Garden art has existed as long as
a) There has been broken stuff that people couldn’t or didn’t want to get rid of and
b) There’s somewhere to toss it outside, and
c) There was a gardener there to say, Hey—that would look good with flowers in it.
Point c), of course, is the one that helps distinguish the undesirable junk pile from the artistic focal point in the garden.
On recent garden tours I noticed a renaissance of wheels in the garden. Bikes, tricycles, wagons, carts, prams, old farm equipment—broken or whole…anything goes. Sometimes the item is painted or embellished. Other times it’s just left as is.
Here’s a collection to give you ideas:
Wooden wheelbarrows make wonderful planters:
This bike was simply spray painted white:
Plant flowers in every bike basket, I say!
Here a bike (that has seen better days) is ‘planted’ by the tree. (I’m not sure what that mysterious figure on the right is!):
This old tricycle is a permanent little piece of outdoor art by the porch steps:
This couple built their own water wheel with a lazy river that runs the perimeter of the garden:
Old cart wheels with an assortment of stainless steel containers of annuals on a farm:
Another seatless bike is parked in the hostas:
An old Mennonite buggy with annuals on a family farm: