If you’re at all familiar with our site, you know that we simply adore unique and playful garden decorations. Whether big or small, bold or subtle, decorating your garden is akin to accessorizing with jewelry. Just like jewelry, it may not be necessary, but it’s incredibly fun and can completely enhance appearances.
When choosing to accessorize your garden and yard, you’ll first want to think about just what types of items you’ll want to see out there. Do you enjoy a relatively cohesive garden, with nature-themed decorations? Do you want items that will stand out a bit more?
Color, shape, and size are all important considerations. If you’re looking for a large, standout piece to really tie the garden together or stand apart from it, you’ll want to purchase something that you truly love and wouldn’t mind seeing daily. Instead, maybe you’d like a set of smaller pieces that can be laid out throughout the yard or garden, populating it with bursts of whimsy.
The options are virtually endless, of course. From completely DIY projects to beautifully crafted retail pieces like we’ve gathered below, there are an untold number of ways you can spice up your garden with some attention-grabbing fun.
1. Glowing Tortoise Pond
Our first garden decoration is a somewhat complex piece, featuring a tortoise sculpture over a rock bed stand, with a small bowl for water at the center. The most striking feature is the set of embedded lights, making for a beautiful little glowing, watery element when placed in your garden.
2. Animals On Swings
There’s something magically whimsical about this piece, comprising a set of four small adorable animal carvings, set on old fashioned wooden swings. The idea is to hang this on a tree branch or an arch, letting the animals swing in the breeze. These could fit perfectly in virtually any garden, so long as you have a place to hang them from.
3. Fantasy Boot House
Speaking of whimsy, you can’t get much more fantastical than this handsomely carved little boot house, wrapped with intricately detailed windows and doors. A set of tiny kitten sculptures comes with the boot, letting you set up a de facto fairy garden in minutes.
4. Baby Cow
There isn’t much that can help describe this adorable little sculpture of a baby cow. It’s cute, and that’s the appeal! A piece like this would probably go best with a handful of other animal sculptures, making your garden into a sort of storybook farm.
5. Colorful Glass Birds
This is one of our favorite items on the list, an absolute rush of color and light that we think would look delightful in any outdoor setting. The multicolored glass has an appeal all its own, only improving with its setting inside an abstract bird sculpture. Set a few of these in the grass on the edges of your garden, plant them amongst the vegetables, or set them up on fence posts for an evocative look.
6. Tiny Mushroom House
Mushrooms have a distinct look that’s beloved for its pliability; they can seem fun and cartoonish, realistic and natural, and happen to make some of the best frameworks for a fairy garden. This piece boasts the addition of interior lighting, making for a warmly glowing presence in your garden at night time.
7. Lounging Umbrella Frog
On the more subtle end of the garden decoration spectrum is this single color frog sculpture. The anthropomorphized little guy is relaxing on a tiny chaise lounge with a refreshing beverage, shaded by a tiny umbrella. The whole scene mirrors what we picture for ourselves once all the gardening work is done and the day holds a few more hours of sunshine.
8. Adorable Owls
These owls are exactly what they seem: a pair of lifelike little sculptures designed to be placed at a strategic location in your garden. Plant them on a stone, a stump, or any raised surface and watch the yard come to life. The best thing is that owl sculptures offer a second benefit: they’ve been known to keep pests out of the area, wary of the real birds of prey.
9. Realistic Rabbits
We love the sincere and cartoonish look of many of these garden accessories, but sometimes what’s preferred is a more natural representation. If you’re looking for adorable in nature, you can’t do much better than rabbits. These gentle creatures represent peace and beauty, and they’ll make the perfect placid addition to your garden. Unlike the real deal, they won’t eat all of your plants!
10. Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil
These hedgehogs are representing the iconic “no evil” stance, with a trio of little cartoonish animals making up the titular gestures. It’s ironic and fun, something that any garden could do with a proper dose of. If you’re into adding something a little cheeky to your landscape, this might be just the ticket.
11. Colorful Donkey
We love the handcrafted, high color look of this semi-abstract donkey sculpture. It’s a metal piece, painted with a blazing set of colors in a highly patterned design. The best part is that it’s perfectly positioned to sit on the edge of a low garden wall made of stone or brick, adding a dose of the fantastical to the entrance of your garden.
12. Wild Dragon
If the previous sculpture was an eruption of color, this large dragon piece is an absolute riot. The bold, wildly stylized sculpture is definitely made to be the centerpiece of any space it’s positioned, with an ample height and intricate details from head to toes. If your garden or yard is big enough, or if you simply like the look of this piece enough, it could make for the ideal complement to your landscape.
13. Gnome Time
Here’s another whimsical sculpture set, comprising a quartet of handsome little carved gnomes wearing detailed mushroom cap hats. Designed to be set up together or spread throughout the garden, it’s ideal for those who enjoy fairy gardens and other tiny, fantastical settings. These would make a great complement to some ferns, moss, or even an existing fairy garden.
14. Garden Fairy
Speaking of fairy gardens, we’ve got one of the titular creatures right here. Designed to be placed on a tabletop, fence post, or even stone garden wall, this highly detailed, hand-carved fairy may be small, but it makes up for a lack of size with a heartfelt presence. The amount of detail in the carving here can’t be emphasized enough.
15. Light Up Lounge Frog
We’ve already shared an adorable little frog sculpture, also lounging beneath an umbrella, but this guy is different. Not only is the sculpture a much more colorful affair; it’s enhanced by a built-in light mechanism, making the frog’s belly glow at night. It’s fun, fanciful, and not just a little bit cheeky. The 1960s style sunglasses really set the whole thing off.
16. Tortoise Family
If there’s one thing that we could always use more of in terms of garden decorations, it’s a representation of family. This handsomely articulated tortoise sculpture gets that image across in a whimsical, friendly way, while remaining relatively subtle in terms of color. This sculpture would fit well in a more mature-tinted garden, adding a splash of fun and warmth without much in terms of brazen colors.
17. Hidden Gator
Personally speaking, this might be our very favorite sculpture of the whole bunch. It’s a sleek design, realistic enough to blend in but stylized enough to stand out as artwork. Most of all, though, is the fact that it’s sneaky – rising and falling into the grass like an actual alligator emerging from a river. We think it’d be a great, albeit cheeky addition to virtually any lawn or garden. Be warned if you live in Florida: it might not go over so well with the neighbors!
18. Dancing Tortoises
So we’ve seen other sets of anthropomorphized tortoises in various poses, but this has got to be the most childlike and whimsical of all. The three reptiles are doing some sort of line dance on a log, and we can’t help but imagine the delight on children’s faces as they behold this adorable sculpture. If you’ve got children of your own, or ones that visit often, your garden will be a source of delight for years to come.
19. Fairy In A Palm
Fairy sculptures don’t often tend to show a sense of scale like this. We enjoy this particular piece because it frames a tiny fairy in the context of a protective hand. This disembodied, life-size piece makes for a truly interesting addition to your garden, especially when placed to appear emerging from the dirt, or a small stone wall.
20. Glass Egg
While this piece is basically abstract, it appears in the rough shape of an egg, making for a glistening, relatively naturalistic appearance in any garden. The transparent body is painted with delicate patterns, making it a great addition when placed between flowers, right in the soil.
21. Kissing Bunnies
If you love adorableness, you cannot deny the appeal of this pair of happy, nuzzling bunnies. The perfectly carved pair is the sort of garden accessory we always saw while growing up and visiting our grandmothers’ homes. It’s sentimental, sweet, and for some people, the pinnacle of what you could place in a garden, other than plants themselves.
22. Fairy On A Toadstool
There’s something intrinsically fun about calling a mushroom a “toadstool,” so we couldn’t resist, especially when this one is topped by a delicately carved, subtly colored fairy sculpture. The wings feature tiny flowers of their own, perfect for close-up examination. Place this deep in the garden, or right on the patio.
23. Glowing Toadstool
Now here we have the perfectly natural image of a frog sitting next to a mushroom, yet it’s made surreal by the bright yellow glow from within. This little sculpture is perfect for placement deep in the garden, where its glow will emanate across your landscape at night.
24. Nuzzling Owls
These owls might also be exactly what they seem: a pair of love birds rendered realistically, perfectly framed for your garden or lawn. Place this sculpture up high on a fence, a wall, or a large stone in the yard, or set it into the garden for a more subtler look. They might not scare away pest animals, but they’ll make you smile every time you catch a glimpse.
25. Dreaming Feline
We saved one of our favorites for last. This ultra-whimsical piece features a cat slumbering in a hammock, dreaming of goldfish. It’s surreal, colorful, and perfectly shaped to hang above or in your garden. If you’ve got a tree or fence nearby, you’re perfectly equipped to hang this accessory over your landscape.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of fantastical, fun garden accessories. While DIY projects can be fulfilling and more ornate structures can be incredibly useful, sometimes you just want to inject a bit of beauty and fun into the landscape without a lot of work. These pieces exemplify this idea.