Tips For Choosing & Placing Garden Art
Your backyard and garden should be a place where you can relax and de-stress after a busy day. Your garden should also be unique, and reflect your own personality. Your garden should be a place that makes you feel good. To set your garden apart, you need to choose garden art that reflects your tastes. Many different items can be used to decorate your garden.
Formal art generally is larger pieces that you see in formal gardens. Stone statues, obelisks, sundials, and such are formal art. Semi-formal refers to more light hearted pieces, such as contemporary sculptures, copper wind chimes, and light hearted sculptures of animals and children. Then there is informal art, which can really reflect your personality. Informal art includes just about anything else. A boot filled with flowers, an old bathtub, an old washboard, or just about anything else.
Obviously, you can choose from any or all of the three categories for your backyard garden, a statue here, a washtub there, a cherub over in the corner… however, your choices should be an expression of you, in order to make your garden unique. Take a look at your backyard and your garden, and decide what types of art would fit in, then choose items that make it unique. When choosing your garden accents, you should feel some kind of emotional attachment to them. After all, your garden and backyard should be an expression of you.
Browse through antique shops, flea markets, and garage sales to find some pieces that you can place in and around your garden. Keep in mind the size of your garden, however. You don’t want to put a full sized statue of an elephant in a tiny yard. The garden decor that you choose should complement the flowers and shrubs in the garden, not overwhelm them.
Take a look at your garden, and decide where you want your garden art. It should be a focal point of the garden, where the eyes will be drawn to it. You can put art in bare parts of the yard or garden, to add interest to otherwise boring areas. Put some garden art at the end of a path, to add a focal point. You can add pieces as comic relief to add a chuckle as people wander through the garden. If there is a dead patch in the garden, garden art can be used to cover it. If you have a fence, you can hang garden art on it to break up the long lines and add some visual interest.
I could go on and on about where to place your garden art. But in short, it should be used in any area that could use some more texture or visual interest. You can either look at the garden, and go buy some garden art to fit into a certain area, or you can go and buy garden art, and then decide where it would look best.
The most important thing to keep in mind, is that the choice and placement of garden accents should be a reflection of your personality. It will help to set your garden apart from everyone else’s garden, and make your garden a unique and relaxing place for you at the end of the day.