Hard core gardeners are often totally focused upon the plants and vegetables they grow. This is natural and for the better as you should always build your space around the living things within it. That said, backyards are great for entertaining and a good garden furniture set can be an amazing boost for any house. The key is to integrate your furniture well with your plants and vegetables.
Every garden has its own individual look and feel. This comes from the plants, the climate and the personality of the gardener. When selecting furniture it is important to take this into account and buy items that look and feel right. For instance, if you love an overgrown space you should consider picking up rustic wrought iron tables and chairs. On the other hand, if you adore French gardens you should find pieces that are minimalistic and modern.
It is also important to allow your plants and vegetables to grow alongside the furniture. This means placing pieces close to plants and vegetable plots – this will allow chairs and tables to take on the personality of the garden. It will also help make your guests feel like they are in your garden, rather than viewing it from afar. Of course, you need to consider the growing conditions of your plants and vegetables first, so be sure to avoid putting pieces anywhere that they might inhibit growth or damage existing plants.
Finally, be sure not to clutter your garden with furniture. You need just enough pieces to seat and entertain your guests, but you don’t want them to take over the whole area. After all, your garden should be primarily about beautiful plants and vegetables – furniture is simply a handy addition you can build off the side. It will help you make your backyard that much better, just be sure to select it carefully lest it ruin your beautiful garden.
Keep your garden furniture clean and take care of it, and it will last a lot longer. The University of Nebraska extension agency has this comprehensive advice for maintenance.