Shrubs and flowers are not the only things that you can put in your garden, so add some visual interest with some other garden decorating ideas. No matter what style of gardening you prefer, whether you like neatly groomed beds or a more lush, overgrown look, bring some life to your garden with a few decorative elements.
Gallery of Garden Decorating Ideas
Instead of a tree swing, how about hanging something more grown up (but equally fun)? This inverted papasan chair base serves as an innovative place to hang curtain panels, so you can create a sweet, shaded garden getaway.
Drop bold plants singly into separate containers. Keep most of the pots in the same color range ? golden browns, for instance ? to tie everything together. To give a small plant more presence, frame it in a large bowl set on its side, as pictured.
Big chunks of recycled blue glass (from $30 each) add a glacial touch beside blue-violet pots, each containing plants with silver-blue to bronzy purple foliage (a golden yucca adds a spritz of lime). Owens and Hirsch also use the glass chunks to create the effect of water in dry creek beds.
Owens and Hirsch turned pressure-treated wood left over from a building project into shadow boxes to hang on a fence. They’re strong enough to support a gallon-size plant in a ceramic pot.
Make a statement with uncommon materials in your garden. Some driftwood and DIY handiwork crafted this spectacular arbor.
This big container cracked. Instead of throwing it away, a resourceful homeowner turned it into a table, topping it with a concrete circle (though you could do the same with wood or flagstone). Watch for deals on big pots like this — retailers often mark them down dramatically or give them away when they break.
Create the most interesting entrance on the block with a living gate. Here, a large feed tank on casters provides privacy without blocking off this gardener’s driveway.
A small succulent in a decorative container, glammed up with a mulch of shiny pebbles, makes a great hostess gift. Barrels and Branches keeps a supply in stock just for that purpose (from $15 each). The variegation of this crassula’s foliage provides color year-round and echoes the pot’s cinnamon hue.
Quan Yin, the Chinese goddess of compassion, looks doubly serene surrounded by the mostly quiet green foliage that reinforces her mood. Many gardeners think a fountain is a perfect garden accent — until it cracks or leaks. Then make it a charming planter for creeping plants such as sedum or thyme to spill over the edges and create the look of water Consider the look that you want for your garden and choose garden decorating ideas that bring that look out.