9 Whimsical Touches to Wake Up the Garden

As the August heat starts to wilt everything outside, ask yourself how you’re feeling about this season’s backyard. Do you love every inch of this, or does all of that deadheaded, pruned perfection leave you wanting more? It is time to have any fun in the backyard, and that is the perfect time to begin playing around and going for next year.

September is a great time to plant new trees, shrubs and autumn bulbs, and as everything starts to wither on the vine, you are able to spend time painting the shed, building window boxes, including trellises, bringing in a statue, shifting up the strategy, putting out birdseed in funky feeders and revved up outdoor furniture and decor on clearance. Here are 9 interesting elements which will get your gardening mojo flowing again.

Bright Green

Vertical delights. Now’s vertical gardens may take on all kinds of graphic layouts. You may also create a signal, a painterly makeup or spell out a monogram with plants around the wall.

Troy Rhone Garden Design

Cutouts. Heart contours lure visitors to pass these garden doors.

Natural Balance Home Builders

Unusual color. This living roof delights with magentas, silvers, cotton-candy pinks and golden flowers and foliage.

Garrett Churchill Inc..

Sneak a layout into the design view. When you are in this garden, you may not observe the guitar shape straight away, but you can instantly appreciate it from above.

Wall planters. Classical statuary plantings with Medusa-like ‘dos made from succulents deliver a giggle into a fence or wall.

Birdhouse villages. The only thing more interesting than just one birdhouse is a swinging singles birdhouse community.

Shop birdhouses

Robin Amorello, CKD CAPS – Atmoscaper Design

Embellish the drop. You can cover the top with a drop in a way you can’t on the primary home (just be certain pesky H.O.A. president gets a glance out back). Have fun with color and accents like barn celebrities, window boxes, trellises and climbing vines.

Randy Thueme Design Inc. – Landscape Architecture

Surprising scale. Oversize items become eye-catchers when positioned strategically in the backyard. This orange garden urn is one of several artful pieces in this backyard.

Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

Kooky statues. These landscape architects created a fun sculpture out of an abandoned bathtub and an off-the-shelf dragon.

Get a closer look at the statue

Troy Rhone Garden Design

Two rams shield this entry point in an Italian garden. Historically, Italian gardens were filled with well-placed statues and fountains.

Exteriorscapes llc

Placea statue in a spot where folks will delight in stumbling across it.


Bigfoot Garden Yeti – Large – $125

This Bigfoot statue is one of the funniest things I’ve ever spied in the SkyMall catalog, and I hope it brings a smile to your face.


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