25 Inspired Garden Ornaments in Lush Landscape Designs

Garden ornaments in diverse materials like glass, metal and wood serve as integral elements of these landscape designs, both mimicking and contrasting the natural world.

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May 23, 2018

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Midcentury Modern Garden, Water Feature and Entryway

An elegant water feature with a period sculpture lit at dusk provides dramatic visual interest and acts as an audible screen to street sounds. The award-winning design by DWY Landscape Architects of the property in Sarasota, Fla., harnessed the strong planar forms of its midcentury modern architecture to create equally bold exterior spaces.

Front Courtyard of Contemporary Gem

Curved pathways and carefully planned plantings, as well as art that feels planted, create a modern courtyard that's ideally suited to this home's unique, contemporary architecture.

Backyard Overlooking San Francisco Bay, Silicon Valley

Set on a hillside overlooking the San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley, this once mundane site was full of potential when the Kikuchi + Kankel Design Group arrived. After remodeling the pool area and adding rows of flowers, the homeowner and landscape architects then completed the space with an ultra-chic sculpture.

Backyard and Porch at Night

Green lawns set off this home's quiet stone exterior and light-colored patios. A modern sculpture-like outdoor light gives off a striking glow.

Fire Feature Illuminates Sculpture

At night, a fire feature ignites along the edge of this pool, creating a stunning meeting of the elements. The fire is fully functional, too, as it showcases the metallic sculpture.

Vignette With Mirrored Column Illusion

The garden at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014 led to a final vignette, designed by Kate Webster and Thayer Hopkins, to inspire and encourage reflection. A brick path draws the eye toward the abstract, mirrored sculpture that reflects light and creates the illusion that the pillars are also decorated with the flowers.

Colorful Cottage Home With Stone Walkway

Stone steps lead to this adorable orange cottage home with maroon and blue trim. A pair of colorful glass orbs lend a playful touch up the steps.

Patio With Gravel Chips and Metal Sculptures

Amid a background of bamboo, metal sculptures, gleaming circular pads and granite ground cover create a artistic approach to an outdoor patio.

Cottage Front Yard With Pergola And Spherical Wooden Yard Art

A flowering, shrubby vine grows up this pergola to eventually provide full shade over the front porch. The spherical yard decoration made of driftwood is representative of the homeowners' appreciation for art.

Sculpture in a Modern Garden With Water Feature

Three Sixty Design created fluid transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces for a client in suburban Denver, and the Colorado American Society of Landscape Architects gave it a 2014 honor award for residential design (over $100,000). The design makes the dream home a living work of art, with actual sculptures among a water feature in one portion of the 3-acre site.

Modern Take on a Classic Garden Wall

This vertical garden offers a contemporary spin on the more traditional garden wall. The oversized, textured medallion serves as a focal point, while plants in a mixture of textures, colors and shapes draw the eye onward, and raised redwood beds ground the space.

Modern Sculpture Garden at Night

Landscape architect Steve Martino tried to exploit every opportunity he could find to make this sculpture garden an extension of the house. This small land-locked garden in Arizona had been separated into two levels by two sets of stairs and dominated by boulder retaining walls. Now, features such as a water channel create a visual axis from the entry door to the prized Kaneko ceramic sculpture.

Garden Terrace Envisions the Sea Rising With Fire Sticks and Mer-Horses

Landscape architect Davis Dalbok's inspiration for the front terrace at the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase was of the sea rising and a rogue wave overtaking the garden, leaving behind flotsam and jetsam. Firestick plants mimic the look of coral, and a pair of "mer-horses" and Indonesian clam shells with chromed "pearls" represent the sea creatures.

Modern Sculpture Garden

The owners of this Arizona property wanted an elegant and modern outdoor space that related architecturally to their house and would be used for entertaining in a gallery-like setting. The two large sculptures were pieces the owners had in storage, and they were incorporated into the award-winning design by landscape architect Steve Martino.

Branch Sculpture

The front yard of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase features this stunning round branch sculpture. The natural wood fits well surrounded by hedges with a brick backdrop.

Native American Inspired Art in Eco Friendly Yard

In the design of this home's yard, designers installed a statue inspired by Native American artwork, helping to connect the home to the culture of the land. Highlighting the statue are a few indigenous, flowering plants, adding color to the space, but not requiring much water, keeping the yard sustainable and eco friendly.

Asian Garden Statue Framed by Coneflower Plants

This garden sculpture surrounded by natural green landscaping brings Asian tradition and style into a backyard garden.

Tuscan-Style Garden With Urn

Decorative pieces, such as a large urn and silver orb, give this Tuscan-style flower bed a unique, whimsical look.

Gravel Courtyard With Gray Deck and Globe Sculptures

Rich materials with various textures, including the soft native trees and plants, coarse gravel, and smooth lumber, create an overall sense of balance in this front courtyard. The sculptural balls add an artistic element to the space.

Eclectic Garden Featuring a Large Snail Sculpture

A funky metal and stone snail sculpture is featured in an eclectic, well-manicured garden.

Modern Courtyard in California Desert Home

A striking sculpture makes a contemporary statement in the courtyard of this modern desert home. The covered pavilion blends the indoors and out with comfortable furnishings, a chic bar and dining area, creating the perfect spot to entertain.

Pool and Statue Lit Up

This Miami garden is also an outdoor gallery for art and other decorative objects sourced from around the world. Florida oolite, Caribbean coral, Indonesian limestone, Tibetan granite, Indian teak and Turkish travertine are some of the exotic materials and textures found in this small but beautiful yard.

Poolside Patio With Metal Leaf Sculptures

Towering metal leaf sculptures add drama to this tranquil pool area. Multiple white lounge chairs sit underneath the sculptures for poolside relaxation.

Asian Outdoor Space With Buddha Statue

A Buddha sculpture enhances this outdoor area's calming ambiance, creating a tranquil escape from the surrounding bustle of New York City's Soho district.

Pollinator-Friendly Wildflowers on Purple Rooftop Terrace

The 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase features a rooftop terrace lined by purple walls with pollinator-friendly flowers from landscape architect Chih-Wei G.V. Chang. Large-scale white vessels serve as both planters and sculptures.

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