We talk about landscape design as being both "Art" and "Science". Well, the art element can be expanded naturally to include pieces of statuary to the designer's content.

As with all elements of hardscape, the statuary should generally complement the overall design intent of your landscape. That is, usually place formal pieces in formal gardens and informal ones in that type of landscape. However, as with anything in art, breaking the rules once in a while will add a little spice to most gardens.

Broadly speaking, garden statuary can be divided into several categories:

  1. Abstract - These are pieces where it takes some interpretation on the part of the viewer to determine just what it means or represents.
     

  2. Animals - Pigs, ducks, rabbits and every type of animal life can be depicted in statuary and used in the garden.
     

  3. Architectural - These pieces are used primarily for their form and/or texture rather than their role as directly representational.
     

  4. Globe - Balls and globes of all type have traditionally been used in landscape gardens.
     

  5. Human - Full length figures to busts, the human form in a variety of representations can make a big impact in the garden.
     

  6. Japanese - Pagodas and other Asian type statuary can be of use in a garden even if it is not totally of that design.
     

  7. Urns - Large, open pots of all types (without plants) can add interest to a garden spot.

Signs - We have accumulated a large assortment of garden and other signs that are interesting, cute or just amusing. Take a look.

Visit our image galleries for pictures of a wide array of different hardscape features for the landscape. Our intent is to give you some ideas about the variety of options available in each of the categories we cover. Some are the standard type while others may be unique or unusual. There will be features you might want to copy and others that you may want to avoid. Good luck!

Mr. PGC

 

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