More Than Just Flowers – Fun Garden Accessories
Flowers and plants are rightly the central attraction of your garden
but they neednt be the only one. Garden
accessories can add character and fun to your garden as
well as serving various useful purposes. From sculpted row markers
and border fences to fully-functional fountains and ponds, heres
what some of the best-dressed gardens are wearing this spring and summer.
One of the easiest and most affordable ways to define
your garden space is with border fencing by the foot or yard. There
are many styles of borders available at your local garden and home
supply store, from white wire fences to elaborate plastic sculptured
moldings designed to be pushed into the ground on garden stakes.
Row Markers and Signs
My first garden courtesy of my grandmother had row
markers that were made by the simple expedient of pushing a popsicle
stick into the ground and sliding the seed packet over the top. Not
terribly elegant, or for that matter, durable. Garden supply and
novelty shops feature a huge variety of row markers and
Dont Step On The Flowers! signs in styles that
range from whimsical plastic sculptures of vegetables to elegantly
hand crafted iron markers.
Garden Gnomes and Lawn Toys
Okay, so maybe theyre a little tacky, but they sure are fun!
Pink flamingoes, garden gnomes, and grandma fannies are only a few
examples of the silly, playful garden accessories that can find a
home in your garden. Pinwheels, garden streamers and windsocks all
can add color and whimsy to your gardening. Who said gardening had to
be so serious?
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Birdbaths and Pedestals
Birdbaths are a great way to invite birds into your garden. Whether
set into the ground as a small pond or on a pedestal,
they can add a touch of old world elegance to a shrubbery or foliage
garden that will benefit from the pollination efforts of your
Why have a garden if not to enjoy it? Plan your garden with benches
along the paths or at the center of a clearing. Garden benches are
easy to find at home supply stores and department stores and can be
had for as little as $29.99. Whether you choose cast iron, resin,
wood, or stone, a garden bench is almost a must-have accessory for
the well-dressed garden.
Decorative trellises and arches do more than serve as supports for
climbing plants and vines. They can be a beautiful accent on their
own. Whether you choose a simple iron fan trellis in a corner of the
garden, or build an elaborate arbor or gazebo to support roses and
ivy, theyll add a grace note of natural beauty and add to the
enjoyment of your garden.
Fountains and Ponds
The ultimate accessory for any garden to have has got to be its own
pond or fountain. Even small spaces can sport running water with a
concealed circulating pump and a nearby power source. A trickling
waterfall over rocks or a full-sized pond complete with Koi can both
bring a measure of satisfaction and serenity to your garden.