Sculpture and it’s place in the garden.

Ever caught a glimpse of a statue at the end of an avenue or pathway and thought ‘oooh I must go and look at that’…

Or you might have seen a group of animals or children playing in the flowerbeds or on a beautifully manicured lawn drawing your eye to that specific point in the garden? Well, they weren’t put there by accident but by design.  Sculpture has a galvanizing effect on a garden.  Sculpture, broadly defined, may be a specific and official “Work of Art” or a compelling gate, seat or gazebo that provides a focal point while adding to the interplay between the garden “proper” (i.e. the plants and their arrangement) and the architectural elements.  A well placed sculpture brings significant interest to a garden by not only giving the viewer something lovely to look at but by leading the viewer’s eye and hopefully feet around your garden.

Today a multitude of materials are used ranging from stone, metal, wood, resin, perspex and glass to meet varied customer tastes and budgets.  That gives a massive choice to meet your specific garden requirement.   It may be that you have a small garden and can only fit in a water feature – why not combine the two things by using an amazing sculpture that’s also a water feature?  Even smaller gardens can think about the use of pots, water baths and wall planters to incorporate sculpture and interest.

For the larger garden and budget why not take a look at David Harbers amazing contemporary collection of garden sculpture you might even consider having a piece specifically commissioned for your garden.

Visit the website of Andrew Illingworth, who has some interesting contemporary garden sculpture in the mid market range

Take a look at Guruve for contempary African art using different types of stone

For the smaller budget please visit for some inspirational ideas especially for the smaller garden.

February jobs to be done

Here’s what you need to do…

  • For early vegetable crops its essential to warm the soil before sowing, cover seedbeds with polythene or cloches.
  •  Complete pruning of climbing roses and rose bushes before new growth becomes too strong.
  •  Cut back ornamental grasses and other perennials left for winter interest, pulling out dead flower stalks.
  •  If weather is mild enough to allow the soil to be worked, lift and divide clumps of herbaceous perennials replanting immediately wherever possible.
  •  Prune Mahonia once flowering is finished, by removing spent flowers at their bases.  Overlong shoots can also be cut back at this time of year.