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28 July. 2021.

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The Best Garden Accessories to Enhance Landscape Design

After carefully planning where you’ll place your rhododendron or azaleas or painstakingly determining your ideal landscape design, using garden accessories to enhance the look of your yard can be pretty exciting. Adding garden accessories to your landscape design can help you create a more finished look and take your land from “backyard” to “retreat.” Here are some of the best garden accessories that you can add to your landscape design to help your personality (or, for businesses, your brand) shine through.

Planters & Stands

Your landscape isn’t just what’s in the ground. What sits on top it matters too. Planters can help add another element to your landscape. Because planters come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and materials, you can truly have fun experimenting with different styles. Whether you appreciate a more modern looking pot or a rustic trough, Austram carries planters for everyone. Austram planters not only work well for private backyards, they can also help decorate retail, dining, or hospitality establishments.

Planters can be placed adjacent to garden beds, on decks, on balconies, and on patios. Cluster different sizes together to create an alluring display. Utilize plant stands to create layered looks and to add height to your display. Plant hangers can also add some beautiful metal detailing to your landscape look.

Shepherd’s Hook

There’s something both surprising and captivating about a hanging plant. And while we’re used to them around eaves and awnings, creating a display in a garden with a shepherd’s hook brings whimsy to your yard and allows you to create a multidimensional gardening experience. Adding a couple shepherd’s hooks to your garden beds or flanking a seating area can help provide some additional height to your garden and provide you with more opportunities to sprinkle color throughout your yard.

In addition to hanging plants, your shepherd’s hooks can also be used to hang lantern-style solar lights.

Benches & Seating

Seating is a must have for backyard design. After all, you have to be able to stop and enjoy all your hard work, right? Smell the roses, as they say.

Austram benches and armchairs come in a variety of colors and are rust-free, so you can be sure that your garden design will work for years to come. When working with benches, you can make the bench itself a focal point or situate it so it has the best view. Austram benches feature modern, art deco, and classic detailing, so you’ll be sure to find one that matches your style.

Gazebos & Arbors

Gazebos come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and materials, and they are truly statement makers. Whether used to provide shade or to create a seating area, combined with flowering vines they can look truly enchanting.

If your yard or design can’t handle the size of a gazebo, an arbor may be the perfect way to create a grand entrance or to create a defined space. Arbors can also be combined with benches create a small retreat space from which to view your garden.

For the Birds

If you’re a fan of winged creatures of the avian variety, you may want to consider providing them a place to roost—especially if you know you live in an area where certain birds migrate. Imagine looking into your yard and spotting a hummingbird at your feeder or a cardinal taking a bath!

Birdhouses, bird feeders, and bird baths come in a variety of styles. If you’re focusing on particular colors or prefer cottage-chic to modern simplicity, you’re bound to find something that fits your garden aesthetic.


Whether you’re a garden gnome aficionado or just a fan of frogs, statues can be a fun way to add character to your garden and infuse it with a small dose of humor or classicism. Whether you opt for a miniature Venus de Milo backed by a flowering shrub or a fairy on a toadstool to place in front of your annuals, make sure that your statue will weather well. Check what material they’re crafted from and what type of paint was used (if any) to give it color.  Your statue will need to handle UV rays and a somewhat moist environment. There is, however, something poetic about a greyscale statue with a touch of moss.

Watering Cans

Watering cans can serve as functional art in your garden. Their iconic styling combined with fun colors helps you tie together a theme or introduce a whole other colorway. Place your watering can in an area that’s both convenient and visible and you’ll never forget to water your garden!

Solar Lights

Solar lights are very popular for lighting pathways and illuminating garden bed borders. From unobtrusive lights that lay directly on the ground to more ornate lights that feature metal work or glass globes, it’s worth investing in some solar lights so you can enjoy your yard beyond sunset. Consider whether you want to have the solar lights be a part of your landscaping design or if you want them to just blend in before hitting the store. Thankfully, solar lights are simple to set up. Many come with stakes that you drive directly into the ground. Unlike electric lights, most don’t have any wires to camouflage.

Austram: Elegant Accessories for Your Landscape Design

Whether you’re creating a personal garden or landscaping for a business, the accessories you use can help take your space to the next level. The right garden accessories can help you transform a beautiful green space into additional living space, whether it’s for a private patio or an outdoor eating area for your bistro. We hope this post has given you some idea for how Austram products and other accessories can help enhance your landscape design.

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