Planter Benches

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Maybe you just want to sit near your recently planted flowers or you want to use the bench for assistance in kneeling to pull weeds, but either way, you will appreciate these planter benches. Just like the name, they are benches, with planters behind them. Two in one. A fun project or a comfortable and peaceful place to sit and enjoy your handywork.

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Landscape

Landscape

Ever tried planter benches in your garden? If not, then now might be the best time. It’s a great cross between practical garden furniture and some planting space. Wooden construction makes them durable and elegant.

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Double bench flower box set

Double bench flower box set

Your garden have to be comfy too! With the double bench flower box set you will do that! Trust me, it's nicely finished and high quality.

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Deck planter bench

Looking for a bench that would spruce up your ambiance? Well, you need to consider this 3-tiered triangular planter bench with natural finish and and fabulous style.

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Ribble Planter Bench - recycled plastic

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Movable privacy fence on casters with built in planters could

movable privacy fence on casters with built in planters (could also be a bench)

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Diy planter bench

Fantastic bench for the summer evenings on the veranda. It is constructed of cedar wood, includes cuttings, which adds natural colors. It has a modern dimension and is very spacious.Inspired by the use of wooden pallets in arrangements.

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Arm rest planter bench

Arm Rest Planter Bench

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Contemporary garden ipe bench ipe planter outdoor bench pergola

... Contemporary garden ipe bench Ipe Planter outdoor bench pergola

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Custom planter box benches

Custom Planter Box Benches

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Planter benches

planters, benches and trellises

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Planter Benches

Buying Guide

The best material and color for planter benches are hard and softwood in natural finishes because they blend seamlessly with the outdoor environment. As a raw material, wood is easy to work with and has natural coloring, yet some types are more durable than others for holding up to harsh outdoor weathering.

For the ultimate in durability and resistance to weather, look for cypress or teak materials in light to dark honey shades. The natural oils found in these materials act as a preservative, keeping your planter bench looking better, longer. It also creates an ideal, safe environment for growing plants by being resistant to rot and decay. These oils also act as a natural pest repellent to protect your plants.

Also, consider redwood for low maintenance and long-term durability for a planter bench. Redwood needs sealing to prevent cracking and lock in the natural reddish colors, which can turn grey if left untreated.

Softwoods, such as cedar and pine, need constant attention to keep from decaying in the natural outdoor elements. Choose these if you don’t mind adding stain every so often to avoid rotting.

There are three options to choose from when it comes to finding the best spot for a planter bench.

Firstly, planter benches should be placed in open areas so they can be seen and admired. Secondly, place them along a garden fence for a more formal look. And lastly, place them anywhere in the garden where you can sit comfortably.

The thing to keep in mind when choosing the perfect spot for your planter bench is that it will actually hold your plants (so obvious but often forgotten!) and, thus, depending on the type of your plants, you will need different amount of sunlight. For this reason, if you have plants that enjoy exposure to the sun, such as lavender, butterfly weed, and Russian sage, your planter bench should be placed in direct sunlight. Alternatively, Foxglove, Primrose, and Dead nettle really enjoy the shade and if you have these, place your planter bench in shady parts of the garden.

If you've recently invested in planter benches, then you'll want to fill them with plants that grow well and look good inside these attractive containers. There are a few evergreen options that provide an all-year-round feature in your planter benches. This saves you time on replanting annual flowers, and the bonus is that they don't need much maintenance.

Some of the best options for evergreen plants include Dwarf Cherry Laurel, Pittorsporum varieties, and Arborvitae. For quick-growing options, bamboo makes a suitable and lush foliage choice. For more colorful options, Myrtle Spurge and Golden Breath of Heaven will make your planter benches pop with color and vibrancy.

If you're going for a simple or minimalist look, then green foliage like dark green Mexican Orange, and Chartreuse Japanese forest grass are highly recommended. Alternatively, those who want to make their planter benches not just aesthetically appealing but functional as well should consider going for herbs, veggies and berries such as parsley, thyme, chives, and tarragon.

Blueberry and raspberry plants are also a great alternative but do require a bit more planting space. However, if you've got a planter bench that's at least 24 inches deep, these varieties will thrive.

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