Landscape accessories can add personality to the garden

Creativity comes into play in finding unused objects like these baskets integrated into a garden. Garden accessories can be used as decorations, for fun and eccentricity or to fit a theme.

Flowers are the face of a garden, providing color and texture. But a few well-placed landscape accessories can give it character and personality.

Accessories can range from water fixtures, like ponds and streams, to outdoor furniture and appliances, fountains to statuary, miniature fairy gardens to antiques. Give it some thought, however.

“There’s some wonderful stuff out there (to collect) and it’s awfully tempting, but you have to be really careful not to overdo it,” said Linda Engstrom, a landscape designer from Portland, Ore. She advises putting no more than two or three items in one area. “It gets too cluttered and the eye doesn’t know where to go,” she said.

Many of those items also can be high-maintenance.

And landscape accessories should fit the architectural style of the home, Engstrom said.

Accessories can be used to screen unsightly utility sheds or add some visual flavor to hobby greenhouses, she said. “Put up a pergola and string it with vines and flowers. Add a fountain or garden seat.”

Homemade landscaping objects are becoming fashionable again, said Leonard Perry, an extension professor with the University of Vermont.

Creativity also comes into play finding unusual objects from flea markets, garage sales or your basement, and figuring out how to incorporate them into a garden.

Landscape accessories can be functional as well as attractive. Consider low-voltage lighting that enhances safety along walks and drives, and home security.