Using Structure in the Garden

Using Structure in the Garden

Any garden design worth its salt looks just as good, if not better, in the dormant autumn and winter months.  As the leaves drop off the trees, it is the shape of branches and dried seed heads that come to the fore.  A few dried grasses add dynamism and a carefully constructed herbaceous border can be a really vibrant colour palette from silvers and pale golds, through red and purple berries, to those dark barks that appear almost black.

Using Structure in the Garden

Of course structure is not just the elements that grow in the garden, but walls, paths, pergolas and arches, garden buildings and of course metal garden furniture.  This final element, from your metal patio table and chairs to a well positioned metal garden bench, has the supreme advantage of being moveable.  By its very nature, garden furniture is both intransient in that it doesn’t decay, and transient in that you can play around with it at different times of the year.

Using Structure in the Garden

Since you don’t usually use an aluminium dining table in the winter months (too cold by far!), you might want to reposition it, perhaps against a wall, where it will provide a great surface for display.  You might want to use a dining set to dress a barren patio however.  It will stop the area from looking barren.   Different areas of the garden come into their own in the winter months.  Early morning sunshine gets into areas that are shaded in the growing season.  Perhaps you can take advantage by moving your outdoor seating around a bit.   Whatever you do, make the most of this adaptable element in your garden structure or metal garden furniture.

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