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Unexpected Garden Decorations

In a flower garden, you typically expect to see flowers, plants, and perhaps a birdbath or water fountain. There is no rule that says only these elements are appropriate to sit amidst your plants and flowers.

Below are a few items that are unexpected, but definitely charming.

Bathtub

Doing a bathroom remodel? Don’t be so quick to have the old tub hauled away. Adding it to the garden will definitely turn some heads, and it is sure to be a conversation starter.

Bicycle

Next time you see an old bike or even a bike tire at a garage sale for next to nothing, buy it. Bikes add an interesting look to flower gardens. You can always spray paint them, if you want to add a bold color to the garden.

Outdoor Furniture

When you are strolling past a garden and all of a sudden you spot a piece of outdoor furniture hiding there like a secret, you can’t help but be drawn to it.

You also can’t help but view the person who put it there as a little more mysterious and interesting.

So, what type of outdoor furniture is best for your garden? A bench, of course!

You might even assume you will never sit in it, but you may be surprised at how often you sneak away to be enveloped by nature.

Doors

An old door is a perfect tool to add height to a garden. It also gives creeping plants something to climb. You can even use the door to make a vertical herb garden, if you are short on space.

Planters

You might be wondering why you would need to add planters to a place where there is already soil. Well, planters are easier to control, so you can swap out certain plants, so something is always in bloom. Plus, it is an easy way to break up a garden that’s all one height.

Scarecrow

Depending on your age and where you grew up, you may remember a
time when everyone had a scarecrow in their yard. They never really did a good job at scaring away the crows, but they certainly looked intriguing. A scarecrow is sure to add a little personality to your garden.

Bonsai Tree

A bonsai tree is basically a whole tree but in a miniature version. Bonsai trees come in all sizes and shapes, from one upright tree to a small forest of mostly horizontal shaped trees. Each bonsai tree is very unique and beautiful, giving your room a different look and feel. If you like the idea of a customized plant that is tailored to your style, then a bonsai is a perfect choice.

Rug

You will not really appreciate having a nice outdoor rug until the first time you kick your shoes off and realize your toes are not burning from the hot deck or ground. Plus, if you have a dog, he will certainly appreciate having something soft and cool to sit on.

Wind Spinners

A garden is not complete without a wind spinner. You can find them made in every shape, animal, color, and material imaginable. Budget-friendly ones are typically made of plastic, but if you do not mind splurging, copper and wood ones are really nice.

Hammock Chairs

Most people who have hammock chairs simply hang them from a stand, but if you have a nice strong tree you might as well use it. Just imagine relaxing in your chair under the shade while you read a book and drink some lemonade. Plus, if your tree umbrellas over the patio, this is an easy way to add more seating to the area without taking up “floor” space.

Herb Garden

Whether you are short on space in the garden or you simply want to create a charming visual display you cannot go wrong with hanging containers with potted herbs. On a side note, mosquitoes hate rosemary, so this is an excellent herb to scatter around generously.

Bird Feeders

You can never have too many bird feeders. They are decorative on their own, but the fact that they invite living art to your space makes them even more attractive.

Keep in mind that some birds prefer specific feeders and food, so if you are trying to attract certain species then you will want to choose these elements thoughtfully.

Paper Lanterns

You can choose from an array of colors, sizes, and styles. Not only do paper lanterns look fantastic in any outdoor living space, they also provide lighting, which increases safety.

Some come on a string that needs to be plugged in while others are solar-powered and hang individually. Solar varieties are generally a little more expensive, but they provide a lot more decorating flexibility, too, because you can hang them far away from outlets, and not fuss with extension cords.

Bunting

Most people think of bunting as being temporary and used for special occasions, but it doesn’t have to be. You can find handmade decorative outdoor bunting in every color and pattern imaginable at arts and crafts shows.

Some local artists will even design the bunting for you based on your vision. You may even be able to check with a local printing shop to see if they can create something for you.