For many, a garden is an addition of the house; a living area to be beautified just like they would want to decorate the interior of their house. Much of the beauty, both in their eyes and those of the passer-by and visitor, comes from a garden layout, the plants and flowers, the bushes, the terraces, plus the grass. This kind of beauty can be brought to life with the wildlife and butterflies that visit the garden. It can also be enhanced by the choice and wise utilization of outdoor garden decor.
Different types of Outdoor Garden Decor
There are many kinds of outdoor garden decor you can consider when designing or enhancing your garden. The use of the word ‘decor’ is traditionally used for the decoration of a home interior, incorporating everything from the home furniture to the paint on the wall, as well as the fabrics used for drapes and bedding. There is no reason that a garden, an expansion of the home living space, shouldn’t also be considered in the same way.
You could argue that all of the flowers and plants in a garden are decor; actually, I would not even argue. You are trying to create a beautiful entity in which you can spend leisure time, and which provides aesthetic pleasure when you look out of your window, relax in the summer sunshine, or arrive home from a concrete jungle.
However, for the purpose of this post, we will look at outdoor garden decor being the ornamentation added to the garden plants, shrubs and flowers for both functional and artistic reasons. When that is done, then garden decor falls into a variety of popular kinds or themes, and all are worth considering.
Fountains and Waterfalls
The use of water in a garden with no natural water feature can greatly improve it. Most appreciate both the look and sound of water, and it’s definitely an aid to relaxation. I’m sure I am not the only person in the world who finds it relaxing sitting or strolling by water.
Artificial garden fountains and waterfalls will make an impressive impact on your garden, either as standalone features or included in a larger water garden and are well worth considering to help transform your garden into a complete outdoor haven.
Garden Statues and Ornaments
With a long traditional background, statues have stood the test of time being a popular decor item. Though classic statues were on a remarkable scale, for public sites or stately homes and country estates, they’ve found their own niche as outdoor garden decor in the modern and smaller garden.
Garden sculptures come in many designs and styles, some of them pursuing historic and traditional traditions, like cherubs and angels. Alternative popular subjects include animals, such as domestic dogs and cats, and wildlife such as lions and frogs.
Small statues, which some might call garden ornaments, are also offered for those of us with small gardens, without space for the larger sculptures you may see in large country gardens.
Garden Containers or Planters
An important characteristic of any garden, especially those with patios, terraces or very little visible soil, would be the containers or planters used to house some of your plants. Container gardening is a type of gardening in its own right, and you will find many books on the subject to choose the very best plants to cultivate in a confined planter.
When it comes to the planters on their own, then you will find, just like statues, a wide range of designs, made from a selection of materials. You’ll find attractive containers in concrete, Firestone, fiberglass and plastic-type material; if you like the ruddy shade of terracotta, that can be used successfully in both elegant or casual outdoor garden decor.
Planters, employed properly, can also add height and contour around areas of the garden that might seem unwelcoming, and they can certainly bring a deck or patio to life.
Other Outdoor Garden Decor Possibilities
Truly, there’s no end to the possibilities of what you can use to brighten the garden. For specific holidays, like Christmas and Valentine’s Day, you might find ornaments and decorations to hang outside or stick in the ground. There are other types of decor which may be multipurpose, with a practical or ornamental use. Types of these are decorative bird houses or garden lighting effects.
Allow your imagination some flexibility as you design your garden, discover from checking out public gardens, plus what you see online, in magazines and surrounding you, and I’m positive you are able to create a unique mix of outdoor garden decor and plantings which will be the envy of your friends and neighbors, and provide you with pleasure as long as you live there.