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Fill Garden Gaps with Outdoor Decor

Creative ornaments add color, motion, light and pizzazz

Spray-painted alliums

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.

Landscaping Ideas

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.

Morning Glory Lights

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:

Bamboo fountain

Trickling water brings serenity to intimate spaces and helps mask neighborhood noise.

Painted daisies in ferns

Daisy Bouquet Stakes bloom year round and add a pop of color to ferns and shady garden corners.

Stone ramp

Bright colors, such as the blue in these pots, draw the eye through the landscape.

Stone owls

A family of stone owls anchors the end of a stone wall and serves as a focal point against green groundcovers and shrubs.

Water bowl

Still water with floating glass orbs reflects light and makes a small space seem larger.

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