As a famous Empress of Dirt once said, a bare fence is an outdoor garden art gallery waiting to happen. And these ideas should give you lots of ideas for your outdoor space.
Let’s Get this Party Started
If you have bold taste, make bold choices! I have no idea what the history of this sign is but I think it’s perfect for those who like their art fairly loud and proud.
The Place Where Old Shovels Go to…
These ones are in my garden. I didn’t really have a plan. I was just sorting garden tools into the useful and useless piles and the useless ones ended up on the fence. And there they hang: beautiful and useless. Which of course now makes them useful once again.
That’s Not Fence Art!
Hold your horses. I have a point to make. I had this old window frame in my shed and I hung it from a tree branch with a pot of fuchsias. It’s painted blue on one side and green on the other. It looks totally cool when the wind slowly twirls it around.
So, my point is, this frame creates a sort of wall in the garden, dividing two areas. So, if you don’t have a wall or fence, try hanging your art from a tree like I did. And if you don’t have a tree, ask a friend to hold the whole thing for you. That’s a sign of true friendship, I believe.
And here is a gratuitous photo of the flowers. So pretty.
Mermaids and Nautical Art
We live between two great lakes so that’s probably why I see so much nautical-themed art on garden tours. Mermaids are very popular right now, especially those mermaid blankets with fins and mermaid swim suits (funny!). I love this copper mermaid. I have no idea if it’s old but I’m guessing so.
I had this photo in my archives and I cannot find the large resolution version to determine what these are. They kind of look like carpet samples but I really can’t recall. That said, the point is anything goes. For me, if an item can stand up to the weather or weather artistically (like copper does), it’s suitable for garden art.
If you are the owner of this garden, please tell me what these cool things on the fence are. I quite like them.
Insect Houses and Bug Hotels
This is my bug hotel. I made it from a thrift shop house-shaped shelf. And here’s the funny thing. There is one chipmunk in our garden who thinks this is his store. I fill the slots with various natural materials, and he comes along and takes them all! It’s happened so many times I’m convinced he must have a mansion filled with twigs and pinecones!
If you love natural materials, you could build some framed shelves, mount them on the fence, and display all sorts of treasures. Until the chipmunk steals them all.
There are a few good ideas here: outdoor wall shelves, lots of clay pots, bright geraniums, and wall-mounted metal art. Use one or all of these ideas at once. I love it that just about anything goes in the garden. Personally, I like to keep indoor decor quite simple, but outside, well, that’s the place to get quirky and creative.