Garden decor of a single color creates cohesive look

red door in garden
What looks like an entrance to a secret place is just a fun red door. Other red items are a birdhouse, sun dial, Polish falcon and rocking chair. Red coneflowers help carry out the theme. This is from the landscape of Jerry and Marie Wysocki of Hamburg. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

Buffalo-style gardens are known for displaying quirky objects as garden art, such as a gumball machine or a giant bird cage.

Put an elegant spin on that idea with a monochromatic theme. Choose one color for the decorations in a section of your landscape.

Using objects of the same material, such as glass, can also make the space more cohesive.

Here are some examples from this summer’s Open Gardens.

pink bicycle in garden
Another garden in the Wysockis’ yard features pink items. The predominating objects are the pink bicycle with a basket of pink flowers and the huge flamingo. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
glass garden decorations
Linda Monaco of Lackawanna has many glass and ceramic decorations like this one in the foreground, so she groups them in this section of her large yard. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
black and white pots in garden
The pots in your garden can carry out a theme, too. Linda Monaco finds that grouping her gray and black & white pots together looks great. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
paint can as pot in garden
If you can’t find enough pots that fit in with your color scheme, make some. This is simply a large paint can covered in white and grays to coordinate with the other containers in the space. Make sure you drill holes in your container to provide drainage. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

8 Comments on “Garden decor of a single color creates cohesive look

  1. Karen, thanks so much! I tell people that even if they aren’t gardeners, they can subscribe to and just look at the pretty pictures. It’s wonderful that here in Western New York we have so many wonderful gardens to visit!

  2. Photos like these are really what we need in these trying times . Thank you so much for all the inspiration, Did I mention how gorgeous they are !!!

  3. Hi Connie,
    We are veryposiztive about next year and we are starting to plan for it. We hope to get many people excited about Iris. So if you would like me to write about irises, I will be glad to do that. Did you know that there are a class of Iris blooming almost every month of the year? And we will teach all about those various classes of Iris in the coming months of 2021. Let everyone know how excited I am and we will welcome anyone who is interested to learn about the different classes of Iris. Tell interested gals and guys to call me and I will tell them when and where the educational movies will occur. Thank you, Marilee Farry president Western NY Iris Society 716-668-1789.

  4. What a fun article with such great ideas! It really got me imagining next spring . . . .

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