Croxted Road - DulwichScandinavian Patio, London
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6. Rustic terrace. To give a small-scale outdoor eating area a dose of woodland charm, swap folding chairs for tree stump stools. If you’re making your own (or asking for them from a local tree removal company), keep in mind that for comfortable seating, you’ll want a stump that’s 17 to 19 inches tall with a cut at the bottom to prevent wobbling.
8. Create crunch with gravel. A crunchy gravel drive can announce visitors and is low-maintenance, so it’s ideal for small front gardens or shady areas if you don’t want to worry about the upkeep of planted borders.You can still add leafy interest by including a few pots planted with colorful annuals, herbs, or even a small tree such as an olive or a bay laurel.Get the scoop on 5 types of gravel and stone
Weave in natural seating. There are various ways to create rustic seating. You can pick up old metal or wooden garden tables and chairs with a wonderful patina at flea markets and vintage shops. Or you could find local craftsperson-made wooden benches, tables and chairs. For a quick idea, why not use some large tree trunks for stools, as seen here? Don’t be afraid to mix and match different types of chairs. To enhance the seating area, add galvanized steel containers planted with trees or perennials.
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Personal cafe. A gravel-covered floor, rustic log seats and a simple cafe table make a charming spot to have a morning coffee or an afternoon croissant. Even if there is no ground to plant in, you can use a few large planters to bring in much-needed green.