Fill Garden Gaps with Outdoor Decor
Creative ornaments add color, motion, light and pizzazz
Artistic representations of flowers give gardens a touch of whimsy. In the garden at left, the allium seedheads were allowed to dry and then coated with a bright coat of paint.If you don't have allium seedheads, consider Everlasting Alliums, at right, which have a similar effect.
Flowers are the stars of the garden, but what do you do when a plague of beetles, drought or neglect knocks out a section in the border? Experienced gardeners know that it helps to have a few well-chosen ornaments on hand. Garden art gives your space personality and true perennial pleasure — up close or from a drive-by distance.
Solar-powered Morning Glory Lights
Choose pieces that fit your garden's theme or character: playful or serene, spare or eclectic, colorful or color-themed. Determine whether the pieces will be viewed from the street, a footpath, porch or window. Bright colors, light reflection, movement and large, bold pieces are good attributes for distance viewing and public garden spaces. In smaller, more intimate gardens, choose decor that matches the scale, with subtler color, sound, size and motion.
Next time you feel your garden needs "a little something", consider a well-placed ornament or sculpture. Here are some ideas to get you inspired:
Trickling water brings serenity to intimate spaces and helps mask neighborhood noise.
Daisy Bouquet Stakes bloom year round and add a pop of color to ferns and shady garden corners.
Bright colors, such as the blue in these pots, draw the eye through the landscape.
A family of stone owls anchors the end of a stone wall and serves as a focal point against green groundcovers and shrubs.
Still water with floating glass orbs reflects light and makes a small space seem larger.