Ornaments add that little extra sparkle to your garden. They give you a chance to express your personality and creativity, whilst making your garden memorable for visitors.
Adding ornaments that resemble living creatures are a particularly great way to engage children so if you have some little ones in the family, they will love to be involved in choosing or simply coming to visit any characters you bring into your garden.
With designs that range from the understated to the outlandish, garden gnomes are a fun and easy way to add personality to your outdoor space.
The right garden gnome placed in the right spot can also work wonders for highlighting certain features of your garden. For instance, a garden gnome with a wheelbarrow is sure to draw attention to your favourite flower bed, while a gnome with a fishing rod can liven up a pond or water feature.
You could even have one gnome per person in your household which you can choose, name and place in your garden individually.
Like garden gnomes, garden statues can be a great way of projecting your own personality into your garden. Garden statues can add texture, character and charm to your garden as well as helping to create a natural, calm and serene environment. They can resemble animals, people, mythical creatures and much more to catch the eye.
Garden centres and garden retailers are great places to start if you’re looking for ideas or inspiration.
Bird baths not only provide an oasis for birds but will also attract all kinds of other wildlife to your garden. Insects such as butterflies and bees will be attracted to water in a bird bath which is great news for your garden as these beneficial insects help to pollinate flowers in your garden.
There are many versions of bird baths available, ranging from simple shallow troughs on a raised platform to more ornate ones with water features such as mini waterfalls. Why not pay a visit to your local garden centre to check out what they have to offer.
These garden markers are easy to make and would look beautiful in any garden. You can use them to identify the names of garden plants, herbs and seedlings in your garden.
All you need are a handful of stones, a paintbrush and paint. Acrylic paint is ideal for this as it’s both weather resistant, permanent and can be bought in store or online from retailers such as Hobbycraft and The Works.
Bug hotels not only attract wildlife, but you can also get creative and make them a real talking point in your garden. You can make them any size, paint them any colour and shape them however you'd like to. Read our short guide on making your own bug hotel.
Whether you are walking through a garden centre or looking for something online, there are likely to be all sorts of ornaments that unexpectedly grab your attention, such as the charming ducks pictured above.
You don't need to have anything in mind, because often when browsing you will find something that you simply connect with, or think will work perfectly in your garden.