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:
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?