Cedar - So we had to cut a very large tree down, so instead of turning it into fire wood we turned it into a patio. We love it. We used inch slabs of western red cedar, laid on a base of rock and sand, with inch crushed rock in between.
I had a couple stem broken wine glasses. Use dollar store stemware or repurpose broken stemware. put glass down in plant and place a candle inside, use a citronella to keep bugs away or battery operated of children are around.
Modern planter bench Instead of legs, this bench sits on a pair of oversize ceramic pots. This makes it easier to build and more appealing than your average bench. New Zealand flax enlivens the redwood bench perched on large ceramic pots.
I love the idea of a formal vegetable garden. It Italianate--but with cabbage and herbs mixed in. "formal walled vegetable garden with cabbage, cardoon and espalier pear, august rofford manor, oxfordshire"