When creating a stylish and relaxing garden we often tend to think of perfectly tended flowerbeds, expertly trimmed topiary and carefully selected garden furniture. Whilst these all help to create a stunning garden it often takes something out of the ordinary to add the finishing touch and create a truly unique space.
An unusual garden ornament can be this extra something that sets your outdoor space apart from the rest. To help you choose the perfect garden ornament for your space, we’ve curated a mix of eight different designs to help inspire your decision.
We’ve featured everything from functional weathervanes to whimsical sculptures, and from sundials to wind spinners, so take a look and see what catches your eye. For more garden decor, read our guides to the best solar lights, best garden mirrors and best solar water features.
The best unusual garden ornaments UK in 2023
Browse our selection of garden sculptures, sundials and keepsakes below:
Wooden Mushroom Set
This charming mushroom is carved from a single piece of wood and would add a touch of magic to your lawn. These mushrooms can also double as seats and would make brilliant kids’ garden furniture in particular. Each one can also be personalised with an engraving if you’re looking to buy this as a gift and there’s a choice of three sizes or you can go for the full trio.
Buy Wooden Mushroom Seat at Not on the High Street
Willow Tortoise Sustainable Garden Sculpture Art
These hand made tortoises are constructed individually from sustainable willow so each one is unique. Ideal for grass, patios and decking, there’s also a choice of two sizes so you can select the one which works best for your space. This design is made by an independent seller on
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Eileen wins the holiday of a lifetime, including a luxury one-night stay at Middle Eight, a chic hotel set in bustling Covent Garden, whose streets are lined with some of the capital’s best shops and restaurants, and a night at The Guardsman, an exclusive boutique hotel just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace.
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We’re back with more from Susan Esche’s visit to the beautiful University of British Columbia Botanical Garden in Vancouver in early September. It is open to the public and has many different sections and types of gardens to explore.
Horse manure makes an extremely good soil improver for the garden. Often combined with stable bedding and allowed to rot down for a couple of years, horse manure is perfect for digging into planting holes or spreading onto the surface of bare soil. Fresh manure mustn’t be used directly on the garden as it can actually remove nutrients from the soil and scorch plants, but it can be added to compost heaps.
We often hear from Cherry Ong when she’s traveling to visit a marvelous public garden, but today she’s letting us in to see her home garden in Richmond, British Columbia. She says that she’s learned to love fall and is sharing the beauty of her shade garden with pictures she took in early October.
Fall is a great time for garden chores. This is the time to clean up before winter, protect vulnerable plants, and wind down the growing season. This isn’t the right time for all tasks, though. Know what to do with your garden in the fall and what not to do — for instance, what plants should not be cut back in the fall — to best prepare it for next year.
Take a tour of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and discover a meeting ground of natural beauty, expert design, and horticultural excellence. Nestled in the picturesque landscape of coastal Maine, this garden offers a symphony of colors, fragrances, and serene vistas that will surely captivate any nature enthusiast. In this video, director of horticulture (and frequent Fine Gardening contributing writer) Andy Brand takes us on a journey through three of his favorite gardens and gives insights as to what makes them unique. This tour barely scratches the surface of what CMBG has to offer, however, with its more than 300 acres and 16 unique gardens connected by well-maintained paths and trails. You can spend days at the garden and still find something new.
BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair returns to Beaulieu, in Hampshire on 3-5 May 2024. Book your great value tickets now with 15% off, or 20% off for Gardeners’ World Subscribers (see below) and look forward to a great day out!
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