You can create a big statement in the garden with giant or over-sized garden art, décor, and plants. Huge flower urns, big sculptures, and massive sunflowers all work wonders.
If you like to DIY your projects with repurposed and upcycled items, these 50 Creative & Recycled Garden Art Projects will keep you crafting.
Great Big Garden Décor
I’m a big fan of oversized garden art, giant flower pots, and massive plants. Sometimes going big is just right for the space.
These ideas come from home gardens including my own.
Oversize Flower Urn
How great is this urn? It’s about 5-feet tall and perfect next to this gorgeous house from the late 1800s.
Some gardeners use concrete pads to keep heavy urns like this steady and level. If your sandy is sandy like mine, it would definitely need secure footing.
Giant containers like this work particularly well in a more formal garden. Average-sized urns tend to look dwarfed in a larger space but a massive one like this? Perfection.
I’m sure the cost is prohibitive to many of us but, if the opportunity presents itself, go big!
Planter at The Park
Plant Nursery Flower Pot
Giant Garden Art Bird Nest
This homemade giant bird nest sits on top of my garden shed. It’s around 4-feet wide. I decorated it with Dollar Store Easter eggs which I painted blue.
For scale, if I built another one, I’d want it about 3x larger (if the roof could hold the weight). I love this one but super oversized would be perfect. Exaggerated proportions is key!
Either way, it’s funny how many birds sit up there, seemingly watching the world go by.
To make your own see How To Make A Giant Garden Art Bird Nest.
Giant Garden Art Flower
Several years ago I started creating garden art flower versions of some of the most common flowers in my garden. Coneflowers (Echinacea spp.) spread so rapidly here that, along with bee balm (Monarda), are the heart of the garden and well-loved by the insects, butterflies, bees, and birds. This giant DIY flower is a hat tip to their determination to rule my garden.
For step-by-step instructions to make your own see How To Make Giant Garden Art Coneflowers.
Giant Tomato Planter
This next idea is quite quirky and fun. It’s a giant tomato! It was originally a decoration on top of a restaurant. The couple who created this garden had it installed in their garden. I’m not sure how it’s held in place—it could be some combination of fastening it to the adjacent fence and support posts.
The entire garden is decorated to encourage the grandkids to grow vegetables, tend the beds, and play.
Giant Vintage Wheel
This rural garden was filled with all sorts of creative ideas for using parts from old farm tools and machinery.
Here they have installed a giant metal wheel between some stone walls.
I have an entire gallery of ideas for using wheels in the garden here.
Easter Island Moai Statue Replica
This next idea probably belongs in the Love It or Hate It category. The whole story of the original Easter Island Moai statues is intriguing but I’ll leave it to you whether you want one in your garden. It’s more the idea that counts: some sort of large statue you love can create a great focal point.
Replica Easter Island Moai statue
While you can’t really tell in the photo, this one is perhaps four-feet tall and sits on a massive, sloped retaining wall by a large pond.
Giant Garden Art Ladder
I fell in love with decorative garden ladders some years ago. My original one, which really was an old ladder used by a painter, was gradually wearing down so I built this giant new one to take its place.
This one is around six-feet tall and painted blue which is a recurring theme color throughout my garden.
Because this design is purely decorative, the ladder is not functional for climbing. However, I did line up the rungs so that shelves could be added. It could hold a lot of flower pots for display indoors or outdoors.
How To Build A Simple Garden Art Ladder shares how to make your own.
My friend Nicole lives in New South Wales, Australia. This fabulous bathtub planter has giant agaves growing in it. While those of us in cold climates don’t have plant options like this, some other large-scale plants—like hostas or ferns—could work.
You can see more of Nicole’s creative, repurposed garden here.
If you want to convert a bathtub to a pond, it’s not complicated.
Giant sunflowers are another way to make a big statement in the garden. But be sure to choose the right ones—there are all sorts of types in various colors, shapes, and sizes. This shares which sunflowers grow massive heads and/or can grow very tall.
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