Ornaments have been used as garden decorations for generations, and although the traditional porcelain statues that your grandma used to love might be a little outdated now, you'll be able to find plenty of modern pieces to accentuate the décor of your patio or lawn. In fact, the right kind of sculpture or water feature can really bring a tranquil atmosphere to your outdoor space.
With much of the world now waking up to the rejuvenating powers of nature, there's never been a better time to brighten up your garden with a few unique pieces. Whether you're after cute garden gnomes, a colourful metal bird, some stunning solar lights, or a large stone Buddha, we've compiled a selection of the 10 best garden ornaments currently available to order online in the UK at Amazon and John Lewis. Happy shopping!
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Ladonas Inlaid Terracotta Solar Water Feature Cascade
Hanging Hammock Gnome
Personalised Slate Hanging Sign
Polished Stainless Steel Reflective Mirror Spheres
Ornamental Wooden Wheelbarrow Planter
Metal Sun And Moon Solar Garden Stake Lights
Decorative Garden Heron
Meditative Buddha Of The Grand Temple Statue
Green Man Hanging Wall Plaque
Garden Fairy Door
A Relaxing Water Feature That Will Complement Any Outdoor Space
A Laidback Take On the Traditional Garden Gnome
A Customisable Sign Perfect for Frequent Garden Party Hosts
Modern, Mirrored Spheres to Reflect Your Space
A Traditional Planter for Your Prized Blooms
Decorative Lights That Are Ideal for Summer Evenings
A Bold Heron Statue That'll Bring Cheer to Your Home
A Majestic Statue to Set a Meditative Tone
Invite the Green Man Himself Into Your Garden
Believe in Magic? You'll Love This Charming Fairy Door
|Colour||Terracotta||Green, red, yellow||Grey||Silver||Brown||Gold, black||Red, yellow, green, brown||Brown||Bronze||Brown, green|
|Material||Terracotta||Resin||Slate, rope||Stainless steel||Pine wood||Metal, glass||Metal||Resin||Stone||Resin|
|Theme||Relaxing||Cheerful||Cheerful||-||Pastoral||Art Deco||Cheerful||Spiritual||Pastoral, spiritual||Cheerful, pastoral|
|Dimensions||H55 x W33 cm||18.8 x 9 cm||11 x 25 cm||Various - largest is 15 cm in height||67 x 26 x 28 cm||-||38.5 x 17.5 x 46.5 cm||38.1 x 50.8 x 66 cm||20 x 20 x 2 cm||11 x 13 cm|
The colour scheme of an ornament is likely the first thing that'll catch your eye when you look at it, so it's a great place to start when considering what'll suit your garden. As always, there are two roads you can go down when it comes to colour: complementary or contrasting.
Those opting for the former option certainly won't be short on choice, as there is an abundance of garden ornaments available in earthy greens and browns that'll look perfect placed in the middle of the lawn or tucked away in your borders. Or, if you've got a flowerbed in a particular colour, why not buy an ornament in the same shade?
On the other hand, an ornament in a bright colour that contrasts with the natural landscape will ensure that your new purchase stands out. There's no way that anyone will be able to miss a sunny yellow ornament against a backdrop of green grass or a patch of pink flowers!
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The material that a garden ornament is made from another important aspect when it comes to setting the right tone. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many people like ornaments that give their garden a rustic feel and complement the plant life in their outdoor space. One way to achieve this is by choosing garden ornaments made from wood or stone - natural materials that sit perfectly alongside grass, flowers, or shrubbery.
Resin, which can be painted any colour, can be used to create a classic shape reminiscent of your grandma's favourite ornament, but will look right at home in a minimalist, modern space too. Slate and terracotta also work nicely in both traditional and contemporary-style gardens.
On the other hand, you might want to opt for an ornament with a distinctively modern style that provides a contrast against the natural backdrop. Metal ornaments are ideal for this purpose, especially if made from reflective steel that looks quite unlike anything else in your outdoor space.
Great pieces of art, in addition to looking impressive, are often designed to create a certain mood. To ensure that your new ornament sets the right tone in your garden, you'll need to consider the kind of feelings it evokes. Some people simply want to bring some cheer to their outdoor space. Luckily, there are plenty of garden ornaments for this purpose, such as a classic garden gnome or a charming "fairy door".
These patio heaters will be sure to keep you warm outside during cold winter months.
For others, their garden is a peaceful zone of contemplation. The sound of running water is sure to set a relaxing tone and those who meditate may appreciate a statue of Buddha or another spiritual symbol.
Unsurprisingly, many ornaments draw upon themes of nature and growth. Whether it's a wheelbarrow-shaped planter that'll remind you of all the backbreaking work you've put into your yard or a depiction of the "Green Man" (the pagan God of growth and rebirth), these will help you to celebrate everything that your garden has to offer.
Lastly, you'll need to consider the size of your ornament - this can mean the difference between a subtle decoration that fits snugly amongst your shrubbery and a huge statement piece for all to see!
We'll provide the dimensions of each ornament so you can make sure that its size isn't a surprise when the postie delivers your order. The last thing you want is something that dominates your space - or an ornament that's too small to be seen.
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This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Dimensions||H55 x W33 cm|
|Colour||Green, red, yellow|
|Dimensions||18.8 x 9 cm|
|Dimensions||11 x 25 cm|
|Dimensions||Various - largest is 15 cm in height|
|Dimensions||67 x 26 x 28 cm|
|Colour||Red, yellow, green, brown|
|Dimensions||38.5 x 17.5 x 46.5 cm|
|Dimensions||38.1 x 50.8 x 66 cm|
|Dimensions||20 x 20 x 2 cm|
|Dimensions||11 x 13 cm|
Written and researched by Ben Willimett
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