Decorate Your Garden Without Breaking Your Bank

Have an Idea in Mind

It helps to have an idea of the theme or motif that you want to create before you begin to shop. Gardening magazines and websites are a great place to begin, but don’t be afraid to step out on your own and be creative. Do you want your garden to reflect your artistic side? Maybe you are looking for a more romantic touch. Whatever your tastes, here are some novel ways to spruce up your garden without spending a fortune to do it.

Flea Markets and Thrift Stores

You can find a wealth of ideas for your garden by scoping out your local thrift stores and flea markets. Look for old things to make new again. A child’s wagon is a playful and fun planter for flowers and perennials. A little bit of ingenuity can change the face of old fixtures like an old claw foot bath-tub into unique and artistic accent pieces for your garden.

Small boxes and containers can be reawakened with some arts and crafts supplies that you can hang in your trees and convert into bird feeders. Even old bottles and jars can be given new life and add a little magic to your garden.

Find Free Bricks and Stones

Create walk ways and borders for your flower and plant beds by looking through classifieds for curbside treasures. Always be careful, and go with a friend, but surplus bricks are often given away at deeply discounted prices or even for free. Ask the foreman at a construction site what they plan on doing with their left-over bricks. Selling them to you at a discount saves them from having to clan them up!

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Natural beauty can be found anywhere there is a beach or pathway through the woods. Driftwood that has been sanded and polished by the ocean can be shaped into tables and chairs, or be used to hang planters from. Polished glass and stones are great for use in mosaics, and also add flair and color to your flower beds.

Don’t Forget the Side of the Road

Remember that old tractor tire that you have driven past every day on your way to work? Not only are they great as the classic tire swing, they can also be used to create different levels in your flower beds (when stacked) as an interesting and artistic planter. Give your tire a good soapy hosing let it dry in the sun. Have some fun with some paint and then let it form a ring around a flower bed.

Check Your Garage and Attic for Buried Treasure

Convert your ‘garbage’ into art and liven up your garden! Old furniture, containers and found objects can be converted into unique and whimsical accent pieces. Recreate dresser drawers into plant boxes and drizzle some of those maria-gras beads in the branches of your trees,

Your imagination is the only limit to what you can accomplish in your back yard. Decorating your garden on a budget is not only do-able, it can be lots of fun! New concepts and ideas can be found almost anywhere you look.

In the Garden With Metalwork Artist Jon Watson

Artist Jon Watson came into his metalwork profession as a result of collaborating his love of metal sculpture and the natural, organic world of plants and gardens.

That’s because decades of sitting at a desk in front of a computer can make you think. About a lot of things. Like gardening. Nature. Organic living. About the overgrown, rich rural plantlife of your childhood in Georgia, and your current view of mostly-brown Arizona. And think about how your life got to this point.

Makes some folks do crazy things. Like walk away from their careers to learn something new – like welding. Artist Jon Watson walked away from 20 years in marketing . . . to learn to weld. He took a year off to train under a professional welder, and then did an unpaid internship with an industrial welding company before finally striking out on his own.

Pretty crazy. Jon admits it was really scary – probably the biggest gamble he ever took. But it worked. Each of Jon’s pieces feels natural, organic, a part of your deepest inner self. And keeping with the gardening/nature theme, all his work is made of welded steel, of course, a natural compound that can handle your weather year-round with little maintenance.

But metal gardens, Jon? Yup. Because he really likes the look of metal sculpture. And it works. Jon’s art is sold all over the U.S. Think about it: anyone brave enough to walk away from a desk job to make metal art can probably do pretty much whatever he wants successfully!

He hand crafts each of his designs in his eclectic collection of metal art. His line of lighting fixtures – from a handmade steel funky lamp to swirling and flaming wall sconces and on to a fabulous upscale table lamp – is truly an enlightening experience in the world of natural creativity. You can immediately see the influence of nature, gardens and plants in each of his works.

Jon’s home now, out of the office and into his shop-garden. His title isn’t corporate anymore, but a simpler one he’s donned himself: the gardener. Just think of Jon, happier than he’s ever been, puttering around his shop, welding instead of weeding, trimming and pruning his steel work before he sets it out for you to enjoy.

Outdoor Garden Tiki Torches – Cool Summer Evenings in a Hot Summer Thanks to Styling Tiki Torches

Yes, really cool, really styling tiki torches. No more bamboo stakes, no more tacky lights… these outdoor torches will do more than light up your nights. They’ll transform your yard and summer evenings. Not familiar with today’s tiki torches? Well, let’s introduce you! Here are some questions to get you started.

What colors do you have in your yard?

Let’s re-phrase that: besides green grass and flowers, what colors have you chosen to decorate your yard with? Think about the colors of:
Your house siding
Any fencing, patios and decks
Walkways: concrete, treated wood, bricks, pavers, etc.
Patio and deck furniture
Flower pots, bird feeders, etc.

Do you have a committed color scheme in your yard, or is it anything-goes coloring? Once you know you can begin selecting your new one… yes, they come in great colors now: cobalt blue, bronze, red, black, green, steel, amber, copper, smoked glass, honey brown, ocean blue, clear glass….

What kind of finish do you want?

Great tiki light colors in a variety of materials: glass, copper, and steel – even a selection of mosaic tiki torches!

Do you have a copper roof or trim? That’s your answer: you’ve got to have matching copper lighting!

Lots of stained wood on your deck and porch? No problem – metal outdoor torches come in caramel, honey brown, bronze, or an antiqued finish.

For a traditional look you may want black finished tiki light. For a little different look some black one have clear glass fuel containers!

Mosaic tiki torches? Yes – and in a variety of colors. Try a mirror mosaic to add sparkle to your night and day!
And of course there are several tiki collection with the cool finishes of pewter, stainless steel and nickel plating.

What size works best in your yard?

Yes, let’s repeat that: what size tiki torch do you want? That means you’re not stuck with just the bamboo stick anymore. Have you heard about deck torches? At 36 inches tall they attach securely to your deck railing. That means you don’t need grass to set up a tiki torch anymore! How about a set of garden tiki torches? At 16 and 17 inches high you can light up the garden, all the paths and your yard! This size is perfect around your ponds too.

And a favorite: the table torch. Twelve inches tall and more than big enough to light your gatherings, you can match any table setting with the style and color selections available.

Okay, and yes, the traditional tall staked tiki torch. Because we still love them, and we can pair them with other sizes now. Between 60 and 72 inches tall, they still look fabulous in your yard!

Well, that should give you an idea how far garden torches have come… will they make it to your house this summer?