Tips from Tours: Take a Seat in the Front Yard

Third of five posts.

It’s garden tour time, and I’ve been on five wonderful tours so far, with a couple of more on the docket. I love garden tours, both for finding beautiful gardens to feature in Northern Gardener and for finding tips and ideas to use in my own garden. This week, the Notes from Northern Gardener blog will include five tips picked up on recent tours. Here’s No. 3:

two chairs in front yard

How do you feel about front-yard seating?

Take a Seat in the Front Yard

Would you put a seating area in your front yard? It’s a question I’ve been pondering recently as I’m planning how to re-do the front garden design on my house. We don’t have a front porch per se or even a stoop. Currently, we have a red bench in front of our house, but the birds sit on it more than we do. So, I was interested to see this arrangement of chairs in the front yard of a south Minneapolis home on a garden tour.

The aqua blue color on the Adirondack chairs pops on the green grass and enhances the kind of beachy look of the awnings on the house. The beautifully pruned conifer behind the chairs completes the scene. This house was located on a not-too-busy street and the chairs faced east, meaning that the shade of the house would be on them in the evening. I think that might be a comfortable place to relax for a minute or two before dinner (maybe with an adult beverage), maybe greet your neighbors or just watch the world go by. This particular house and garden had a fantastic backyard patio/garden that was very secluded so there were alternative places to sit, if you were not feeling especially social.

What about you? Would you put seating in your front yard? If you have, do you use it?



  1. M J Cooney on August 2, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Yes I do, my gardens and the Mississippi is the view.

    • Mary Lahr Schier on August 2, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      That sounds like a fantastic view!

  2. L. Johnson on August 2, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    I think we’d have a better world if more houses had front porches. I raise my monarch caterpillars in front of my house so I’ll remember to check on them, plus it’s shady. I greet passers by as they go down the sidewalk on my street.

    • Mary Lahr Schier on August 3, 2018 at 2:45 am

      Great idea! I love front yard butterfly habitats!

  3. Marge Sagstetter on August 10, 2018 at 4:32 am

    We made a little flagstone patio just outside our front door. There is a bench and table that my husband made out of barnwood, a few throw pillows and a small urn bubbler. It is a great place to sit in the shade and water the garden, or just watch the walkers and traffic! I also love the color that the fountain and pillows add and the inviting look.

    • Mary Lahr Schier on August 10, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      Sounds wonderful!

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