Statues to Add Interest All Year
Monday, March 18 , 2019
How do you keep your garden interesting when the weather is gloomy? Or worse, when it’s lashing with rain in spring, smashing the blooms of bulbs and trees that you’ve looked forward too for so long? The answer could be using statues.
Choosing a spot
There aren’t many rules for adding a statue to your garden. You can indulge your imagination with pieces that make your heart sing. You have to ensure that the ground is stable enough to hold the weight of the statue, but there’s nothing to stop you adding pedestals or placing statues on walls or between balustrades.
Statues can be positioned in corners, in hedging and flower beds to create intrigue all year round, no matter which plants are in season, But they do look gorgeous as a focal point to draw the eye between opulent blooms and textured greenery.
Creating a theme
The sleek marble lines of this statue of Leda and the Swan adds stylish twist to gardens. Combine it with fronds of green or banks white flowers to compliment the tones of the marble resin.
You can make a bold statement with multiple statues that create a scene with your art work. The garden at York House in Twickenham is certainly impressive! Whether covered in frost, or dappled in the golden light of late summer or framed by vibrant Autumn leaves, these sea nymph sculptures will delight all year around.
Experiment with different textures in planting and sculpture to entice the eye. The smooth “egg” will reflect the light, while the textured patina will age and change with your surrounding garden.
You don’t need imposing statues to make an impression. These simple marble resin doves and Cast Stone Allium balls add a simplicity that show off the surrounding planting in purples and whites and work well in smaller gardens or planted beds.
Half hidden statues also draw you into a space. Chilstone’s Talbot Dog seems to ‘relax’ amongst the tall planting in this deep boarder. The Portland colour weathers to blend into the garden, encouraging lichen and moss growth over time.
Or you might want a jaw dropping statement piece to dazzle in a pop of colour! This statue by David Harber was a show stopper at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Towering over multicoloured perennials and annuals like a metaphorical sun.
Looking Good Whatever the Weather
Whatever your style, statues and sculptures can add interest and intrigue to your space. The material can blend or contrast with the rest of your design to create the impact you desire. This cedar statue was placed by a rough stone wall by designer John Everiss to look like it is pushing through the wall to create the story of the children who battled meningitis for his 2016 Artisan Garden at Chelsea for the charity Meningitis Now in 2016. This statue looks striking with late spring blooms.
While this classical stone statue stands on a traditional pedestal to create romance in this typically ‘English’ garden (although we actually shipped the stone to Japan!) surrounded with summer’s best roses and hydrangeas.
But the best statues look impressive in the stark winter white!
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