The gardener is faced with an overwhelming variety of objects with which they can enhance their garden. The way we garden, our plant choices and decorative objects we add, is often a reflection of our personality. The important thing is how to add without overdoing it. Here is how I have added interest to our front courtyard.
It doesn't have to be an expensive process. A few pots at the entrance way to a garden. My preference is for clay pots of all shapes and sizes, most of which I have picked up at garage sales for just a few dollars.
I think the clay offsets the riot of color otherwise found in my plantings.
Looking towards the main gate from the side gate the large bare area of wall demanded some filling. A weathered bench, with overhead hayrack planter, and surrounded by pots did a lot to take up visual space.
On the other side a metal sculpture from Garden Ridge, sprayed brown, replaced the cross vine which had one been there. When entering through the gate another grouping of clay pots leads the eye around the corner to the garden proper.
It is easy to find gifts for the gardener. This metal buzzard was a gift from one of my sons.
When we removed two crape myrtles from in front of the wall we were suddenly faced with an expanse of bare concrete. Having decided not to replace the trees we added these mirrored windows, (Sunset Magazine). David had already made three for the outside wall and there happened to be two mirrors left over. I robbed the outside of this wall of its pot gecko threesome.
A simple concrete birdbath adds height to the start of the dry creek bed.
One of my homemade hypertuffa pots with its prickly resident and surrounded by river rock. I made them originally for the English garden but I decided they looked better in the front.
A few sculptural plants. like this Whale's tongue agave Agave ovatifolia, a metal bee and a pot with some bamboo (Thanks ESP).
And of course a place to sit and enjoy it all. This last shot taken last October when all the bluebonnets were gone.
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