Decorative items in the garden


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What kind of decorative things do you have? I saw a photo of a wall of colored birdhouses in a garden and really like that idea. It was kind of like this, but on a fence rather than on a house exterior:
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Previously I have been a very utilitarian gardener but I am looking to branch out and add some whimsy in the future.
 
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I do not have anything decorative in my garden. I haven't found anything that I love and can't live without. Yes, I have found some cute things such as statues, but I haven't added any decor to my garden.
 
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I'm not a great one for garden decorations, as I prefer to use plants in a decorative way and prefer plants with strong bold outlines and striking flowers and foliage, but do sometimes, use large empty ornamental pots to enhance a particular plant combination, as they are subtle enough so as not to detract from the plants themselves:)
 
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I love the wall of colored birdhouses, it looks so adorable! Thank you for showing us the picture:) I don't have any decorations yet, mostly because I share a garden with my parents. When I have my own garden, I'll make it as beautiful as possible. I have a soft spot for mirror decorations like this:

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I love the wall of colored birdhouses, it looks so adorable! Thank you for showing us the picture:) I don't have any decorations yet, mostly because I share a garden with my parents. When I have my own garden, I'll make it as beautiful as possible. I have a soft spot for mirror decorations like this:
Oh I love that mirror idea! I have found some good ideas on Pinterest too.
 
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Oh yes, there are many pictures, because mirrors make a perfect garden decoration and are quite popular. Thanks to them, any garden looks much bigger.
Here are a few more gorgeous ideas:

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The last one is my favorite, because it looks very subtle:)
 
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Oh my what gorgeous pictures. I have statuary, wind chimes (metal and wooden) but I would have never thought of the mirrors. Those are just so inspirint to me and just lovely to look at.
 
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Not a big fan of decorations, unless we are talking about Halloween decorations ;) But if I ever have to decorate my garden, I'd surely go for something basic and simple. I saw this and I thought it was quite beautiful:

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The bike planter looks really pretty. A florist near my house has a bike like this too, in my opinion it's a very nice idea.
Personally, I would love to decorate my garden with lanterns. These would be perfect, they're so romantic:

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I love the whimsical look of bird houses and I have been a collector for years. Bird houses and butterfly houses have hung on my porches for as long as I can remember. I am also a fan of wind chimes (hubby hates them) and I use to have several of them up outside as well. I did take them down and put them in my craft room since they irritate hubby so.
 
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Currently, near my vegetable gardening area I have a round cement pig and a ceramic rooster, that I inherited from my mom. She had lots of garden ornaments but they are not really my style. They were painted but are faded and chipped so I thought I might repaint them one day. I also have an old wheel barrow that I plan on painting and filling with annuals next spring. I like the mirror idea above!
 
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I love the whimsical look of bird houses and I have been a collector for years. Bird houses and butterfly houses have hung on my porches for as long as I can remember. I am also a fan of wind chimes (hubby hates them) and I use to have several of them up outside as well. I did take them down and put them in my craft room since they irritate hubby so.

You know, it's the first time when I hear of butterfly houses. I had had no idea what do they look like, so I googled them and I found some pictures. It's such a lovely idea to built a house for butterflies!
In my opinion they look very pretty:

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The bike planter looks really pretty. A florist near my house has a bike like this too, in my opinion it's a very nice idea.
Personally, I would love to decorate my garden with lanterns. These would be perfect, they're so romantic:

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Those lantern decorations look lovely :) I liked the idea of using glasses of different colours, I think that creates a very nice ilusion :) I'd use glasses of different colours for this idea.

Edit: Now that I think about it, using sand of different colours would have a great effect as well!
 
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This is a decoration idea I've always liked, not so hard to pull it off for anyone who feels interested:

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I've seen this being done, and I must say I've always liked this amazing decoration idea :)

This is very pretty:

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Thought I was just going to add some ideas for using pots, but - wow, this thread has got busy since my last visit :D

Claudine - was going to comment on how much I liked the first picture you posted, don't think I was imagining it :confused: but at this moment in time, it seems to have disappeared o_O either way I thought it was a very attractive and tasteful and subtle enough, so as not to detract from the plants, also love those glass lanterns :) which are something I would love to have, but unfortunately the wind here would smash them to bits :(

Shellyann - you just reminded me, apart from pots subtly distributed around the garden, I too love wind chimes of all types and sizes, they make such an enchanting sound, and think its a real shame, that your husband is irritated by them.

pdxchristine - unfortunately, I can't find many pictures featuring pots, used in the garden, in the same way as I mentioned earlier, but these pictures may go somewhere towards, giving you an idea of how they can look

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Yes @claudine they are so very pretty. I really need to learn hot to attract butterflies like @ChanellG does and I would be set for some great butterfly watching.

It's not difficult, @Shellyann36, you just need to have some of the host plants that butterfly larvae feed on. Fennel, parsley and dill are all great for attracting the Eastern Black Swallowtail, but if you want Monarchs you have to have tropical milkweed. If you do get some of the host plants you might want to isolate some because the butterflies will lay lots of eggs and you'll end up with more caterpillars than you have food for.
 
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It's not difficult, @Shellyann36, you just need to have some of the host plants that butterfly larvae feed on. Fennel, parsley and dill are all great for attracting the Eastern Black Swallowtail, but if you want Monarchs you have to have tropical milkweed. If you do get some of the host plants you might want to isolate some because the butterflies will lay lots of eggs and you'll end up with more caterpillars than you have food for.

Do the butterflies just eat the plants or should I feed them something else too? Is there a butterfly food as there is bird seed or perhaps they like sugar water as hummingbirds do?
 
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Gata Montes, the first picture that I posted does show up for me. Let me know if you still don't see it, so I'll try to upload it again:)
Trellum, I love the pot fountain, it looks beautiful! I would love to just sit there and look at the flowing water. I'm sure it would be very relaxing.
 
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Thought I was just going to add some ideas for using pots, but - wow, this thread has got busy since my last visit :D

Claudine - was going to comment on how much I liked the first picture you posted, don't think I was imagining it :confused: but at this moment in time, it seems to have disappeared o_O either way I thought it was a very attractive and tasteful and subtle enough, so as not to detract from the plants, also love those glass lanterns :) which are something I would love to have, but unfortunately the wind here would smash them to bits :(

Shellyann - you just reminded me, apart from pots subtly distributed around the garden, I too love wind chimes of all types and sizes, they make such an enchanting sound, and think its a real shame, that your husband is irritated by them.

pdxchristine - unfortunately, I can't find many pictures featuring pots, used in the garden, in the same way as I mentioned earlier, but these pictures may go somewhere towards, giving you an idea of how they can look

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All those pictures are great, but I like the way the pot in the first picture was used :) Pots can be great visual additions when decorating a home, but I'd advice everyone not to over do it. For me the ideal number of pots used as decorative items in a garden is 2, if you want to push it a bit and be a bit risky then 3 :) All in all a great idea!
 

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