Choosing garden decor
What am I trying to achieve with this décor piece?
It is really important to think your specific garden or outdoor space and how you can enhance it with the pieces you choose. The piece you choose when you simply want to add an accent is very different from a piece that is used to create a focal point. It is important to have an idea of how it will fit into the landscape.
Is it in-keeping with the theme of the garden or outdoor area?
Every piece you choose should continue the story that your garden or outdoor area has started. For example, a Buddha statue looks great in an oriental style garden because it adds to the general theme of the area. So try to find garden ornaments that add to or complete what your landscaping features and plantings are trying to portray.
How many pieces will work best in the given space?
Décor pieces should be a focal point in the garden, drawing the viewer’s eye toward it. Too many different pieces will look cluttered and detract from one another. However, multiples of the same ornament can make a spectacular statement.
Will it fit the given area?
When choosing décor pieces, it is important to get the proportions right. Small pieces risk looking misplaced. Overly large pieces will dominate the space and draw the attention completely away from the other aspects of the garden. A good tip for seeing if the ornament will look right in a given area is to make a cardboard cutout of it, and place it in different locations until you find the one that works the best.
Does it need to serve a dual purpose?
Most pieces are simply for decorative purposes, but others serve multiple purposes. For example a birdbath can be used to feed and water birds as well as simply looking decorative.
What will frame the piece?
It is important to consider the colours and textures that will be beside and behind the piece. For example, a white statue makes a striking contrast in front of a leafy green plant.
Aim to choose garden décor pieces that fit in with your general garden theme and style of your home. Always remember – garden décor is not a permanent fixture in your garden; so don’t be afraid to relocate it or take it with you if you move!