Garden Ornaments

Great garden decor is in the details

If you've put a lot of time and effort into the bigger parts of your garden decor — *outdoor lighting[/outdoor-lighting/], landscaping, etc. — you'll appreciate the finishing touch of the perfect garden ornaments.

There are any number of garden ornaments to choose from, depending on your tastes and the style of your space. Take a look at just a few of the most common themes:

  • Fanciful garden ornaments. Garden gnomes, gazing balls, pixies and fairy sculptures add whimsy to your outdoor space. Hide them in flower beds or place them in amongst your patio furniture pieces as a playful accent to a fun outdoor design.
  • Classical garden ornaments. Antique sundials or garden statues in the style of Venus or other famous sculpture give your space an elegant air with a hint of history.
  • Natural garden ornaments. Some of the most attractive ornaments come straight from nature. Large rocks placed in a shady corner or twigs and boughs woven into designs or displays make attractive ornaments that blend seamlessly into your space.

Many garden ornaments serve a practical purpose as well. Bird baths or bird houses will not only add beauty to your garden on their own, but the birds that visit will give you even more pleasure as you relax outside. Other ornaments, like votives or candles in stylish vases, give your patio warmth while also providing ambient lighting.

Garden Ornament Materials

If you intend for your garden ornaments to stay outside during the season, you'll want to make sure they're durable. From the smallest vase to the largest statue, ornaments need to hold up to rain, sun and traffic.

Stone garden ornaments are a great choice because they require little or no care to be completely sun- and waterproof, as opposed to concrete or wood ornaments, which are susceptible to mold, mildew and fading.

When it comes to bumps and jarring, nearly any material can be damaged, so consider where you're going to place your ornaments before you buy them. Glass ornaments will need to be kept out of the way, or at the very least should be placed on stable surfaces out of strong winds, and colored glass should be kept in shady areas whenever possible to avoid fading.

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