Use unusual objects as planters. You can use nearly anything as a planter. I have seen wheelbarrows, used rowboats, and even kitchen sinks used as planters. When you are turning an unusual item into a planter, be sure to cut or drill drainage holes into the bottom so that your plants don't drown. Also if there are kids around be sure that there is no peeling paint. Many older items have lead based paint on them and you don't want kids in that.
Reusing antique garden structures. One of my favorite things to see reused is a cast iron garden arch. These are very durable and you can still find ones that are a hundred years old. If you use any kind of arch in your garden make sure it either follows a path, or leads into a new part of your garden for the best effect.
Another great item to reuse (if you can find it) is an old garden bench or bistro set. The old ones were built more sturdily than they are today, and you will find that with a little refinishing they can really make your garden stand out.
Use kitchen chairs as garden furniture. If you can pick up some kitchen chairs at a garage sale, they make great garden accents, just be sure to polyurethane them in a matte finish so they don't fall apart on you.
Decorating your garden in a rustic style is fun and creative.
With a garden being nature's bequest, a clever decorator adds character to the garden in organic style. It seems backward to have plastic in an area that has been created for live plants and flowers. Rustic garden furniture is a striking choice, some made from a variety of woods. Metal furniture will also allow it to keep its rustic notion.
Garden furnishings made of wood are sturdy and blends into the natural canvas of the great outdoors; wood ages naturally and smells distinct. Wood furniture is many times made by hand, presenting the opportunity to have a piece custom-made. Beautifully sculpted dining sets, benches, and swings, put the finishing touch. Handmade wood fittings are not hammered together using perfectly angled two-by-fours, but each board has its own contour and personality from a first cutting.
Metal furniture presents its own rustic accent, but in a more modern style. With a larger choice of colors and elaborate designs, metal is very popular. This is strong furniture but also light enough to be moved around the area. There is a diverse selection of arches, chairs, and tables. A strong feature of metal fittings is how many different ways the rungs are fashioned and assembled.
Everything imaginable can be achieved when adding to the natural quality of a garden. A calming picture would be friends and family gathered around a rustic dining table with the aroma of flowers wafting through the field and mixing with the smell of delicious food. To look out over the landscape, one would see an arbor grown-up in ivy, and in the distance, a rustic bridge. Additional planters and several bird feeders pepper the flourishing scenery, with benches tucked in corners. This painting should be titled "Earthy Feelings".
It is very relaxing to sit at a bistro table and sip coffee in a garden, this environment is also an excellent place to hold a meeting. Rustic fittings are not limited to residential areas, but is very popular in public places too. Others are bringing garden furniture into their sun rooms to create a similar effect, or using it for decor in log homes.
Rustic furnishings offer texture and charm to any setting, whether the area is small or large. Staying on the nature path when decorating a landscape is impressive, there's furniture perfect for each spot. A trellis or gazebo will accent the project, as can the traditional picnic table.