Art in the garden is difficult I think. Because mostly the garden itself is art and there’s no need to embellish. So often added sculptures or bits and bobs don’t have anything to say or a place in the garden.
Here in Australia so many gardens have classical or cottage garden pieces which seem so out of place in our harder climate.
However, this is not always the case and I have come across some really great art pieces in gardens around the place.
Some of the best just use what’s lying around paddock or cleared land.
The garden above by Richard Bellemo in Melbourne is a beautiful example. This dry stream bed created from river pebble with weathered tree branches and bowls is a play in texture against the grass and a reflection of the natural landscape.
And this from a private country garden is a reflection of the area’s agricultural past.
Yes, I know these are large gardens but they make the point – makes sure garden art is true to the nature of your garden.
This especially applies to small spaces which become cluttered very quickly.
Here are some of the better pieces of ‘garden art’ I have come across. Many are not what you’d think of in the way of art but they work so why not – be creative..
I love this inner-city garden with the buxus balls (very trendy in Melbourne at the moment) interspersed with lettuce. Yes I see the topiary balls as garden art, especially when put with that simple giant bronze pear by artist Will Wilson.
Probably the simplest of all is the garden below by Paul Bangay and the use of a simple sphere as art – repeatedly…
Such simple formality can add structure to a garden full of beautiful things – and some not normally seen as beautiful…
So close to Asia, our tropical gardens have some great Asian pieces.
And if used well, water is always a winner.
In small spaces, use of wall panels and decorative fences can really give that wow factor.
And why can’t the panels be green…
Even those on the outside of the buildings I always take the opportunity to push this one – it keeps cities cooler and softer for all of us.
Finally, I really fell in love with this garden full of snakes and ladders – a bit of fun really goes a long way.
Don’t forget the dice.
And just compound the fun with this giant lizard bench.
There are so many examples of garden decor with humor. Look at the retro chair used as a plant container, and as for that giant red rabbit – it really takes the edge off this traditional suburban garden.
There really is something about weathered metal – it’s become very trendy here.
I guess it’s about the trend towards ‘up-cycling’…