Our columnist Kevin Lee Jacobs shows how he created a shade garden and a bit of woodland reverie in his garden, complete with an outdoor "dining room," and edged with three seasons of flowering plants.
As for seating, I chose two comfortable, slanted-back Adirondack-style chairs, and placed them next the pond. A small wooden table, placed between the two chairs, is useful for holding drinks.
Although a hammock seemed appropriate for this restful place, I failed to find one in an unobtrusive color. Consequently I settled for the next best thing—a slatted wood swing. The swing is suspended between two strong maple trees. It overlooks a bed of New York ferns (Thelypteris noveboracensis), interplanted with pink and red Primula japonica.