For some of us, having a quiet place to sit and relax in the garden is the whole point of having a beautiful, outdoor space. These seating ideas come from various local garden tours and offer plenty of inspiration for your backyard.
For more also see 25 Planter Ideas for Porches and Front Gardens.
Inviting Outdoor Seating Areas
Whenever I go on home garden tours, I always look for certain things: plants, trees, and shrubs that work wonderfully together (obviously), garden junk/art, and somewhere to sit and dream. Not that I plan to do that while visiting gardens, but there’s something about a seating area that makes a garden an outdoor home.
Some seating areas are purely decorative, using furniture that would be neither cozy or encourage napping.
Others go for complete comfort, setting a perfect scene for a good book and better nap.
Have a look and see which ones you like best. The one at the top of the post (which you’ll see again from another viewpoint at the end of this post), is probably my favorite. Comfortable, secluded, surrounded by sweet smelling flowers. Oh ya.
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1 Lounge Chairs with Umbrella
This country garden had a blue theme running throughout it.
I also use the color blue throughout my garden. You can see a tour here.
2 Old Fashion Front Porch
There’s nothing like the shade of a nice big porch on summer day.
3 Flagstone Patio
This garden is in a small town. The owner bought the property just a few years earlier and transformed it from plain to wonderful.
Yellow and blue make a strong, cheerful color combination.
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4 Bistro Table and Chairs
I don’t know if you tell from the photo, but the flower pot is decoupaged with butterflies and wildflowers. Delightful!
You can get one-of-a-kind flower pots like this on Etsy.
5 Pool-Side Patio with Wicker Chairs
If you’re going to keep your patio cushions outside, be sure to get water-resistant ones like these ones.
6 Wood Chairs in Shade
This looks like the perfect spot to admire the garden and catch up on a good book.
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7 Rustic Shed with Long Bench
8 Bench on Shady Path
This garden had long winding paths and lots of rest spots along the way with good, solid garden benches.
9 Garden Bench with Sun Cover
I think this sun cover is calling out for vines!
10 Shed Deck with Potted Plants
I’m a big fan of putting collections together for a bigger impact in the garden.
Here they have a nice collection of potted plants plus some old oil cans all painted black.
11 Tree Branch Bench
I’m not sure if this one is sturdy enough for humans but it definitely looks pretty with the red flowers.
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12 Deck with Blue Theme
This bench provides storage, perhaps for cushions or some gardening supplies.
13 Garden Deck with Treasures
This garden was on a rural tour. It was quite unexpected to find so many plants and treasures on this deck next to the woods.
14 Front Porch Gathering Spot
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15 Wicker Chairs on Porch
The designer who owns this home kept to a black/white/grey country living style theme.
16 Deck with Shade Lattice
If you live in our region (Ontario, Canada), sun cover is essential.
We get hot, humid summer days and there’s no sitting outside unless you have a shady spot like this.
I’m not a big fan of gazebos. I think they are too pricey and offer an awkward sitting area. But some gardeners dream of them so who am I to judge?
18 Front Porch with Garden
This garden follows one important rule for great impact: make your borders deep and give plants room to breathe and grow.
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19 Red Chairs by Garden Pond
The choice of red for the chairs turns the sitting area into a lovely focal point next to the pond.
20 Large Covered Patio with Wisteria
Always make your deck or patio bigger than you think you need.
Often people plan for a patio table and chairs but don’t think about having room to sit together and chat or move around.
While I’m ranting, porches on newer houses are always too small for any meaningful use.
21 Open Deck with Modern Chairs
22 Covered Patio with Outdoor Kitchen
Lovely covered patio and how nice to have the cooking area built in with a sink and fridge.
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23 Vine Covered Gazebo
Now that’s a good shady spot!