As the garden coach, my clients are surprised when my response to, “What should I plant here?” is “Nothing.”
Sometimes a plant isn’t what we need. Instead, I suggest a bench or bird bath or container. Something that gives the space a punch of color, or a spot of solitude, without digging a hole.
Plants are the “furniture” for our landscapes, but art can be the embellishments, the finishing touches. What some call yard art.
Garden art is whatever you want it to be:
- a focal point
- tucked into perennials beds
- benches; classic or bright, colorful ones
- birdbaths; glass, concrete, clay
- commissioned art work
- statues and fountains; small table top fountains, or large, space dominating statues.
For years, I had a bright, cobalt blue container in the middle of my very large perennial bed. That un-planted container was, at times, the bloom in my garden–every bit as essential as the my foxgloves. The front door is not the only place to put a container. If you have a spot where nothing ever grows (and who doesn’t?), what better to plant than something that doesn’t grow?
While we’re still waiting out the weather, tapping our toes for Spring (34 days and counting), do some stall tacit planning. What spot needs an evergreen and what spot needs art?
When planning, consider that art can be functional, too. The birdbath that provides a watery spot for wildlife can also be a focal point drawing the eye to a particular spot in the landscape.
An arbor is an invitation to a guest to walk through to another area, while giving you a place for that David Austin rose.
Whatever your fancy, yes, you need yard art!
Written by Cinthia Milner, OSA, Garden Coach, blog writer.
BB Barns serves Asheville, Western North Carolina, upstate South Carolina, Gerogia and Tennessee.