Ideas for Garden Ornaments—and a Sale!

With so many kitschy garden ornaments on the market (gnomes or pink flamingos, anyone?), it’s hard to remember a time when hand-crafted urns, pedestals and statuary were highly revered. Entire books have been written on the art of garden ornament, however, such as Barbara Israel’s guides, and The Brass Knob has got dozens of prime examples.

Better yet: They’re all on sale—this weekend only, May 9-10—where you can purchase unique pieces at 20 to 25 percent off.

Here’s a sampling of what we’ve got, plus some inventive ideas on how to repurpose antique and vintage architectural elements into functional accents among the flower beds.

A large column capital becomes a small garden seat or plant pedestal.
Statuary turns an average yard into a personal statement.
The large fragment of Art Deco limestone is ingeniously used as a porch step.

Something as simple as an antique copper roof finial can make all the difference in a garden.
Antique ornamental cast ironwork adds personality and interest to an other wise bland privacy fence in this paved garden setting. The bird bath and stone planters don’t hurt, either.
We’ve got many more of these items in our inventory, which are going on sale this weekend.

How about these decorative ironwork pieces for the patio door?

Cast iron grille with scrolled and stylized foliate design
Wrought iron grille, circa 1900

Or these, to bookend some outdoor steps?

Glazed terra cotta ball finials atop acanthus leaves on foliate plinth bases, circa 1910
Cast-concrete seated lions

This antique bird bath would also make a fine plant stand:

Two-piece pebbled-concrete bird bath

And there’s nothing like statuary or other sculptural elements to give character to a bed of ivy or peek out from the flowers:

Reinforced cast-concrete fruit garden baskets
Small figural cast-concrete garden font and planter
Cast-concrete figural fountain of a child holding a dolphin. If used as a fountain, the water comes out of the dolphin’s mouth.
One of a pair of cast-iron garden urns with fruit garlands and lion masks at the base of each handle, underneath the seated putti.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend. Mother’s Day might be the perfect opportunity to help Mom make her garden more beautiful!