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New Decor Ideas for the Spring Season

For some of us, spring is here! For others, well, it’s going to be a few more weeks before we see fresh green grass. Nevertheless, in terms of making plans for the garden, the spring season is definitely here because when we think about how we want to decorate the backyard, snow and ice won’t be part of the picture.

If the planning involves nothing more than taking the old garden statuary items out of storage and putting them back in the same spots they occupied last year, then planning isn’t really needed. However, if we want a fresh, new look for the backyard, we need to invest some time and effort into the process. This can be as little as a few hours, or, if we want to give the backyard a serious make-over, a few days. No matter how much or little we want to make changes to the garden, though, we are going to need a few new items. If we want to get really creative, we are also going to have to consider some novel ideas for the decor we display, as well as how and where we show it.

This spring season, try these suggestions to surprise and entertain garden guests:

Unique animal garden sculptures: Instead of sticking with the same angel statues and other garden sculptures as previous years, shake up the backyard scenery with an animal statue or two. Sculptures of animals are an easy way to give the garden a touch of humor, a bit of natural beauty, or to just give it a brand new look. Fun decor like the At a Snail’s Pace Garden Gastropod Statues: Large Snail lend a creative, easy-going look, and fit right in with just about any decorating theme. If we would rather go the cute route, we can’t go wrong with adorable decor like the Prized Pup Statues and other detailed sculptures of cats, dogs, and baby animals.

Flower planters: The garden is an ideal place to showcase natural decor, the most common of which are flowering bushes and plants, and floral arrangements. Although it’s too early to see them come out of the ground, we can still envision where we want them to grow, as well as where we would like to show flower cuttings. In addition to making plans for flowerbeds, we can also purchase new sculptural planters. The Art Nouveau Mystic Maiden Wall Pocket Planter Sculpture and similar detailed decor lend a classic touch of elegance to any garden, and can give an equally fine touch to the interior of the home.

Consider gargoyle statues: The good thing about gargoyles is that they can be displayed in a lot more situations than we realize. Although they often act as essential decor for Gothic and medieval-themed gardens, ironically, gargoyle sculptures also work well with angel statues, other types of classic decor, and a backyard decorated with nothing more than garden gnomes and a water fountain. They can take the form of wicked statues that entertain the imagination, sculptures that welcome guests with Gothic flair, and can also act as backyard wall decor. One such example of classic wall decor is Gnash The Grotesque Gargoyle Wall Sculpture. This intriguing wall decor item looks just as classy on the walls of spring and summer gardens as it does inside the home.

New Asian-themed decor: An Asian garden statue or two can also act as a novel addition to the backyard. Make an impression with beautiful, quality sculptures like the Praying Baby Buddha Asian Garden Statue and the Shenzhan Buddha Garden Statue.

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How to Convert Water into Fun Garden Decor

It’s summer and in most of the USA and Canada, it already looks like it’s going to be a hot one. As the temperatures rise, we can spend a boring summer in air-conditioned malls and homes, or have fun and take advantage of the great outdoors. That’s easy enough when one of the greatest parts of the outdoors is right there in the backyard. If it gets too hot, we can just head back inside, or we can forget about that and stay cool in the pool. We can also make use of other water features to give the garden a cool, refreshing look for garden guests and backyard wildlife.

Try these ideas to turn this year’s summer garden into a fresh, green oasis:

Outdoor garden water fountains: If we haven’t done so already, the time has definitely arrived to get the garden fountains out of storage and fill them with water. Although we aren’t going to bathe in those fountains (that’s what the pool is for), the sight and sound of running water is a peaceful, cool addition to any backyard. To reduce water use, put the fountains beneath the shade of a tree, or consider covering them during middle of the day or when you leave the garden.

Another advantage of the garden fountain is that it can take many       forms. For example, to match the Greek garden statues and other fine, classic decor in the backyard, we could go with exquisite, classic sculptural fountains like the beautiful Portare Acqua Italian-Style Sculptural Fountain, or the Hebe, Goddess of Youth Garden Fountain. If a more modern, natural-themed fountain would look better, we could display water decor along the lines of the Staggered Rock Canyon Cascading Garden Fountain, or the Grizzly Gulch Black Bears Sculptural Fountain. No matter which fountains we put in the garden, the blend of sculpture and flowing water will give a lovely welcome to guests.

The backyard pond: A Koi pond is another classic water feature that works for any backyard. It might be easier to install than you think and is meant to be decorated with statues and other fine garden decor. A small sculptural bridge lends a quaint touch, and bronze piped decor can convert the pond into a fountain.

Fun decor for the pool: Make the most of pool time by decorating that important oasis with ocean-themed decor, and brightly colored, tropical sculptures. A mermaid sculpture can give the garden a fun, exotic look, while the “Beer Buddy Tiki Parrot” Statue will be the life of the party. Other suitable statues for the pool include realistic, detailed sculptures of crocodiles, sharks, pelicans, crabs, and other marine wildlife.

Water-themed games: Although it’s not decor, water-themed games are still an essential part of the summer garden experience. For kids of all ages, water and hot weather translates to tons of fun. All it takes is a hose or a sprinkler to stay cool on hot summer days but why stop there? Get a small slide for the pool, put out a long piece of plastic on the lawn and wet it down for slippery fun, and have random water balloon fights. Just get creative.

A bird bath: Last but not least, put out a bird bath or two so the garden can act as an oasis for birds. Bird baths bring more life into the backyard and are always fun to watch, especially when lounging in or by the pool with a cold drink in hand.

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