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Hard and Soft Landscaping Around Seating Areas

Hard and Soft Landscaping Around Seating Areas

Seating convinces customers to linger.  Retailers often provide seating indoors and outdoors because research shows that customers who linger will buy more.  Lingering isn’t a bad thing- the more people on your commercial location, the more popular your business looks.  This perception can draw in new clientele as well as keep current customers returning.

photo of outdoor seating

Sun and Shade Patterns

When considering potential seating areas it’s important to note the sun and shade patterns of each part of the landscape.  An expert can help you to find a balance of light and shaded refuge.  When utilising trees as a source of shade, consider whether the sex and tree type sheds flowers, seeds, seed pods or leaves throughout the year.  This is important when factoring in maintenance.

Contemplate the hardscape surrounding your store, and where it’s best to place seating. Seat walls can provide respite without taking up a lot of space.  Built in seating solves the space, maintenance and cost issues that arise from temporary garden furniture.  Seat walls can exist organically through raised sections of patio, wide extensions of large tree planters, and stepped seating.  If furniture is desired, a set of bespoke benches can complement the landscape with character and style.

Seating Considerations for Soft and Hard Landscaping

A dramatic modern approach sympathetic of landscape designers Charles Jencks or Andre Le Notre would provide stark contrasts to the seating structures with clean controlled geometrical planes and manicured, uniquely formed plants, fountains or sculptures.

garden patio minimalistic with patio chair

Perhaps gentle sculpting and less of a manicured look is more aligned with your interests.  A graduated landscaping technique which layers trees with plants, shrubs and grasses to flank your seating will support a transitional, natural approach to design.

patio outside with trees and a table with chairs

How to Introduce a Sensory Element

Simply put, sensory elements incorporate the five senses.  Touch, for example, may include the feel of a seating area or the cool shade of strategically planted trees.  Visual appeal may incorporate manicured trees or plants, fountains or sculptures.

fountain with water falling from it

Earth, heated stone, wood chips and flowering shrubbery create a scent, while certain barriers and flowing water can introduce or inhibit sounds.  Taste is even incorporated into sensory design, such as herb gardens and fruit bearing trees.

Whatever you decide, your seating environment will create a focal point of natural separation for your outdoor space.  Depth, view, shade, and sensory elements all help incorporate detail and unique character into your hard and soft landscape.

For questions about our hard or soft landscaping services, contact Ground Control today.