We’ve all seen the wrong way to add “art” to a yard; pink flamingos, cement deer,
and colorful gnomes are all examples of what NOT to do. Yet adding interesting
sculptures, fountains, pots, or art is a great way to add detail and enhance your
garden. By following a few tips, you can easily bring these elements into your
• Location – Place your art carefully, considering how it will look from all
sides and areas of the yard.
• Neighborhood – Consider any possible violations of your homeowner’s
• Prune – Make sure your art is always on display by pruning plants away
from the piece.
• Lighting – Add some special lighting to show off the art, fountain, or
• Don’t Mix Styles – The piece should complement your home and garden.
Don’t add an ultra-modern fountain to a home built in the Tuscan style, for
• Size and Scale – Avoid small art pieces that are difficult to see. Look for
elements of the same scale as your yard.
• Materials – Watch for materials that will last. Plastic fountains and pots will
deteriorate over the next few years after exposure to weather.
Finally, find things you love. A well-placed sculpture, art piece, or fountain can
enhance your garden. Whether the focal point of the space or tucked away in a
private garden, art pieces and structures make your home as unique as you are.