Back again, and looking for further advice....
I've shed much blood, sweat, and tears installing this bench into the garden, and though it's not yet finished (left side needs cleaning up, and I need to buy a couple more bags of stone to level things up. I digress...) I'm actually thinking about what to plant around - and behind - the bench so that, over the years, it matures to create a welcoming area to retreat to during a hot summer's day...
My idea, and I welcome the feedback/abuse, is:
a) Two large pots, located at the rear left & right of the bench, with some sort of rose in each. I like the pots Woodlodge are producing on behalf of the National Trust..
b) Lavender, planted up both sides of the stone area
c) A wisteria, wired to the wall, behind the bench centrally. I'd probably buy a mature one to ensure immediate impact.
d) Another pot either side of the bench at the front of the stone area. No idea what to put in these....
Look forward to hearing your views.