair
12 Wood Chair With Cutout For Flower Pot
This idea is very popular right now: cut out the seat of an old chair to hold the rim of a flower pot.
13 Wooden Yellow Chair
This milky yellow colour is a favourite of mine. I love how it contrasts with purple and red flowers.
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14 Rustic Twig Bench
Not exactly a chair, but this wood bench adds a rustic, cottage look to the garden.
15 Red Adirondack Chairs
I know some people love these chairs (“They’re so comfortable!”) but when I see them all I can think of is how hard it is to get in or out of them. That said, I love how you can use them to add bold colour to the garden like the red ones shown here.
16 Red Metal Vanity Chair
These old-fashioned metal chairs are not exactly comfortable but again, with the right paint colour, they make good garden art.
16 Made in the Shade
17 Blue Schoolhouse Chair
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This photo is actually from my old garden, taken approximately 15 years ago. I’d never seen a chair in a garden at that time but I didn’t have room for it in the house (and didn’t want to get rid of it) so it somehow found its way to the garden and stayed there. (I liked it there.)
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛