When placing a seat or bench in your landscape, “Create a sense of security around your bench,” Julie Moir Messervy writes in Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love(Taunton Press, 2009, page 161). She recommends creating a feeling of safe enclosure by placing a bench in front of a wall or hedge, or planting large shrubs or tall perennials or grasses behind it. An arbor or trellis structure gives the impression of shelter without blocking views. “The backdrop behind the seat serves to create the security and seclusion of a harbor and allows you to forget the outside world as you daydream there awhile.”
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The Home Outside Design Team regularly publishes articles on design tips, recent projects, and landscaping ideas. We seek to provide inspiration and guidance to those interested in landscape design.