Organic gardener and property developer PATRICIA HILL shares another of the gardening techniques she has used
FOR all types of garden, large or small, laid to lawn or the merest patio, there are many ways of making your outdoor space attractive to buyers, one of the easiest is buying a garden seat.
Buying a garden seat can be a good investment. As well as acting as a charming focal point to draw the eyes of visitors, it can be an effective and instant way to add an air of leisure and relaxation to any garden.
Garden benches can be bought in all sizes, shapes and materials to suit the style of your house and to suit various locations in the garden.
For an elegant addition to a lawned garden of a Victorian villa, there is nothing more enticing than a large wooden bench with curved slatted back, and arms at either end wide enough to hold a glass of wine.
Even the tiniest patio garden can be enhanced by one of those small, inexpensive but pretty little two-seater benches in wood and verdigris metal, available from most garden centres and DIY stores.
Add a large pot of mixed herbs at either end to create an immediate effect of fragrance and culinary delight.
More expensive, but requiring no upkeep are small stone benches which look good in almost any situation, including a front garden display.
I love those curved stone seats supported with griffins from Stancombe Stone available to order from many garden centres: they will enhance any spot, whether sheltered or sunny, large or small. Place two of them either side of a trickling fountain feature and what's not to love?
And of course, when you find the right buyer who has fallen in love with your garden, the seats can be taken with you to your new home, or sold as part of the negotiating package.
And don't forget that during all the laborious process of selling your home, and the time lapse between exchange and completion, you can take time out to relax and enjoy your garden seat in the meantime!
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