A garden should be more than just a cultivated area with plants in it. It should show creativity, have something to draw the eye to it, and I submit, should be FUN for all. To add that last element, try a little “whimsy”. This adds real character and individual art, or your own creativity. A warning here, however. You can easily get carried away and detract from the beauty of your plantings by overindulging in whimsy or getting too tacky, but here are a few items I have seen in other gardens that have made me smile and enjoy the garden they adorned more than I otherwise would have. Some of those whimsical ideas include:
• Scrap metal welded animals (given a humorous name like a dog named “Rusty”)
• A steer skull hanging on a wall (lit at night for additional effect)
• Old wagon wheels, plows, milk cans, and items of a bygone era
• Humorous signage, e.g. “This yard protected by fire ants!” or “Beware of Geckos” or “We’re so excited about gardening, we wet our plants”!
• Artificial fruit hanging from a tree in which they obviously don’t belong
• An old bathtub or water trough used as a planter
• Cute statuary pieces , and humorous yard art pieces
• A phony water faucet with a crystal bead for a water droplet coming from it
• An old bicycle or other unusual object against a fence with vines crawling over it
• A colored glass bottle tree
• Animal skulls or bones laying in a cactus bed
• A yellow brick road for a garden path or dry river bed with fish painted stepping stones in it
• Unusual containers, e.g. a ceramic boot with succulents, or galvanized pails for flower pots
• Stumps with tractor seats on top for garden chairs
• Anything else that will add levity to your garden. The depths of your imagination are the limit. I’ve even seen an old chandelier hanging in an old oak tree above a garden or mirrors along fences to make the garden look larger.