Sitting pretty

'What is life, if full of care we have no time to stand and stare?' So said Welsh poet W H Davies – and it's a good motto for gardeners. Take time out to simply enjoy being in the garden you've so lovingly created.

Seating in the garden in Poynings slows the pace, providing a spot to pause and take in the view, and there's a great range of benches and chairs in our garden centre. Here are just some of the designs.

Formal wooden seats: including the ever-popular Lutyens bench, these well-crafted early 20th century designs look fabulous in country gardens.

Wrought-iron: a Gothic design popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, with ornate backs and scrolled arms, these look wonderful in Victorian-style gardens.

Contemporary style: clean lines, minimalist shapes and cool colours mark out modernist benches and chairs in sleek wood or moulded plastic - perfect for chic city gardens.

Tree seats: built around the trunk, these octagonal benches enhance the tree as well giving you views around the garden.

Adirondack chairs: American-designed wooden chairs made for comfort, available in natural teak or painted.

Please ask the staff in our Poynings garden centre for more information and advice about choosing chairs and benches for your garden.

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