How To Upgrade Your Yard With Garden Art

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I was recently looking through some pictures of a garden tour I took at Allerton Gardens on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

The view of Allerton Gardens from the top of the hill
The view of Allerton Gardens from the top of the hill

It is a huge garden that is absolutely stunning! (If you’re ever in Kauai, it’s worth the tour price to see this garden…click here to get more information.)

One of the things that makes it so interesting is their use of garden art. It is everywhere! It made me realize that even the best gardens can be made a little better by adding some art.

Even though Allerton Gardens is in a completely different climate and is on a totally different scale than most of our gardens, it is a great place to get some inspiration. And then scale it down to a city-sized yard.

Keep reading to find out what I have learned from this garden (and others) about ways to upgrade your yard with garden art.

1 | Create A Focal Point

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Large statues make a statement, even in a large area like Allerton Gardens in Kauai
Large statues make a statement, even in a large area like Allerton Gardens in Kauai

Installing a large statue in your garden adds an obvious focal point (“large” being the main idea!).  Just like in decorating, having a focal point in your garden directs your attention to the areas you want to showcase.

Allerton Gardens in Kauai is a very big garden but this statue still commands your attention. Placing it in front of a pond allows it to be reflected in the water surface as well.

The blue screen behind the statue makes it more of a focal point
The blue screen behind the statue makes it more of a focal point

Even if you don’t have a large yard, you can still incorporate a statue or two.

Just make sure the statue is big enough. Smaller ones will get lost among the flowers.

My mother also installed a blue fence behind her favorite garden artwork. The bright color makes sure that you don’t miss it!

You can add height to a shorter statue that you absolutely love by standing it on a plinth*.

Incorporating a statue in the middle of the garden adds an element of surprise
Incorporating a statue in the middle of the garden adds an element of surprise

Incorporate a statue in the middle of the garden to add an element of surprise.

Modern art is another alternative for a traditional sculpture
Modern art is another alternative for a traditional sculpture

If traditional sculptures aren’t your style, a modern metal sculpture may be right up your alley.


2 | Provide a Zen Feeling

Buddha statue in front of some bamboo at Allerton Gardens in Kauai
Buddha statue in front of some bamboo at Allerton Gardens in Kauai

Adding a Buddha statue to your garden is sure to provide a zen feeling. Placing it in front of some bamboo (as they did at Allerton Gardens in Kauai) makes it feel even more relaxing.

Just make sure to plant the bamboo in containers or use clumping bamboo so you don’t have to worry about it taking over.

Smaller scale buddha in the garden
Smaller scale buddha in the garden

Even if your yard isn’t that big and you don’t have any bamboo, nestling a Buddha statue among the plants just seems to fit in.


3 | Mimic Nature

Mimic nature by placing animal art in natural positions
Mimic nature by placing animal art in natural positions

At Allerton Gardens in Kauai, they placed animal statues to look as if they were coming out of the woods…like they would be in nature.

Perching a metal bird statue on top of the fence makes it look like it belongs there
Perching a metal bird statue on top of the fence makes it look like it belongs there

You can do the same thing in your garden by using metal animal statues.

Whether you go for a pelican or a bug, try to position them somewhere that looks natural.

Metal Garden Cranes, via amazon.com*

And once again, make sure your nature-inspired art is big enough to be noticed, like these metal garden cranes*.


4 | Install A Water Feature

An architectural water fountain is a form of garden art
An architectural water fountain is a form of garden art

Water and the garden go together hand in hand. Which is why I think adding an artful water feature to your garden always works! (Not to mention it creates a natural looking place to put those garden cranes!)

You can install one permanently (like this architectural waterfall at Allerton Gardens in Kauai).

A wall fountain is an easy way to add water to your garden
A wall fountain is an easy way to add water to your garden

Or just hang a fountain on a fence.  Adding landscape lighting makes sure that you can still see it at night.

Either way will add some interest to your garden.

Find more ways to add water to your garden HERE.


5 | Generate Movement

Kinetic Copper Wind Sculpture*

Installing garden art that rotates or moves in the wind adds an extra dimension into your yard.

As with sculptures, make sure that your wind sculpture is large enough to be seen.

Copper wind sculptures* like the one above will age over time and add an “always been there” look to your garden.


6 | Add Whimsical Garden Art

Teapot Garden Art by confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Note: Pinning this image will link to the tutorial

Adding some whimsical art to your garden will make you smile every time you see it.

This Teapot In The Garden is a perfect example.

Get the full tutorial on how to make it from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com.

7 | Make Some Sound

A pretty wind chime will add interest and sound to your garden
A pretty wind chime will add interest and sound to your garden

A wind chime in your garden will create a beautiful relaxing sound and look good at the same time.

Creating a screen to showcase it will make sure that everyone notices it!

Birds and nest wind chime*

While a traditional wind chime is pretty, you can also find some really unique designs that will make your garden more interesting.


8 | Hang a Bird House

Hang a pretty birdhouse
Hang a pretty bird house

Hanging a bird house or two not only encourages birds to visit your garden, they also look pretty.

You can go for a simple version that just requires a tree branch and a hook to get it installed. Or go for a more elaborate design (like this purple martin house*) that needs to be assembled and installed on a pole.

Either one will provide some interest to your garden.


9 | Add A Sphere

Ball on column
Ball on column

Spheres are a really easy way to add some interest to your garden. The round shape fits right in with any type of outdoor space…whether it’s adding curves to a hard structure like a deck or providing a reflecting surface and color to a yard.

You can choose to display them on columns to add some height.

Stainless Steel Gazing Ball*

Or create a collection of them on the ground.


10 | Hang Wall Art

Metal Art*

Hanging wall art isn’t just for inside your home.

If you have a fence or wall in your garden, try hanging metal wall art or even a mirror to brighten up a flat surface. This piece is made out of recycled oil drums, so it is pretty and eco-friendly.

11 | Take Indoor Accessories Out

Another creative garden art idea is to take some of your indoor accessories out to your garden.

Vases, garden seats and other ceramic pieces make beautiful additions to your deck, patio or yard.

Inexpensive painting of flamingos hung on exterior house wall

You can even hang up inexpensive pictures.

They will fade so I don’t put up anything that costs too much, but it definitely helps to break up large expanses of wall space.

12 | Make and Hang A Rain Chain

The installed rain chain
The installed rain chain

Rain chains are a combination of functionality and decor.

They help to direct water away from your house and look beautiful doing it.

Find out how to make your own rain chain HERE.

Hopefully you have found some inspiration to add some art to your own garden…and will be all set to create some extra interest when spring comes!


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