Fences and walls in a garden are just like the walls in your house, providing an opportunity to display art, show off your personality, and cover up peep holes.
These ideas come from my own garden and gardens I have visited. Some items can be made from repurposed items, and others are store-bought garden decor. Either way, I’m sure you will find ideas to adapt for your own space.
Share a Collection
This first one is from my garden. It’s not intentional, but I seem to acquire a lot of blue glass and dishes. If they are not of any real value or needed in the house, and can stand up to the weather, items like this add a nice blast of bold colour in the garden.
Here’s another collection: random boots. You can see here that they actually had pairs but they split them up to make it more interesting. This seems like a good idea for all of the outgrown kiddie boots that are too far gone for donating to the thrift shop but can still hold soil and plants.
And, when your child or granchild comes home from school without the second boot in their backpack, you can give a high five him/her and say, Thank you for the new flower planter. Because there are upsides to being forgetful. Not that I can remember them.
Every time I mention mirrors in the garden, I will receive warnings about the possible hazards. And yes, you do have to plan the location carefully so it’s not in direct sun or a bird flight path. You can read more safety tips here for mirrors in the garden. That said, the right mirror, in the right setting, can become a fabulous focal point in the garden.
This style of optical illusion mirror was the inspiration for the one I made a few years ago. You can see the project with a tutorial here.
If you don’t want to make one, this search in Amazon brings up some interesting options.
Outdoor Kitchen Art
I realize this one usually divides people into two opposing camps for garden art (yay and heck no), but, those of you who love it, keep reading.
Many old enamel pots and pans are no longer useful indoors, but can make interesting fence art. Do you recognize those colourful little pots with the long handles? I think they were fondue pots for melting cheese, if I’m remembering right. Such groovy times.
Anything Can be an Art Canvas
If you were around for the country decor craze of the late 1980s, you probably remember a lot of ducks and cows on border prints and dishes and sweatshirts and…everything else, hair scrunchies, ruffled curtains, hunter green accents, and… painted saws! A few years ago on a garden tour I noticed painted saws on several sheds and, after shedding the 80s overwhelm, I have to say I still find them quite enchanting. I think it’s because I love miniature paintings in general and these tend to have finely done folk-art details.
There are all sorts of them on Etsy, ranging from, um, kind of dreadful to quite delightful, in case you’re interested. Old circular saw blades seem to be popular again too now. You can see all the selections here.
The Obvious Choice
If you have a window on a shed or wall, a window box is an obvious choice to spruce things up. This one is metal with a burlap or hessian liner. The lace curtain is a lovely touch too.
If you don’t have a window, use an old window frame (with or without glass) or an outdoor mirror with a frame.
Old-Fashioned Seed Packet Art
I love the artwork on old seed packets. You can see examples here on my Pinterest board. I’m always hoping a present day seed company will switch to art like that.
I have seen all sorts of variations of this including reproductions on metal sheets (like the ones below), as well as copies blown up and attached to wood using Outdoor Mod Podge. There are lots of decor items and posters with vintage seed packet art here on Amazon as well. If you make your own, be sure you’re choosing art that is copyright-free or permitted for copying via a creative commons agreement.
Happy Riff Raff
This falls under the category: to each, her own! Ideally, your garden is your own private space and you can choose whatever you want for decor. And no judgement of others allowed! Here’s an example: