Beyond pink flamingos: Brighten your garden with a few artful touches
If you love plastic flamingos in your garden, you either fancy the color pink, the bird–or kitsch just appeals to you.
But for those who are looking for a touch of class in the garden, consider a few simple touches. A pretty birdbath not only will look lovely, it will draw a colorful array of birds to your yard. Another way to lure wildlife? A classic bird feeder, simple or ornate.
If you prefer to focus on pure artwork, look to simple sculpture, wind-powered works of art or pieces so whimsical, they’ll put those flamingos to shame. Antique shops, garden centers and even galleries will send you down the right garden path. Here are four of our favorite picks to make your outdoor space extra special.
Stake a claim
These chic metallic industrial pillars bring candlelight to your garden in the evenings. Each powdercoated iron stake rises 3.5-feet and holds a votive candle (sold separately). CB2 grid garden stake, $12.95, cb2.com
There’s no need to spend a fortune on a birdbath. This style, which comes in white or stone gray, is plastic, which means it’s inexpensive and lightweight–but the birds don’t care, and it’s as elegant looking from afar as a pricey piece. Bloem Grecian birdbath, $26.24 on sale, homedepot.com
Take a seat
We’re going to suggest that when you set up that perfect little cottage garden, you make room for a seating area. This number will fit two perfectly. Lucia outdoor case aluminum garden bench, $275 on sale (half off!), jcpenney.com
We love the versatility of this pretty Boho-style stool: Put it to use as you’re weeding and save your knees and back; use it as a side table for your lemonade or sangria; place a pretty potted pant on top or prop up your feet and use it as an ottoman. San Martin garden stool, $103.88 on sale, pier1.com