If you have an garden fence or wall, there is an outdoor art gallery waiting to happen. These ideas come from my own garden and gardens I have visited. There is everything from store-bought garden art to homemade, repurposed art, plus quirky thrift shop finds.
Have a look and see what you like and steal the ideas for your balcony or yard.
Bold Color Themes
This sitting area is in one of my top favourite gardens, from a local garden tour. The whole place was packed with fabulous plants and art, all playing off each other. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that the yellow theme is carried through the decor and furnishings in the photo below. This gardener has a great sense for making every plant stand out and having colors play off each other. Pick a bold colour, and use it throughout your space. In moderation, of course.
I love stuff like this. The old gate is a work of art in itself. I would be tempted to have it inside my home. And the wall basket adds a simple, rustic touch. I think the whole thing is particularly effective in contrast to the chain-linked fence.
If you are looking for ways to disguise or cover-up chain-link fence, this post has a whole bunch of ideas including some really nice ways to upgrade without the expense.
It doesn’t have to fit! I love how this oversize sign stands out against the privacy fence. If you look closely, I think they took a regular-size sign and mounted it on the willow divider frame. Good idea.
If you’re on the lookout for a fun garden sign, there are tons of good selections on Etsy. Plus, some vendors will take custom orders.
This shed had the most incredible collection of old tools. So many, in fact, that I feared they had used up all the old tools on planet Earth. You can see more photos of it here. Seriously, there are a lot of them.
Here Comes the Sun
Stars and Pinecones
This is from my garden. I found the star in the garbage. And I started the pinecone garland one year for fun.
Metal Art, Watering Cans, and Kettles
This is also from my garden. I built the raised bed and privacy fence to add good growing space and block out all the pedestrian traffic from the house next door. The wall offers lots of room to display garden art. If you click through to the post here, you can see more.
More Obvious but Good Choices
Repetition is key in decor. Here, some the wall-mounted planters unify the look. And the nice selection of succulents tops it off. The whole thing looks good on the brick wall, don’t you think? I’ll assume you agreed.
Here an old wood pallet is transformed into a herb planter. You could keep it plain or paint the raw wood. Here the herbs are in their own containers. If you want to plant directly in the pallet, be sure to check the code on the wood to know if it has been treated or not. There’s some nasty chemicals in some of these pallets.
Kitchen Tool Art
A meat grinder succulent planter. Need I say more? And no succulents were harmed in the making of this art.