When art's intended as a garden focal point, here are some considerations:
1. Site:: Pick an area of the yard which lacks other distraction. Imagine that the piece is the first thing visitors would see, then place the object in an area which will draw immediate attention, then compel the eye to sweep along the rest of the garden, to the next focal point.
2. Size: Place the item, then step back to the point where you'll first spot the piece. Does it look proportionate to the surroundings? Plants change in size, trees lose leaves, bulbs andbloom and go throughout the year so how will it compare two months to the giant coleus in August? Think ahead. Ask a spouse or other willing volunteer to stand in the spot for visualization.
3. Color/texture: What is compatible with the surrounding environment? A white statue against a pale colored home won't pop. What other items are in the yard. Mossy verde pieces clash with stark
white if in the same frame. Try to keep it compatible.
4. Simplicity: Don't compete with Mother Nature. Chose a piece that is simple and elegant. Statuary, sculpture, stonework, structure. A stack of flat stones in diminishing size or a soft piece of driftwood are natural alternatives.
season. Snowmen, Santas, metal birds, are fun to see off season, but only occasionally unless the handle "eccentric" doesn't bother you.
6. Location, location, location: A dramatic piececan be artfully perched at the end of a pathway or in clear view of the dining table. A favorite urn in view of the kitchen window aligns the eye and adds
The lovely part of garden ornaments is they lack permanence. They can be moved if the landscape changes or the piece simply become boring. Today's urethane replicates yesterday's limestone, but is far easier on the lower back.
Remember, the idea is to enhance, not eclipse the real stars of the show.
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