The Best Gardens Have More

A beautiful landscape can be made even more attractive with accessories like garden ornaments, furniture and firepits. Here are some ideas.
It’s natural to be focused on the plants when designing a garden. However, flowers, trees and shrubs don’t make a garden visually appealing.

Although furniture, ornaments and statement pots, firepits, and play features might not be as popular as a perennial, they play an important role.

A Greenwich landscape architect, Renee Byers said that these things “draw people out of the landscape.”

Designers and landscape architects shared their top tips for using accessories to enhance a garden’s natural beauty.
A great way to increase your time admiring your garden’s work is to add seating. Not just on a deck or in front of a pool but all over the landscape. You could place a bench on a path in the garden or set up a few chairs under a shade tree.

Why? Ms. Byers stated that it creates a destination within the larger garden.

Pieces for the garden should not have cushions or covers, unlike patio furniture. They should instead be made of materials that can be left outside all year and not fall apart. Ms. Byers said that benches made of teak or natural stone are often used. “Or even modern Adirondack chairs that have been constructed in wood composite.” Loll Designs lounge chairs are a popular choice.
However, not all garden furniture has to be heavy.

Flora Grubb, Flora Grubb Gardens’ owner in San Francisco, said, “One thing people often overlook, which I really believe is necessary is lightweight garden furniture.” “I love being in a position to move it, whether I’m trying to get the sun or shade, depending on the season.”

These small-scale aluminum or powder-coated steel chairs are great for small-scale use, such as those made by Fermob or Bend Goods. If you want the pieces to blend in, choose pieces in earth tones or bright colors if your goal is to stand out.

Ms. Grubb stated, “I really think about the color reading from far away.” She said that most people spend as much time looking out their gardens from inside the house as outside.
Although statues and ornaments have been an integral part of grand gardens for centuries now, the thought of adding them to your backyard might seem daunting. But, it doesn’t have be intimidating.

Janice Parker is a Greenwich-based landscape architect. She uses a variety of ornaments and sculptures for her projects. These include geometric objects and pieces that depict rabbits, chickens and fish.

She said that this creates a focal point for the garden and also makes it more personal. People are more likely to be attached to the outdoors when they love it, rather than just saying “Oh, that’s beautiful.”

It doesn’t necessarily have to be a rare antique or work by an established artist. Ms. Parker stated that not everyone will be able to afford a Tony Cragg or John Chamberlain sculpture. “A lot more things are very affordable and I think they’re fantastic.”
There are many options, from concrete-inspired pieces that can be found at garden centers to cast-metal birds such as those made by Viridian bay. “Cranes are back in fashion, as well as sandpipers, sandpipers, and peacocks,” says Cathy Nakamura (Viridian Bay product merchandiser). “We also have flamingos which are a few steps above the iconic hot-pink plastic ones.”

Ms. Parker suggested concrete or fiberglass spheres for a minimalist look. They can be arranged in rows to make an architectural statement, or scattered around the garden in random arrangements. She said that “any kind of spheres and orbs in this garden are wonderful.” They bring a lighter element to the garden.

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