Set a Spell

Relax with decorative garden benches

By Rick Cozza, The Italian Gardener

I was sitting on one of my benches in the front yard this morning, waiting for the dog to finish barking at a squirrel, and I thought about how much they add to my yard. Don’t have any benches? I didn’t either not long ago, but now I have added two in the front, one on the side yard, one in the back, and a low wall with higher spots for sitting. Yep, that’s a lot, but I love them.

This $40 bench can be created with an assortment of items.
This $40 bench can be created with
an assortment of items.

So, even if you’re satisfied with your yard (I never seem to be), let’s talk about adding a bench somewhere where you’d like to sit and enjoy the birds, the quiet of the garden, whatever. They don’t have to be elaborate or expensive, and sometimes ‘funky’ is okay too.

This funky garden bench adds a bit of whimsy to the garden.
This funky garden bench adds a bit
of whimsy to the garden.
An iron bench graced the backyard of my former Old Orchard home.
An iron bench graced the backyard
of my former Old Orchard home.

See? They can be as simple as nine wall blocks and two top pieces. I call this the $40 bench, and the pieces come from anywhere. This one is from my former house in Old Orchard, and yes, it was once on the Garden Tour, so functional can also be attractive. Go a bit more into the traditional, and you have this little wrought-iron gem (funky is the word) with the two owners immortalized in iron. It isn’t the owners in reality, but they liked to think it was. These iron benches (I have two simple ones along my front walk) are from Lily’s at Levis Commons. Tell Judy that The Italian Gardener sent you. Here is one of my front wrought-iron benches when it graced my backyard in Old Orchard. I got a second one for the new house, and they sit across from one another along the front walk.

 relaxing bench at my daughter’s house.
relaxing bench at my daughter’s
house.
This bench was created for a customer with 2x4 treated lumber.
This bench was created for a
customer with 2×4 treated lumber.

A totally relaxing little bench at my daughter’s house. Just sitting in the garden can be a real treat . . . so use a bench to slow the world down a bit. I got it for her when they moved in years ago. Simple 2×4 treated lumber, added to a customer’s yard. Anyway, you get the idea, and the simplicity of it. Try it. Set a spell!