Creating garden art with junk is every bit as fun as decorating indoors.
Junk creates interesting focal points, giving your garden some real personality. So here are my tips for adding your favourite junky treasures among those beautiful blooms outdoors.
Clean it up
The first thing I haul out at the beginning of each season is the pressure washer. I do this first before planting otherwise your flowers will end up flying to the moon.
Today my shed got hit and it’s all ready for the real fun to begin. Let’s play!
Flowers indeed offer you colour, but so can other elements without the need for even more weeding and watering. Here, antique tools pick up the slack in areas with no blooms.
Right: A galvanized bucket took the place of a typical hanging basket.
The shed is on the darker side, so red geraniums aways seem to be the right thing to add inside the white crate. The fronts will eventually be spilling over with fragrant alyssum. As soon as I get some.
They make your garden look even better.
Teddy is staring at the water droplets. She’s a leaf licker type.
New flower beds take some time to fill in, so a few arrangements pick up the slack.
Left: chunks of driftwood are an interesting organic filler. The round crusty metal thing is the bottom of a punched out garbage can. Really.
I love finding things from the thrift probably like no other. But your garden decorating becomes extra special when you use special things with actual meaning.
This peculiar piece is from friend Corinne. When her family vacationed, they found a few rusty relics near a railroad track during a walk and immediately thought of me. Her entire family was picking up this junk and all the long thinking… “Who else would we do this for?!” They hauled it all home in a box and presented me with a selection. That means something to me!
More meaning: the coke sign was a gift and the license plate was from my old truck that got totalled.
Welcome back, red geraniums! I’ve missed you so.
If everything was the same height, you would see flat. Varying heights for items inside your planted areas offer your eye lots of up and down motion which makes things more interesting.
The rusty old lantern offers instant interest.
You may recognized these flowers from the music video staging I did HERE. When we were packing up, I was instructed to take the flowers home. Thanks Tamara and crew! Love them!! See? MORE meaning.
Seriously, you can’t go wrong when decorating with junk in the garden. Just bring it out and play. You’ll be really glad you did. I promise!
Next up… stay tuned for a riveting episode of me weeding my travel trailer gravel driveway! Weeee!
Yuk. Another day. Soon. Right… poor neighbours.
What do you like using in your garden for decor? Any favorite items?
A collection of other outdoor projects (with junk!) can be found here.