Beautiful garden details


The final chord of an ornamental garden is small architectural elements that were very popular in the distant (and not so) past and were called sculptures.

We are all used to such decorative details in the form of stone or more affordable plaster sculptures. So, a modern ornamental garden is something else that does not fit into the framework of the traditional view.

Throwing aside the concrete and gypsum sculptures that adorn the parks, in the «bottom line» we get some decor elements from completely unexpected objects and materials. At the same time, many of them fully correspond to the name of high art, since they are organically inscribed in the landscape.

Today, a piece of a rusty pipe, a concrete ring, and even a ball of willow twigs can be called a garden sculpture… And in my opinion, it is precisely such a rough texture that perfectly emphasizes the natural beauty of nature.

I decided to post the selection that I collected as working material in a separate article. I liked some things so much that I’m ready to visualize some projects in my (still very young) garden.


The simplest and most familiar items can become a full-fledged decoration of the garden. The main thing is to find a place for them where they will not get lost in the landscape. Let’s look at examples.

A huge vase, not installed at the beginning of the path, as is often done, but closes the view at the turn, which means it creates intrigue for the visitor. The effect is enhanced by a properly selected color — the same as that of the rocky embankment on which it stands and, as it were, is its continuation.

And this large pot visually divides the length of the long path into two short sections: before and after the flowerpot. This makes it easier to perceive the picture of the garden.

When there are not enough large vertical elements in the garden, a stone sculpture will completely make up for their absence.

In a modern garden, an old column with a beautifully curved handle does not play any functional purpose. But how stylish and beautiful it emphasizes the venerable age of the garden.

Exhibit from the annual exhibition in Chelsea. There are simply no words to fully express admiration for the skill of a landscape architect: these patterned stones and a mirror pond made of concrete are simply beyond competition…

corten steel flowerpots

It has long been a tradition in modernist gardens to use corten sheet steel as retaining walls, pond bowls or, as pictured above, for flowerpots.

"screen" from corten steel

Simple, beautiful and organic — the fountain on a stone base.


What could be more familiar than the elements of nature in the landscape? Well, the fact that they are made of metal does not detract from their beauty and naturalness.

The interweaving of metal ribbons is very reminiscent of plant motifs, but the rough material only emphasizes the naturalness of the surrounding landscape.

I don’t really like mosaics for garden decoration, but there is something in these “flowers” ​​…

They will look spectacular in the evening in a beam of directional light.

An interesting solution for moon garden.

But elegant styling can breathe life into cold iron.

And even such an ordinary village bird as a rooster, born (as it should be for real metal) from fire and water, looks lively and attractive.

An intriguing puzzle: either a family of cranes, or flowers over the surface of a pond… or maybe you have a different version? Real art is never limited by rigid boundaries and gives free rein to the imagination.

The color of rusty iron in garden decor is a fashion trend. There is such a brand of steel — corten, and so it oxidizes so that rust does not smear hands or clothes. Of course, this is not cheap, but on small items, the effect of corten can be reproduced by painting with a red rust primer.

And here everything is just clear — this sedge will rise above the frozen surface of the pond.

I don’t even guess what kind of bird flies over this pond (it looks like a seagull), but how subtly the master (Kuleshov Vadim Nikolaevich) captured the mood of nature: an elegant engraving of grass and an image of a bird couple in the “suit” for it.

BALLS — a favorite theme of landscape designers.

Iron, concrete, stone, glass or wicker — they all fit perfectly into the landscape, creating a harmony of living and non-living.

Many, many, many balls of boxwood, allium … and an iron fountain ball.

Another idea from Greencube.


The same ball, only fragmentary. Some understatement, uncertainty and absolute transparency… Therefore, such an element can be quite large.

Concrete… I really like to work with this material — plastic, affordable, practical and highly decorative. Perhaps it is worth devoting this material separate article.

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