Hours and hours of back-breaking, blister-inducing, sweat-covered work have finally culminated in the garden that you have always dreamed about. The garden structures are completed, the plants are melding beautifully and the piece d’resistance (a tacky $29.95 concrete garden ornament) is in place.
Whoa! Roll back the video…Is this another B-grade horror movie?
Unfortunately not. It seems to happen more often than not as gardeners succumb to making bad choices on garden ornaments.
Consider choosing a garden sculpture or ornament the same way a painter considers a frame. Or, with the same creative eye that a chef uses to garnish an extraordinary meal. These professionals would never choose ‘tacky’.
It appears to me that gardeners choose garden ornaments based on a few selective criteria; price, purchasing convenience, and fads. Yet, all three have nothing to do with gardening. Even less they don’t take into account your specific garden and how you can enhance it to give it the WOW factor.
So here are the criteria I use to choose garden ornaments for my garden;
Obviously price is still an important factor and you wouldn’t pay a fortune for one if it’s likely to be vandalised or broken by your children. Many of our garden ornaments have been sourced for free or quite inexpensively because we’ve taken the time to look around or be creative.
Your garden ornaments could be the special thing that creates the WOW factor or they could let the side down and make your garden look cheap and tacky. Choose wisely.