antique elements border a garden patio
Photo: Linda Oyama Bryan
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Time-Tested Tips: Use Art, But Edit It

Sculptures, antique farm implements, and other art elements add pizzazz and a personal touch to a garden. But if you want them to work as accents, not background noise, you have to choose carefully. Susan used to display everything she received as gifts or found at flea markets. Then a visitor to her garden made a remark about "tchotchkes," and she realized her garden had become too cluttered. She edited down her display and now features a single large piece in each bed. A tall metal rooster presides over one area. An outhouse storage shed serves as a focal point for another. She turned rusty metal wheels into edging for flower beds around the patio. Pots are displayed in an old goat cart and a wood wheelbarrow elsewhere on the property.

Shown: Susan used salvaged metal wheels to build this stunning garden edging.
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