Garden Décor Elements
It is great to have amazing plants, shrubs and trees but by adding some unique items your yard and garden comes alive in a different way. Adding décor and art items to your garden brings whimsy and interest anywhere it is ‘planted’. The four basic components to consider when choosing items to add are: light, sound, movement, and color.
Light is defined as electromagnetic radiation within a certain portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. More simply, light cuts through darkness and illuminates space. Lights or lighting will brighten any outdoor space and add visual interest. Light can be easily added to potted plants on a patio, porch, or deck. You can also add a string of lights just about anywhere including on a deck, or pergola. Lantern lights are great for trees, arbors, awnings, or hanging from a shepherd’s hook. Try lighting a pathway or around the foundation of your house with items that stick in the ground.
The power source for your lights can be replaceable batteries or a rechargeable solar battery pack. Solar lights need about 6 – 8 hours of good sunlight each day to fully recharge their batteries, so these lights need to be placed in an area that gets good sun. Battery powered lights might be a better solution for areas of your yard that are mostly shade. Many battery powered lights also include timers, which relieves you of having to turn them on and off all the time. Once these solar lights are turned on, they can remain on for 5 – 6 hours, depending on what the timer is set for, then go off and come back on each day at that same time. The batteries are easy to change and are usually AA or AAA.
The definition of sound is the auditory sensation evoked by the oscillation in particle displacement. In other words it activates the ears to hear. Sound is very personal. It can invoke different emotions, sensations, and feelings depending on the sound itself and the person hearing it.
In your garden, the sound is often of nature. The birds, the crickets, the wind through the trees, even ground animals scurrying around. Décor that adds to these sounds would be a great addition to your backyard. Filling space with sound is also very personal. A bell bouncer ornament in a tree provides a gentle embellishment to a soft breeze. A wind chime in a tree could be music to your ears. Speaking of – how about music? A bluetooth speaker on a lantern or flower stake is great fun for a party or just a relaxing afternoon with a good book. Sync the speaker up to your phone or tablet and YOU control the music.
Wind through the trees or tall grass is an example of natural movement. The spinning of a kinetic spinner indicates either a gentle breeze or a strong wind. The gentle flapping of the wings on a metal butterfly stake with a solar body that combines these two natural elements could also be such a relaxing addition to your outdoor environment. It might also be a hanging fairy with a bell on the bottom. Combining movement with either sound or light results in an amazing effect.
Color is the characteristic of human visual perception described through color categories, with names such as red, yellow, purple or blue. Color in your garden décor is important as it draws the eye up from the ground. Color and movement are a good combination as it draws the eye in and the motion holds your attention. Color and light area also a good combination, especially at night. Great color with light behind it will feel welcoming and break the darkness in a unique way.
Understanding the importance of each of these garden décor elements and how they work together is key to using décor to accent and highlight your garden, giving you amazing effects, day or night.