Creating A Beautiful Home

Four Fabulous Ideas For An Eclectic Garden

by Jamie Carpenter

If you have always wanted a whimsical garden that was both relaxing and an expression of your eclectic style but didn't know quite how to go about it, here are four ideas to get you started.

Scrap Metal Yard Art

Nothing adds that touch of whimsy faster than using decorative pieces of art that artisans have handcrafted out of found pieces of metal that would otherwise being on the scrap heap, such as from Star Imports Wholesale. These creative and talented artists have a knack for turning what most see as garbage into beautiful, one-of-a-kind birds, scarecrows, sundials, giant dragonflies, and whatever else their imaginative minds can come up with. And because the pieces are fashioned from scrap metal, you are doing your part to reduce waste. You also don't have to worry about the elements ruining your statutes as the rain, snow, and sunshine weather the art, slowly changing the patina overtime.

Painted Stones

Skip expensive bricks and create a path with stepping stones. You can use found rocks on your property, or you can visit your local garden and landscaping center. While you could leave the stones natural and just varnish them to bring out their beauty, painting them bright colors will add that extra quirkiness by painting them bright colors. If you're really artistic, you can even paint decorative elements on them before sealing with a clear acrylic topcoat. If you can't find rocks or are on a really tight budget, slice pieces off a felled tree and create your own pavers.

"Plant" Old Furniture

Dressers, tables, and chairs that are beyond refinishing for use in your home can be creatively employed outside in your garden. For example, you can create your own patriotic flower stand by spray painting an antiquated chest of drawers bright blue. and then filling its drawers with potting soil and planting each drawer with flaming red salvia and white sweet allysums. Or, spray paint a chair bright red and place a hummingbird feeder on the seat to attract these tiny beauties. You can even create a "bed" of flowers with an old iron bed overflowing with wildflowers.  

Shed Some Light

Christmas tree strands aren't just for the holidays! Use strings of white or blue lights to add nighttime sparkle to your garden. You can wrap tree trunks, planters, hedges, and anything else where you feel a little twinkle is needed. You can also use battery-operated LED lights if you don't want to use conventional lighting. For an even more budget friendly idea, use glow-in-the dark star stickers.