We’re not advocating lions at the gate, or fishing gnomes on the front steps, but statuary in the garden can add a little personality, and even class, especially if kept subtle. Something metal or concrete tucked in the center of a garden bed of shady hostas or ferns and left to rust or get mossy.
Think statues cost too much? Expensive décor is not necessary – flea market finds are often the best additions. They’ve been aged already and will blend in even better.
Not the statue type? I didn’t think I was, either. There are unlimited items that qualify for garden décor: old tools, wagons, a rusty bicycle leaned up against a fence or colorful bowls on stumps to feed and water birds (and bees!). Plant annuals in a basket or an old crate beneath a tall stool holding another pot.
If you’re lucky enough, if you find the holy grail of chia pets, snag it. A concrete head looks amazing with a fern growing out of the top. Or yams. Or lettuce. Especially if it’s missing a nose or has mold growing on it.
Lush plants in and around garden statues and decorations make it integral to the design, so treat your plants well and stand back to admire the scene you created.