Nine Tips to Decorate Your Garden

Ornaments give a landscape an extra dimension and year-round appeal. These are the lessons learned from one space.

1. Use ornaments as finishings

Garden ornaments are more than just an afterthought. They can help you plan how to use your outdoor space and how it feels. A gate made of wrought iron can signify the entrance to a garden full of green. A lantern hanging from a tree can help you see things differently, while a bench that curves allow for a restful nap. These elements are beautiful and practical, but they offer subtle clues. Look up. Slow down. This gives a garden space a finished appearance in all four seasons. It is important not to overdo it.

2. Design for Outdoor Rooms

An interior design professional, Susie Beall, says that a furnished garden should not look too perfect or contrived. She and her husband Ed, an architect, designed the gardens on their sprawling acre in Southern California. Their goal was to make the outside spaces as comfortable as that inside.

3. Patina is not to be afraid.

The couple wanted a landscape that resembled a Tuscan farmhouse. They also remodelled their 1950s ranch house to look like a Tuscan farmhouse. The couple started with a basic, mostly green, palette that featured pepper, cypress and Chinese elm trees, alongside rosemary, acanthus and Virginia creeper. “Garden decor can get lost in a highly colourful landscape,” says Susie. Our mostly stone ornaments are what we love and pop against the background. While some items may not be as well-known and expensive as others, they are still common ground with nursery and catalogue finds, so there is no need to feel too precious. Learn more about how they created seductive outdoor living spaces using decorative objects.

4. Recreate the exterior style of your home

Ornaments can be used to bring your home’s style into the landscape. Iron urns are placed on terra-cotta pedestals to complement the rustic stone-clad entrance. A pediment with dolphins and potted succulents is a focal point in the courtyard. The pavers pick up the stone, and then the grass softens the path to the front door.

5. Dress Up Garden Entrances

Even in a small area, a series of distinct spaces connected by paths and passageways can add a sense of mystery and expanse to a stroll. The Bealls designed a path that starts at a wisteria-draped tree near their house and continues downhill to walk along terraces and walks. They also included steps that carry on the theme of weatherworn stone and eye-catching design. The path is indicated by iron gates and arches, many of which are from gardener’s supply catalogues and covered in vines. These mark transitions between different areas. Finials, perched on pedestals, potted bougainvillaeas, citrus trees, palms, further accent entryways.

6. Incorporate Furnishings into the Overall Scheme

Your outdoor spaces will look great if you choose the right style of tables and chairs. They should be able to blend with other decorative items and materials. The Bealls found a pair of rust-finished iron dining tables at a local pottery yard. They can be used as a lounge area for drinks and conversation, with additional chairs around the “carpet”.

7. Select Decor for the Outdoors

The couple also created an outdoor living space. However, a roll-arm wicker chair from an import shop was chosen instead of expensive all-weather wicker. They were weathered with spray-on marine varnish. Concrete pedestals from pottery yards double as additional seats and tables. A black oval aluminium dining table anchors the main gathering space.

8. Lighting at a higher level

Landscapes can be romanticized by the moon’s light or when electric lights shine on trees to illuminate paths. The Bealls went one step further with their lighting, hanging outdoor lanterns from the branches of trees. To accent their patios and roundabouts, they used tall streetlight-style lamps. These fixtures coordinate well with the lights on the house’s exterior walls.

9. Showcase Plant Collections

The Bealls selected their favourite plants for pedestals and pots and grouped containers plants so they could be appreciated at eye level. Ed, whose passion is succulents–aeoniums, senecios, echeverias, agaves–displays them on a vintage pine table and a painted chest of drawers that he coated with a waterproofing sealer for wood. Susie says that they would disappear if you put these plants in a bed.

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