Statues (sculptures or lawn ornaments) are a cool addition to almost any garden. They come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Common construction materials include:

  • Concrete (used to mass produce items such as gnomes and small figurines)
  • Metal (used for sculptures, long-lasting but corrodes over time)
  • Plaster (used to make very inexpensive statues, generally short lifespan)
  • Ceramics (used to produce ceramic pots, typically thin and prone to breakage)
  • Timber (used occasionally for garden art, rots if left untreated)
  • And stone (used for long-lasting sculptures, weathers well with age)

Like many other elements you choose to add to your garden, it’s better to match your statue choice to its surroundings. That is to say, you probably don’t want to add a Roman statue to an Asian-themed garden unless you really have your heart set on it. Many times, the right statue is all that you need to pull everything together.

Larger statues are typically used as a focal point, meant to draw attention to a specific area of the garden. It’s recommended that you avoid placing one of these in the exact center of your garden space. Off-centering it a bit is considered more visually pleasing. There is an exception to this rule, however. Placing a statue in the center of a small pond is generally “doable”.

Statues are appropriate to use in alcoves or at the end of a garden path. It’s also common to place them on top of columns and pedestals. Formal statues obviously work better in a formal garden setting. Whimsical statues, on the other hand, are perfect for children’s gardens and other informal garden themes.