As I weave my way through our garden-clad neighborhood, there’s one thing in particular that stands outside time and time again. While it’s true that the newest flower in blossom is a definite showstopper, it’s not the one thing I find myself attracted to these days. It’s something that’s even more uniquely personal to each lawn, and that is using art in the landscape.
While we are quick to add artwork to our clean walls and accessories to our empty shelves, it seems that garden art remains a concept that is catching on. Adding visual interest to the landscape through the use of sculpture, ceramics or fountains is a great way to add a creative feel to your lawn. Below are 12 different thoughts that to do just that.
Unique benches. An interesting bench similar to this one is sure to capture some enthusiastic comments, along with a few lounge-worthy pals. The giant green leaves fit in perfectly with the lush surrounding foliage. I think I know what’s next in my garden wish list. Oh — and that water-spitting frog is magic, also.
JSL Exteriors Landscape Design/Build
Gazing balls. Also known as”lawn globes,” these mirrored spheres might appear somewhat strange to some. During the Victorian era, servants used the mirrored ball as a clever means to test on guests throughout their foods. Ever since I heard this, I have found them to be visually interesting.
Lisa Borgnes Giramonti
Mirrors. These light-reflecting beauties present a new level of whimsy to any outdoor living area. This one is slung low to the floor, giving the area a laid back, easygoing vibe. Increase the appeal of your favourite container garden by putting one directly behind it. .
Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture
Stones. This spiral of stones is quick to draw the eye. An identical pattern could look great under a large birdbath or gazing ball and can easily be acquired on a much smaller scale too.
Paul Moon Design
Birdbaths. Multi-tiered bathrooms are the most visually appealing, thanks to their added height. Draw attention to a gorgeous birdbath by centering it within recurrent groups of varying plants and rocks.
Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture
Urns. Commonly made from glazed ceramic, big urns are a superb way to add color and sheen to your landscape. Although they do not typically offer much in the terms of functionality, they do a wonderful job of including a punch of color to an otherwise dull corner.
Erin Lang Norris
Birdhouses. These small backyard abodes are usually constructed of wood, which makes them great candidates for quick and easy paint jobs. I paint mine using oil paint and although there are longer-lasting paints, so I do not pay much attention to just how much sunlight the oil will endure. Odds are likely I’ll tire of this color before it fades anyway.
AMS Landscape Design Studios, Inc..
Fountains. These moving water beauties offer simultaneous stability for both the eyes and the ears. A few hundred stones plus a kettle and a water heater and you’ve got yourself a fountain. See a very helpful DIY tutorial .
Daryl Toby – AguaFina Gardens International
Raked Patterns. Exotic gardens are a soothing way to add variety and relaxation to a plant-heavy landscape, and are reasonably straightforward to make. The textures made by rakes are most admirable in the morning and night hours, as the shadows would be the deepest during that time.
Salvaged Items. I can practically guarantee this industrial sized fan is the only one on the cube, and very possibly the only one in the entire city, or even county. Salvaged items are an enjoyable way to add charisma to any landscape, and looking for the ideal piece is half the pleasure.
Bricks. Salvaged bricks appear to be more and more challenging to come by with each passing day, and they’re worth picking up whenever they become available. The smallest assortment of bricks will yield some interesting patterns in the garden. If you’re worried about weeds, then use mortar between them.
Sculptures. Metallic work in the garden is always a welcome sight and it’s a good way to enhance the natural sense a garden already has. This heron fits in perfectly with its surroundings, although there are a number of other options when introducing metal art. GI Designs has many offerings in the means of garden sculptures.
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