Garden benches are nowadays an accessory that practically all gardens have. There are garden benches of various materials available like metal garden benches, plastic garden benches and wooden garden benches. Wood garden benches, a popular mainstay of patios and garden, are low maintenance and usually pretty easy to clean. The wood garden benches are available in various types of wood, like sheesam, bamboo, oak, teak, pine and other types of wood. Whatever the type of wood used for the garden bench, if the bench is made of tropical wood like teak and mahogany, make sure to ask if the wood used for the bench is plantation grown. This is because wood harvested from endangered rain forests cause a great environmental impact due to its usage. Plantation grown woods are raised specially for the use of furniture, and exert less of an environmental impact. Heirloom benches are available, and are found in various styles of varying designs, finishes, colors and shapes. The main difference that can be seen here is in the shape of the back, arms and legs.