Garden art is the cherry on the cake when it comes to finessing your outside space. Use artistic finishing touches to transform your garden wall decor, jazz up a neglected corner, or create a magical lighting display.
Garden ornaments not only add personality, they also help to create a home-like place for relaxing outdoors. For instance, water features and wind chimes can be used to muffle disruptive noises from a busy street.
Meanwhile, mirrors can give the illusion of a bigger space and colourful garden wall art can complement your flowers and foliage and can take your garden scheme to new heights!
If you’re yet to catch the gardening bug, you can check out our six easy ways to get your garden ready for summer guide, which will help you create the best canvas for your garden art purchases.
Read on for our pick of the best garden decor, from garden wall art to wind chimes to garden mirrors.
Garden wall art ideas
If your garden walls are looking a little lacklustre or you fancy jazzing up a bare wall, garden wall art is a great way to go. Just like interior wall art, outdoor wall art can change the feel of a space dramatically, turning a bare area into one filled with personality. Depending on the wall material you’re working with, garden wall art can range from ‘living wall’ installations, wire art, plaques and garlands.
These colourful metal stars would look fab hanging in a sunny spot on a garden fence or a brick wall for an industrial, rustic feel. They’re handmade with rusted metal and sprayed in an array of eye-catching colours. Suitable for indoors and out, these would be a good choice for a modern or urban garden.
For something a little more subtle, how about this charming garden-themed garland? This would make a lovely house (and garden!) warming gift. It’s made from sustainably sourced yam wood and recycled metal and measures 5 feet (60 inches). Hang it inside or outside your shed, or along your garden fence or wall.
Both striking and practical, garden mirrors are a wonderful way to create the illusion of a larger, grander outdoor space. They can also help to create a lighter space, ideal for those with a shadier garden. Position your garden mirror where it is most likely to catch the sun, and put potted plants near it to create the look of a bigger, greener garden.
We love this antique-inspired mirror from Cox & Cox. Made from iron, with an antiqued copper finish, the mirror has been designed like a window and gives the impression there’s another area behind it.
Garden light installations are another way of injecting some fun into your outside space. Solar and LED lights are the best way to go as you won’t need to worry about plug sockets and extension leads. For practicality, you can dot LED and solar lights along pathways or by your backdoor for greater visibility when the sun goes down.
For something a bit artier though, we’ve got our eyes on this pretty orchid LED light string from Ella James. Suitable for both indoors and out, this versatile garland can be wrapped around branches, wound up and displayed from inside a glass bottle, or strung up on an exposed wall or fence. It’s ideal for spring and summer evenings, letting you transition easily from day to night in your garden.
Garden water features
Recreate the calm and relaxation of a spa with the use of a garden water feature. They come in all shapes, sizes and designs, to suit a range of budgets and garden sizes. Water bowl features will act as a natural mirror, reflecting surrounding plants, while also attracting birds to your garden. A water fountain, on the other hand, has the advantage of sound. The soothing babbling water will help to muffle any distracting noises if you live in a built-up area or city.
This water feature from Lights4fun has an LED light in it which gives the rippling water a warm glow, a serene sight for a cosy evening on the patio. It’s a plug-in but comes with a generous 10m cable.
Garden sculptures are perhaps the most dramatic of choices when it comes to garden art. The range on offer is vast, from dinky animal sculptures to large, abstract sculptures. Garden sculptures can help to break up a garden, especially if you have a larger space to work with. Stand them centre-stage on a lawn, or nestle them in within flowers and bushes to complement your planting schemes.
This eye-catching rustic metal garden sculpture would suit a variety of garden styles. It’s handmade from mild steel and measures 58cm in height. It also comes with a prong to keep it safely in place.
Garden wind chimes
Last but not least are wind chimes. They might not be for everyone, but if you’re longing to banish noisy city sounds or road noises, windchimes work a treat. The tinkling sound is often reminiscent of a beach holiday or a calming retreat. They’re pretty too! Whether you fancy a wooden, metal or shell design, there’s a good amount of choice for wind chimes online.
We like this beachy wind chime, made from sea glass, shell and driftwood, which creates a gentler sound than a metal windchime. It’s handmade and the driftwood, sea glass and sea shells were sourced along the North East Jurassic Coastline. It measures 37 x 63cm.