How to Incorporate a Sculpture to Your Landscape

by Angel Waldrop

Are you doing some landscaping on your garden and want to transform it? Did you purchase a nice sculpture and you do not know where to put it? Do you know which sculpture is right for your garden?

Read on to know the answers to these questions and get some tips that you should keep in mind when it comes to choosing and placing a sculpture in your garden.

Stick to a theme

Gardens can have a theme. If you have one already then this will greatly influence what type of sculptures you will get. For instance, if you are creating a Japanese style garden, you should get Japanese-themed sculptures. Abstract sculptures fit best for those who have contemporary homes and a neat lawn. For gardens with blooming, bold flowers, you should get a traditional sculpture the same as that of the ancient Greek and Roman ones.

Choosing a sculpture

An outdoor sculpture can greatly enhance your landscape and it is something permanent so it should be something that you love. There are different kinds of sculptures that you can find in the market these days – religious, realistic, traditional, abstract, contemporary, and many more. If you want something unique or personal, you can even order a custom sculpture. Just keep in mind that the dimensions of your sculpture should complement your garden. For instance, a huge sculpture would ridiculous in a small space but it will be better in a large garden.

Choosing a material

Sculptures can be made from different materials so you have to consider that as well when it comes to picking one for your garden. Metal, bronze, and stone sculptures are more flexible in a garden setting no matter what season it is. Of course, metal will be the most durable material for outdoor sculptures. If your garden will be filled with colors once your flowers bloom, you may want to lay off painted sculptures.


When choosing a position for your sculpture, you should consider its best viewing distance. For instance, Abstract sculptures can be viewed from almost all angles so you need to create a space around it where you and your guests can move around it for viewing. A large sculpture would immediately catch attention so you can place that near your best plants. Small sculptures will cause you to lean down to the ground. You can place them near aromatic flowers.

Additional elements

Consider getting sculptures that will add another element to your garden. The most popular ones are those that come with a water feature – this can be a fountain or a water feeder to attract birds in the garden. Another popular element is lighting, which can also help illuminate your garden at night.

Choosing your plants

The plants around your sculpture should complement it – not block the sculpture or serve as a backdrop. Avoid placing your sculpture near plants that have vines or have the tendency to cling to your sculpture as it grows unless it’s an effect you are going for. Otherwise, you will be spending a lot of time trimming your plants.

With these tips in your head, you will surely be able to have a realistic picture of what you want your garden to look like.

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