18 Tips for Decorating Your Garden | diy garden

18 Tips for Decorating Your Garden | diy garden
1. Use Ornaments as Finishings
Photo by Jennifer Cheung
Much more than an afterthought, garden ornaments can guide how you shape and use your outdoor space, and affect how it feels when you’re in it. A wrought-iron gate can mark the entrance to a world of green, a tree-hung lantern raise your perspective, a curved bench inspire a nap. Carefully placed, pretty yet practical, these elements offer subtle but effective clues: Turn here. Look up. Slow down. They also give a garden space a finished look in all four seasons. The trick is to not overdo it.

Shown: A weathered iron pendant, with some bulbs removed for a moody glow, hangs from a tree over a bed of agaves.

2. Design for Outdoor Rooms

Photo by Jennifer Cheung
“A furnished garden shouldn’t look too perfect or contrived,” says Susie Beall, an interior designer who, with her architect husband, Ed, conceived the gardens on their rolling acre in Southern California. Their goal: to create outside rooms as comfortable as the ones inside.

Shown: Succulents spill out of a pillar-like planter at a path entrance, with an iron bell hanging from a nearby tree.

3. Don’t Be Afraid of Patina
Just as they remade their 1950s ranch house in the style of a Tuscan farmhouse, the couple wanted a landscape with patina. They started by adhering to a simple, mostly green palette of plants starring pepper, cypress, and Chinese elm trees amid rosemary, acanthus, Virginia creeper, and white ‘Iceberg’ roses. “Garden decor can get lost in a highly colorful landscape,” says Susie. “For us, our mostly stone ornaments are the busy part, and they pop against the green background.” Certain items, picked up on their travels, may be pedigreed and pricey, but they share ground with catalog and nursery finds, so nothing seems too precious. Read on to learn how they used decorative objects to create seductive outdoor living spots.

Shown: A lantern sits on a stone shelf, with a mirror providing a window onto the green world.

4. Repeat Your Home’s Exterior Style
Whatever the style of your home, ornaments can carry it into the landscape, grounding the building in its setting. Here, to harmonize with the rustic stone-clad entry, iron urns are set atop matched terra-cotta pedestals. In the courtyard, a pediment decorated with dolphins and holding potted succulents echoes the theme and creates a focal point. The house’s stone is picked up in the pavers, seamed with grass that softens the walk to the front door.

5. Dress Up Garden Entrances

Photo by Jennifer Cheung
Even in a small landscape, a sequence of discrete spaces, connected by passageways and paths, adds a sense of mystery and expansiveness to an ordinary stroll. The Bealls created a journey that begins with a wisteria-draped arbor near the house and winds downhill, across terraces, along walks, and down steps that continue the theme of eye-catching, weatherworn stone. Paths indicate the way; iron arches and gates—many from gardener’s-supply catalogs and covered with vines—mark transitions to different areas. Potted bougainvillea, citrus trees, and palms further accent entries, as do finials perched on pedestals.

6. Tie Furnishings Into the Overall Scheme

Photo by Jennifer Cheung
The style of any tables and chairs you choose has a big impact on the look of your outdoor spaces, of course. But they should also feel cohesive with the other decorative objects and materials you use. The Bealls found a pair of inexpensive rust-finished iron dining sets at a pottery yard. With extra chairs scattered around the paved “carpet,” they make a casual lounge for cocktails and conversation.

7. Choose Decor Suited for The Outdoors

Photo by Jennifer Cheung
Elsewhere, the couple created an outdoor living room, but instead of pricey all-weather wicker, they chose roll-arm wicker chairs from an import store and weatherized them with spray-on marine varnish. Concrete pottery-yard pedestals double as extra seats and cocktail tables. A black oval aluminum dining set anchors the main gather-round eating space.

8. Take Lighting to Another Level

Photo by Jennifer Cheung
Many landscapes are most romantic after dark—by the glow of the moon and when well-placed electric lights spotlight trees and light up paths. The Bealls took their lighting a step further, hanging gracious outdoor lanterns from the boughs of trees. They also used tall streetlight-style lamps to punctuate patios and roundabouts. All these fixtures coordinate with the lights placed on the house’s exterior walls.

9. Showcase Plant Collections

Photo by Jennifer Cheung
Besides singling out favorite specimens for pots and pedestals, the Bealls grouped container plants where they could appreciate them at eye level. Ed, whose passion is succulents—aeoniums,



  1. Cresta erhadt on September 22, 2020 at 11:30 pm


  2. vera soneghetti on September 22, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Muito lindooooo 👏👏

  3. Agunge Kawelasan on September 22, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    Sangat mengispirasi…👍..🙏

  4. Enedi Dallabona on September 22, 2020 at 11:40 pm


  5. Nida Gabriel on September 22, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    wow nice conntend,,sending my.support,hope you do the same friend,stayconnected

  6. carol rodrigues on September 23, 2020 at 12:14 am

    Another wonderful video 👌Thank you for sharing and also for the many creative tips in the description box.. Sometimes we tend to forget to add the extras which does break the monotony of a usual garden and makes a huge difference of setting it apart… 🙏❤

  7. fatima ZNATIYA on September 23, 2020 at 12:18 am

    Très jolie DESIGN un beau jardin qui fait plaisir. LIKE

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