Like the rest of the population, we're huge fans of Monty Don and his stunning Instagram page. From beautiful flowerbeds to serene scenery, we've been inspired by all the garden design ideas we've seen – as well as being a little bit envious, of course.
Take his recent post, below, as an example: a cute little table and chair set-up hidden amongst wild planting, with the bright contrasting pops of red and blue standing out against all the greenery. We couldn't go without this opportunity to dream up some more beautiful garden seating ideas – and now we're sharing our favourites with you. Read on to see more…
Red table Monty Don (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @themontydon on Jul 21, 2020 at 12:06am PDT
1. Create a country-garden feel amongst wild planting
We love Monty Don's outdoor seating area for its secret garden vibes, and this design idea from Garden Trading (opens in new tab) carries on the theme. Create the look in your own space by styling an elegant bistro set against lush planting. We love the flush of purple in this sea of lavender, but you could also try planting wildflowers or creating a 'messy' border.
2. Go for contrast with a bold backdrop
Simple is sometimes better when it comes to gardens, and that's never been more true than in this image from Nordic House (opens in new tab). The pared-back white bistro set against a dark backdrop creates a monochrome contrast that elevates the look to another level, and we love the Scandi-style panelling and simple tablescape.
3. Add a pop of colour with your favourite primary shade
Your garden is the one place in your home that can take every colour under the sun (quite literally), so use your seating area as a playground for your imagination. We love the cheery yellow of this bistro set from Lime Lace (opens in new tab) – it'll brighten your day and give your garden a sunny feel, whatever the weather.
4. Enjoy Mediterranean style at home
If you're inspired by Monty Don's tranquil seating space but prefer tropical-style spaces to traditional English country gardens, we've got good news: you can bring a touch of the Mediterranean to your plot without stepping foot on a plane. This contemporary bistro set from Wayfair (opens in new tab), with its soft lines and matt finish, looks at home against a pink-red wall and terracotta paved floor. Surround your seating space with terracotta plant pots and tropical planting to get the look on a budget.
5. Go for a traditional look with a wicker design
A comfortable alternative to Monty Don's metal bistro set, this wicker design from Homebase (opens in new tab) makes for the perfect setup for an afternoon of lounging. Ideal for entertaining, having your seating area up near your house means you can easily add accessories – like festoon lights – to create an outdoor living room feel.
6. Small space? Opt for a compact seating area
If you don't have a sprawling outdoor space like Monty Don, don't fret: there are plenty of ideas for compact gardens so you can create an idyllic little seating spot however large your patch. Argos Home (opens in new tab) has some great options, including this multitasking bistro set, which folds away into a bench when not in use. Want more ideas for compact gardens? Head to our small garden ideas feature.
After a stint writing for true life titles, Ellen made her venture into the world of interiors magazines in 2017 on Real Homes magazine where she is now deputy editor. She's a fan of clever tips and tricks for renters, and has a special interest in sustainability in the home. While she's waiting for a garden to call her own, Ellen keeps herself busy with her collection of houseplants – 28 at the time of writing, but ever-growing. She also enjoys helping out at her grandad's allotment and has made friends with the local cat along the way.
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