The Romantic Garden, by Graham Rose
A Flowery Swing ...
What could add more to a romantic garden than a swing with flowers climbing up the ropes. It's not as difficult as it sounds. I found the idea in an old copy of The Romantic Garden, by Graham Rose. Basically, you simply have to add small wooden planting boxes to the sides of the wooden seat and fill the planters with suitable plants. Plants like morning glory or other annual vines would probably work best. Graham Rose suggested some perennial vines like clematis, but I suppose it would depend on the climate in which one is gardening. In the cold north, those plants would have to be removed in the winter. Annual vines would be easier, in my opinion, and wouldn't need as much soil or as large a planter on each side of the swing seat. And there is the weight to consider. This swing would likely be a design feature in the garden rather than a play thing for heavy swinging, but it's an interesting idea.
The Romantic Garden is full of interesting romantic gardening ideas. I bought my copy about 20 years ago as part of a Penguin series and it's found its way to the front of my gardening book case. It's beautifully illustrated and a wonderful resource for the romantic gardener in all of us..