Ideas Needed for the Patio

We recently took out the seating bench in the patio behind the Sanctuary (no one was using it), and are now looking for ideas on how to utilize or highlight that area. We can’t really put patio furniture or chairs there because the sap from the tree will ruin them–so we are somewhat limited. Give us your ideas.  Hopefully they can be financially manageable to make them a reality. Here are a couple ideas for starters:
1.  There has been a plant on a pedestal placed next to the bench, for some time now. One idea is to get maybe three plants on pedestals to fill in that area.
2.  A water feature would look really nice, or a bird bath with some moving water, but budgetary restrictions would be an issue.
Send your ideas to Jim S. or Bob S.  Thanks!