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Lawn and Garden Decor Takes Your Style Outside

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

About 85 percent of Americans invest time and money -- an average of $500 every year -- to beautify their lawn and garden spaces, according to the National Gardening Association. Retailers that make up the $35 billion lawn and garden marketplace recognize this demand, and are making it easier than ever for you to reflect your personal style with lawn and garden decor.

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Upscale landscaping lighting, decorative sprinkler heads, patio heaters, copper hose hangers, lantern candle holders, stone bird baths, and mosaic stepping stones are just a few of the accents that can bring your backyard to life.

Create a Plan

Before you go shopping, examine your outdoor space. Is there a natural focal point, such as a garden bench, fountain, fire pit, or a large piece of statuary? If not, creating such a spot -- or enhancing what you do have -- should be your first priority. Once you've established the heart of your lawn and garden decor, your next step is to expand on that theme.

Consider the visual interest of your yard. Does your landscaping draw your eye both up and down? Adding containers of different heights and hanging plants from shepherd's hooks helps to create vertical lines and fill in any gaps in your lawn décor.

Add Structure to Garden Spaces

Pathways, decorative stepping stones, and edging add form to otherwise unstructured lawn and garden spaces. Stone lends beauty and elegance to any lawn and garden. But thanks to advancements in foam and plastic technology, you can achieve a masonry look without the heavy lifting and often-astronomical cost. Concrete stamping and staining is yet another cost-effective option that can help you achieve the appearance of stone.

Landscape lighting is practical for lighting walkways, but it can also be used to set a mood. Use it to highlight water features, seating areas, and your lawn and garden's main focal point. It comes in variety of styles to reflect the period of your home or the theme of your lawn decor. You can buy die-cast metal shades in a number of shapes and colors. Less expensive plastic light sets are more basic, but still provide the lighting you need to enjoy leisurely nights spent outside.

 

Take Your Time

Just like the inside of your home, lawns and gardens can take years to decorate and make your own. After you've covered these basics, you can incorporate other lawn and garden decor items and accessories into your theme. You can find everything from With many available styles in items from hose hooks to bird baths, you'll create your perfect lawn and garden haven piece by piece.

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About the Author
Dawn West B.A. holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University and teaches writing at Oregon State University.



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