Beautiful Garden Ornaments

by April Reinhardt
(last updated December 29, 2017)

Perhaps you've visited a neighborhood with manicured lawns and lovely gardens, and have noticed beautiful garden ornaments. When you assess your own garden, you think how much more attractive it could be with pleasing garden ornaments. So, you go to your local garden center and choose an elegant piece of statuary, and several smaller pieces, and install them in your garden. Then you stand back and realize with dismay that the pieces look out of place and gaudy, detracting from the beauty of the plants.

When purchasing garden ornaments, some gardeners make the common mistake of inappropriate quantity and size. They tend to burden their gardens with too many pieces placed haphazardly, or one focal piece that is too small. The rule of thumb for beautiful garden ornaments is usually that less is more, and statuary should be size-appropriate.

Follow these simple guidelines for choosing and displaying beautiful garden ornaments:

  • Consider the overall style of your garden and home, and choose complimentary pieces. If you have a small ranch house, a large statue would look vulgar and ornate.
  • Think of your garden as a blank wall in your home. You wouldn't haphazardly hang pictures before making a plan based on size and color. The same rule applies for placing garden ornaments. Don't place so many garden ornaments that clutter is the first thing you see.
  • Place garden ornaments inconspicuously. While a large focal ornament or statue makes a bold statement, there is a simple delight in strolling through a garden to find a small cherub statue or a gazing ball peeking from underneath the leaf of a Hosta.

There are endless garden ornaments and landscape accents available to gardeners. Peruse garden catalogs, visit garden and home improvement centers, and research them online. Here is a short list of just some of the beautiful garden ornaments available:

  • Whimsical statues
  • Topiaries
  • Plant towers
  • Armillary
  • Bird feeders
  • Water fountains
  • Solar lighting
  • Carved soapstone
  • Bird baths
  • Gazing balls
  • Wrought iron benches
  • Celestial globes

By no means is that an exhaustive list. Within each ornament category, there are subcategories. Take the time to plan how your garden will look with landscape accents, and decide if the ones you choose will work harmoniously with your garden. Beautiful garden ornaments should also accent and never detract from the tranquility of your garden.

Author Bio

April Reinhardt

An admin­istrator for a mutual fund man­age­ment firm, April deals with the writ­ten word daily. She loves to write and plans to author a memoir in the near future. April attend­ed More­head State Uni­ver­sity to pursue a BA degree in Ele­men­tary Edu­ca­tion. ...

MORE FROM APRIL

Japanese Gardening

Japanese gardening takes more thought and planning than conventional gardening because you want to create an almost ...

Discover More

Cleaning Your Air Ducts

Although you can call a professional to clean your air ducts, be prepared to pay a hefty price for a chore that you can ...

Discover More

Baked Pork Chops with Asparagus Casserole

If you want to save time, cook your pork chops for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, and then reduce the heat to 325 degrees and ...

Discover More
More Gardening Tips

Planting and Caring for Ornamental Grasses

If you are looking to add a little depth, dimension, and texture to your landscaping, then ornamental grasses are the way ...

Discover More

Dealing with Pampas Grass

When you want it, pampas grass can be an extremely attractive ornamental grass for your yard and landscaping. If you ...

Discover More

Creating a Woodland Garden

While many people may think that living in a heavily wooded area means that there is going to be little to no gardening, ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is five less than 7?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)