The word "bench" is a simple one but it covers a huge variety of furniture for outdoor use. You can use an outdoor bench to sit on, to store things in and to provide height for groups of potted plants. At the front of your house, a sturdy cast iron bench on the porch adds curb appeal and a place to watch the world go by. A patio bench with a storage compartment makes practical use of limited space. You can protect chair cushions and pool accessories from wet weather.
You can find garden bench designs inspired by traditional park benches. Look for wood versions or durable plastic ones. For dining in tight spaces, there are folding bench seats. These are perfect for setting up against a garden wall, providing space for three or four people. Make pretty spaces into practical spaces by adding a garden bench.