Form and Function: Garden Furniture and Sculptures

Choose pieces that complement your landscape style.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: Image courtesy of Doug Yaney, www.yaszum.com

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: Image courtesy of Doug Yaney, www.yanzum.com

Photo By: Image courtesy of Doug Yaney, www.yanzum.com

Crazy Creation

Ivan Hicks creates humorous and free-spirited gardens that catch your eye and make you think twice about at what you’re looking, such as this kayak filled with models of human legs.

All Meshed Up

"Mente la Menta" at the International Garden Festival at Chaumont features a circular pool and sculpture made from steel mesh. This modern garden tableaux offers a light and breezy, interesting hardscape to this outdoor space.

Spiked Beauty

These rods topped with glass stars were designed by for the Westonbirt Garden Festival. They give a dainty, fairy-like iridescence to this garden.

Timeless Teak

Designed by Charlotte Sanderson, this roof garden feature a teak table and chairs, complemented by limestone paving, decking and an Italian polished plaster wall.

Totally Wired

Don't toss out that unused coil of heavy wire. You could transform it into a lion with a little imagination and the aid of some yellow spray paint.

French Flavor

Brilliantly versatile, intricate ironwork furniture adds a French flair to this garden design.

Lazy Days

Lazy days await with this arbor. Its mounted swing allows for hours of peaceful swinging that takes away the stresses of the day.

Take it In

A rustic bench offers place to enjoy the fall color in this lush space.

Compact Dining

Bright tropicals create a natural nook for this simple outdoor dining space.

Floating Spheres

Bold and bright, these balloons set the tone for the futuristic designs at the Chaumont Festival, France.

Circular Garden Bench

This built-in, circular garden bench puts focus on the tree. Built-in furniture is an effective way to take advantage of space available. It helps avoid clutter and solves problems of storing furniture, since it can be enjoyed all year.

Garden Bench Tucked Away in Clipped Hedge

A low-clipped hedge around this bench adds a visual statement to the overall design of the garden.

Paneless Art

What to do with an old window sill frame? In this case, the gardener turned it into a piece of art just by hanging it from an oak tree, which in turn becomes more interesting when juxtaposed with lush vegetation and reclaimed junk.

Garden Snail

If you have any good lumber scraps lying around the workshop or garage, why not make some playful sculpture pieces out of them?

Sculptural Focal Point

A bronze sculpture mingles with vertical plantings in the WellChild Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in London.

The Art of Seating

This graphic, stylish bench in the London Square Garden is evidence that a unique resting place can give a garden its own unique aura and serve as a defining, sculptural element.

Wit and Whimsy

Sponsored by Viking Cruises, this clever Norse garden uses sea-faring elements like a boat's prow turned into a seating element, proof that often unexpected materials can make for the best garden design.

Taking a Ride

In a clever reference to the Tour de France, portions of this stone wall have been filled in with recycled bicycle wheels in the Tour de Yorkshire garden.