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.
What a great idea to pot succulents in a wire basket for a wall accent in the garden!
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.
How about this flourescent zip-tie covered arbor in the Longwood Gardens Student Exhibition Garden? Would you paint squares on your sidewalk?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
My favorite of all are these “Moss Petroglyphs”. Carved onto a mossy garden wall, they were truly unexpected and delightful to see.
Recycled materials made up into little lending libraries are a community-minded addition to a front garden for in-town folks.
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.
If you enjoyed these unexpected garden accents, you might like some of Our Fairfield Home and Gardens’ ideas too!