How To Incorporate Garden Art


Buddha in Shadows

Gardens and Art have enjoyed a close relationship for centuries, and there is a long running debate as to whether gardens themselves could be classified as art (I for one think they can).

Gardens are also a timeless source of inspiration for the artist. Flowers, plants, dramatic colours and light collide to provide the perfect artist’s muse, from fine art to abstract.

However, the use of art in the garden is an often overlooked aspect of garden design. But incorporating Garden Art into your outdoor living space will provide both aesthetic appeal and practical function.

Used as a focal point, Garden Art will add interest to your outdoor living space, either as a centrepiece or as a visual guide to a corner of your plot. Garden Art can also be used to add drama or to create a surprise… lurking around a corner waiting to be discovered.

Three Dimensional Garden Art

Sculpture, garden ornaments and garden decorations are usually the first mediums that comes to mind when considering Garden Art. Garden Sculpture and ornaments often work best as a ‘statement pieces’ and can provide a dramatic focal point in your garden. Garden Sculpture is usually representational, such as a human figure or animal, or of a modernist, abstract nature. Statues of Buddha and spherical shapes have been particularly popular in recent years.

Similarly, garden ornaments are usually representational along similar animal or nature themes. Derided in previous years by garden purists, garden ornaments have since made a come back and today there are some spectacular designs available.

Two Dimensional Garden Art

Garden Art is not limited to three-dimensional pieces. Why not try hanging some metal garden wall art? Canvas Garden Art, with resistant inks, is becoming increasingly popular. Such pieces can brighten a darkened corner, break up the monotony of a long, featureless fence or provide a focal point to an outdoor entertaining area.

Fences or screening can become artworks themselves with some lazer-cut Corten Steel. The use of decorative wrought iron gates or railings will add artistic interest to any garden, and stained glass or hung mirrors will give an arty, decorative feel.

Why not forgo a canvas or mirror and simply use an empty picture frame around your favourite planting arrangement? You can then move the frame around the garden as new flowers burst into colour!

Whilst I’m not suggesting that you turn your garden into an art gallery, a couple of well thought-out  pieces of Garden Art will compliment any garden. Time for you to get creative!

Interested in learning more about Garden Art? Then please see my comprehensive article on types of garden art and my guide to buying garden art

  1. Dan said:

    Love the idea of the picture frame on the easel.

    • Nick said:

      Sure Dan, it’s a quick, easy and original way to incorporate so art into your garden. Send me a picture if you manage to do it!

  2. Jackie said:

    Hi Nick I agree with Dan about the easel idea. Not expensive and you can move it to highlight the best of your garden at different times of year. It provides the focal point and impact that more expensive pieces provide. The sculpture of the reclining figure is reminiscent of the work of Henry Moore. I think I spotted that one or one similar at the Chelsea flower show.

  3. Nick said:

    Hi Jackie…the reclining figure is by Chris Webb…it was indeed on display at this year’s RHS Chelsea! And yes I think it is quite Moore-like:) Nick

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