Ornaments for the Herb Garden
by Carole McCray
Garden ornamentation is another fun
side to planting an herb garden. Your
inventive spirit takes over and decorating the garden becomes a personal
qualities—beauty and function- are important elements to consider when
you introduce ornaments into the herb garden.
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Garden furniture can be both
beautiful and useful. Benches,
tables, and chairs lend themselves to making the garden inviting and
relaxing. Upon completion of
an herb garden, a garden bench made of cypress was the first ornament I
added to the garden. It
seemed only natural to choose a bench first.
Following garden chores, it offers a resting place where plants are
enjoyed at eye-level; it beckons as a place for contemplation, and it
becomes a decorative feature in the garden.
Garden furniture can be found in
wood, canvas, wicker, metal, or stone. Garden style and particular colors
will determine what type of garden furniture will ‘go’ with your
garden. Soft shades of blue,
green, gray, or natural tones impart a calming effect to the garden and go
well with herb plants.
The precept of combining beauty and
usefulness can be applied to decorative objects in the garden.
Here are examples of beautiful garden ornaments with a purpose.
SUNDIAL—an instrument with a dial
to chart time with the edge of a shadow cast by the sun onto a metal
gnomon, angled at 45 degrees; usually the focal point of the garden,
centered within herb plantings. They
can be made of brass, pewter, copper, aluminum, marble, bronze, seasoned
wood, stone, or granite, and lend old-fashioned charm to the garden.
BEE SKEP—traditional as the
sundial but not so functional as years ago when used as a working hive.
Made of wood, straw, or wicker, a bee skep gives a distinctive
touch of the past to today’s herb garden.
BIRDHOUSES—simple or fancy
shelters in architectural designs that duplicate schoolhouses, churches,
log houses, chalets, A-frames, English cottages, Victorian gingerbread
homes, and even your own dwelling. Birdhouses
designed for bluebirds, wrens, sparrows, and other species are handsome,
practical garden ornaments.
BIRDFEEDERS—functional and good
looking styles designed to foil squirrels, feed a special species like
hummingbirds or other wild birds, hold suet or particular seeds, or offer
fruit to seasonal birds like orioles and tanagers in the summer.
BIRDBATHS—reservoirs of water in
terracotta, stone, concrete, ceramic, or metal for birds to splash, drink,
and entertain you with their aquatic antics.
Water adds a peaceful note to the garden.
BUTTERFLY STONES—flat, smooth, and
placed about the garden to attract butterflies to sun themselves.
BUTTERFLY HOUSES—mounted on a post
or tree for butterflies to take their rest.
HERB MARKERS—in wooden, ceramic,
or terra cotta for attractively identifying herb plants.
CONTAINERS—terracotta pots, stone
troughs, or wooden tubs—their subdued colors complement the soft greys
and greens of herbs. Pots can
be moved about the garden to different spots during the season.
Fill lighter weight pots with tender perennials for easy moving
indoors to winter over.
Access to plants in the garden is
essential if you are to utilize the herbs.
An attractive path serves both as a decorative and functional
feature of the herb garden. Paths
can be designed with old bricks, varying shades and sizes of stone or
gravel, wood chips, or cocoa hulls. Subtle
changes in color and irregular textures in stone or brick give a pleasing,
interesting effect. With
gravel, use lighter shades to brighten a dark area; darker shades to
heighten distance or space.
Should not the outdoors be given the
same special treatment as the interior of your home; your garden full of
beautiful and useful objects.
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