Debby Lockey's Blog

Sculptures in the garden

I love using sculptures in the garden;  I feel they add an extra dimension to the space.  They are a permanent structure in an ever-changing environment.  In the winter, when all the perennials have died down they hold their own, whereas in the summer, in amongst the plants, they act as a focal point on which to rest the eye. 

The choice of sculpture really depends on what you are trying to achieve.  It could be an extension of the garden style. Drift wood sculptures would look good in natural, relaxed gardens or seaside gardens.  Large urns would suit a classical setting. Alternatively you may want to inject some humour or drama into the garden.  Whatever your choice it should reflect your style and personality.

Siting the sculpture is again a matter of personal choice and style.  In formal gardens a sculpture can be a focal point sited at the end of a path; the junction of several paths or beside steps and patios. Alternatively a niche could be cut out of a Yew hedge and the sculpture placed on a plinth within this bay. In more relaxed, asymmetrical or serpentine garden I like to hide sculptures in amongst the vegetation so they surprise the visitor.  They can also be used to add interest to the garden, by placing them next to water so they add an extra dimension with their reflection.

The size of the sculpture is again up to you.  But don’t be tempted to go for anything huge in a private garden as this will upset the balance and create a feeling of being overpowered.  Generally one striking sculpture is better than lots sculptures, which can generally be overwhelming.  But having said that, small animal sculptures hidden under bushes are very enticing to children.  So as with everything associated with a garden try to think what you are trying to achieve, then go for it.



Posted 9:33, Wednesday 2nd March

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About Debby's blog

Every month I will give you some tips on what to do in your garden and allotment for that time of the year.  Because I am a designer there will be elements of design thrown in along with gardening advice.

I’ll also let you know about any projects I am working on;  the ideas behind the design, how we will implement it and what the outcome was like. 

If any one would like to contribute I would be pleased to hear from you.  I am always pleased to hear other people’s experiences especially since I have found that the more I learn about gardening the less I seem to know.

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