Popular garden accessories often include birdbaths, pots, planters, lamps, fountains, fire pits, gazing balls, statues and lanterns. By complementing a garden's theme, whether traditional, modern or eclectic, effectively chosen accessories add character to the yard while giving the landscape increased purpose and function.
An often overlooked garden accessory is lighting, an ideal way to create the right ambiance. String lights are fun and festive, with low to moderate illumination. Available in both traditional and modern versions, glass enclosed lanterns safely add a classic touch to any garden. Lit with regular or flameless candles, lanterns provide flickering illumination that is soothing and restful, whether they are placed individually or grouped for dramatic effect.
Birdbaths provide a unique focal point to a garden with an ever-changing dimension as songbirds visit for drinking and bathing. Fountains, also attractive to birds, add the sound and movement of water. Like birdbaths, fountains need to be appropriately sized for a harmonious fit with the scale of the garden. While pots are often useful as plant holders, they are also effective when several sizes are placed in a grouping without plants, giving a Mediterranean feel to the garden area.
Fire pits command attention and serve as a focal point for a garden. Be careful not to station a fire pit too close to plants that may be adversely affected by extreme heat.