People create and maintain their gardens for many different reasons but relaxation is surely near the top of the list. As a retreat for relaxation and contemplation, peaceful gardens with seating areas are a ‘must have’ component in our view.
Whether your garden design is on a grand scale or perhaps a tiny courtyard or roof terrace, with a bit of thought, you can create an oasis of calm by using clever planting and screening for privacy.
Here we are showcasing some of our favourite garden seating area designs, some are images we’ve collected ourselves during our travels to inspiring gardens and others have been sent to us by happy customers. There is surely something here to inspire your creativity whilst planning your outside space.

Hedges For Protection
The geometric trimming of this Yew Hedge provides a screen and  good protection for the occupants of this oak bench at Bateman’s, providing a contemplative space to view the water lily pond and the millhouse beyond.

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Bench enclosed by Yew Hedging at Bateman’s


Plants Suitable For Pots
By colour co-ordinating the planting with the limewashed terracotta walls, this sunny protected corner is the perfect spot for afternoon tea and a good read…

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Co-ordinate colours when using plants for pots to bring life to a seating area


Garden Rooms
By creating rooms within your garden, be sure to include those secret corners where you can rest for a while. Using plants with various shades of green, creates a calm relaxing place, evergreen climbers and topiary set the mood

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Creating Calmness In The Garden
The sound of running water and the myriad of greens can’t help but create an atmosphere of serenity…

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Wrought Iron Bench overlooking the lily pond


Bamboo screening provides privacy for the dining area of this Central London garden. In urban gardens, where space is at a premium, privacy and screening are of paramount importance. Bamboo will grow tall without taking up precious lateral space.

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Bamboo Screening provides privacy for this dining area in a Central London garden


Contemporary Gardens 
Often minimalist in design, contemporary gardens make use of architectural plants to create impact. In this garden, our customer used a woodland planting scheme for privacy along the boundary, with dramatic planting of hardy palms to frame the seating area.

Contemporary Garden seating area using architectural plants to buy online UK

Contemporary Garden seating area using architectural planting

Al Fresco Dining
On warm summer evenings, dining outside with friends is one of life’s pure pleasures. This beautiful stone table comfortably seats 14 diners, when creating a space like this remember to plant trees nearby to offer dappled shade. Surround your seating area with plenty of evergreen shrubs and trees – a myriad of greens creates a calm and soothing environment. Planting fragrant climbers that will entwine with the trees will create a heavenly scent at night, we suggest Honeysuckle Halliana and evergreen, Star Jasmine 

Al fresco dining area, garden design ideas from Paramount Plants, London UK

Al Fresco Dining Table

Our expert team at Paramount Plants can advise you when considering creating a seating area and can suggest which plants to buy for your garden:

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