Unexpected Garden Accents

Unexpected Garden Accents ~ the making of a unique garden https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/unexpected-garden-accents/

Unexpected Garden Accents Make a Garden Unique!

 Unexpected Garden Accents

Unexpected garden accents are those unique additions to a garden that you’ve never seen before. They can be beautiful, practical, whimsical and make you want to run home and recreate the idea, or say, “What were they thinking?”

And, each of these special touches reveals the gardener and stamps the garden with their own personality.

Let me share a few of the unexpected garden accents I have come across in my travels lately.



These vertical planter sacks have become popular recently, but this was the first time I ever saw them grouped on fencing like this. They look quite wonderful and make a big impact.

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Vertical Garden Planters grouped for impact.

What a great idea to pot succulents in a wire basket for a wall accent in the garden!

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Succulents in a wire basket

Birdhouses are always great additions to a garden. But this one actually becomes a focal point all its own with the bright colors and carvings it presents.

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Colorful Carved Birdhouse

 How about this flourescent zip-tie covered arbor in the Longwood Gardens Student Exhibition Garden? Would you paint squares on your sidewalk?

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Zip Tie Arbor ~ not for the faint of heart!

Garden Hats as garden accents! https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/unexpected-garden-accents/

Garden Hats

This display will make you think about Garden Hats in a whole new way! I thought it was very whimsical, but probably not for everyone!

The gal who tends this garden keeps to her budget by picking up thrift store and yard sale finds for garden accents. She also used cribs for arbors and vintage kitchenware all around the garden.

But my favorite was the “Garden Shoes” perched on old broom and dust mop handles! This was a garden and gardener with a sense of humor!

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Garden Shoes ~ from bedroom slippers to high heels!


This low stacked stone wall had a surprise tucked into it: a gurgling little water fall! It was a sweet addition to an already lovely hardscape.

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Stone Wall Fountain

Fence cut-outs are a simple way to add an accent or theme to your garden. These stylized starfish reflect the coastal area where the garden is located.

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Starfish Fence Cutouts in a coastal garden.

Succulent wreaths are quite weather tolerant and look great just about anywhere in the garden. This one was spotted in the Down To Earth nursery.

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Succulent Wreath on a weathered fence!

Quite large, this slatted wood wall planter really made a statement overflowing with all sorts of succulents. Another great find in Eugene, Oregon at Down To Earth.

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Wooden Slats Wall Planter filled with succulents!

My favorite of all are these “Moss Petroglyphs”. Carved onto a mossy garden wall, they were truly unexpected and delightful to see.

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Moss Petroglyphs ~ Carvings on a moss covered wall!

Recycled materials made up into little lending libraries are a community-minded addition to a front garden for in-town folks.

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Free Lending Library built from recycled materials!

Bottles set into the ground make a very different garden path. They shone beautifully in the sun, although I would be cautious about anything that might break them and cause a hazard.

Bottle Garden Path https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/unexpected-garden-accents/

Bottle Garden Path

If you enjoyed these unexpected garden accents, you might like some of Our Fairfield Home and Gardens’ ideas too!

Build a Wood Scrap Scarecrow Garden Accent! https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-wood-scrap-scarecrow-my-garden-maiden/

Build a Wood Scrap Scarecrow Garden Accent!

DIY Birdbaths for your garden! https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-bird-baths-bring-birds-to-your-garden/

DIY Birdbaths for your garden!

Kitschy Kitchen Garden Accents https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/kitschy-kitchen-garden-accents/

Kitschy Kitchen Garden Accents



2 Responses so far.

  1. Norma says:

    Artistic gardens are the best!


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