27 Garden Decor Ideas for Enhancing and Accentuating Your Outdoor Space

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Designate a Spot to Relax

A recessed garden wall with a bench
The recessed, white garden wall stretches across the entire backyard. The wall is simple yet elegant, with a sleek finish that contrasts beautifully with the lush greenery. A simple wooden bench situated in front of the garden complements the clean lines of the garden wall and is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the tranquil backyard.

Add Pops of Color

A front entrance with bright orange accents
PVC piping is a budget-friendly decor option to incorporate into your yard. With a little paint, PVC piping can take on the look of metal or clay. These PVC pipes have been cut diagonally and painted in various shades of bright orange to create a stunning addition to this front garden.

Divide Your Backyard Into Zones

A backyard with an ornate room divider Emily Henderson / Design by Emily Bowser / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

If you have a large backyard, dividing it into separate areas will allow you to enjoy each area to its fullest. These antique room dividers separate the sitting area from the garden just beyond. Not only does it help create zones but it is also a stylish addition that draws the eyes up.

Look Around Your Home for Decor

A shelf with plants and a gold picture frame

If you have shelves of growing plants, spruce it up with some decor items from around your home like a gold picture frame and candlesticks. It’s a free way to add your personal aesthetic to your outdoor space.

Create a Passageway

A raised garden with a metal circle decor

As soon as you step through this moon gate, you’ll be surrounded by the raised veggie garden beds. The passageway to the veggie garden is not only a stunning decor piece but it helps separate the garden from the rest of the backyard.

Create a Focal Point

An Asian-style garden
A statue is an easy way to create a focal point that can act as an inspiration piece to help plan out the rest of your garden. This spiritual Asian-inspired statue sits behind a modern gas fireplace and is surrounded by bamboo, which sets the tone for the rest of the garden.

Light Up Your Backyard

A cottage style backyard with a neon sign
The potted succulents give this outdoor seating area a lush, refreshing look, while the growing vines on the fence truly immerse you in nature. A neon sign at the center of the sitting area that reads “It’s mint to be” is a bright, eye-catching sign that pops against the dark colors of the surrounding plants. It’s a playful touch that adds a sense of whimsy to the space.

Make a Stylish Plant Cover

A raised garden with a stylish plant cover

If you’ve taken the time to create the perfect garden aesthetic, a plant cover can ruin the look. Instead, make your own plant cover that’s as stylish as it is functional.

Display Potted Plants

A backyard walkway with potted plants
 For a one-of-a-kind way to display your container garden, look to your backyard’s walkway. The stepping stones are the perfect spots to place a variety of potted plants for an aesthetically pleasing look.

Keep It Simple

A backyard with distressed planters
This minimalistic garden needs simple decor to match. The oversized, rustic clay pots keep with the minimalistic look while bringing texture and interest to the backyard.

Go With Black

A backyard with a black privacy wall

Adding a backdrop for your garden can really help your plants stand out. This black privacy wall helps the green and red colors of the garden to pop instead of blending in with the trees beyond the wall.

Skip the Plants

A multicolored rock garden in a backyard

Plants aren’t the only way to create a visually-appealing garden. A rock garden in a variety of colors and patterns is a one-of-a-kind feature to add to your backyard, especially if you don’t want the maintenance of a traditional garden.

Take a Nap

A desert style backyard with a hammock
 There is a raw beauty that comes with a desert backyard, with the rocky terrain view just beyond the backyard and the various succulents that border the backyard. At the center of the backyard is a bold-striped hammock that stands out against the neutral tones of the surrounding landscape. The bistro lights hanging above the hammock cast a warm glow that makes this spot the ultimate place to take a nap.

Display Garden Tools Like Artwork

A wall in a backyard with hanging garden tools
 If you have pretty garden tools, display them on your shed or greenhouse wall. Not only does this make the perfect garden decor, but it also makes your tools easily accessible and will encourage you to keep your tools clean, too.

Incorporate White Accents

A backyard with an ornate gate

You wouldn’t normally pick the color white as a vibrant color, but it really does pop against a lush green garden. Whether you choose to plant white flowers or incorporate white decor items, the contrast will create a stunning visual impact. This backyard features an intricate gate that acts as a simple accent piece that makes a big statement.

Customize With Signs

A backyard with a DIY herb garden sign

You can give your garden a custom look with DIY signs. And, if you have a cutting machine that can cut wood, you can make as many signs as your heart desires. This Herb Garden sign is a stylish way to differentiate all the plants in your garden.

Add Shade and Style

A green hosue with burlap shade cover

Not only is a shade cloth essential for providing shade during hot summer months, but it can also act as a design detail. This greenhouse gets an update with some draped burlap that brings rustic charm to the space.

Create an Inviting Ambiance

A greenhouse with candle decorations

What’s cozier and more welcoming than the warm glow of candlelight? This greenhouse gets some personality with a variety of thrifted items, from the candle holder to the patterned saucer plate and glass cloche.

Paint a Concrete Slab

A backyard with a brightly painted patio

This desert garden gets splashes of color with a little paint and furniture to match. What was once a plain concrete slab is now the focal point of this backyard. The bright orange color is seen throughout the backyard, from the tabletop planter to the fire pit and chairs just beyond the sitting area.

Don’t Forget the Walls

A greenhouse with a grow already neon sign
 If you want to keep your garden shelves free for more plants, a greenhouse wall is a perfect opportunity to hang some decor. This fun neon sign adds some whimsy and humor to the space.

Add Pattern

A back deck with patterned flooring
 From the potted plants to the rose bush, this outdoor deck is filled with lush plants. The deck is painted in a refreshing blue and white pattern that breaks up the monotonous color of the surrounding garden.

Mimic Plant Shapes

A front entrance with bright orange accents
 This succulent garden features cacti at varying heights to add visual interest. PVC piping, painted in a variety of bright shades of orange, spruces up one part of the garden that also features cacti at the same height and shape. This brings a cohesive look while adding a contrast of color.

Make a Stylish Trellis

A deck with plants and a copper and black trellis
 Every climbing plant needs a trellis, but it’s hard to find a stylish trellis at your local store. Instead, make your own using copper piping and stained wood.
A backyard with a pool and string lights

This backyard is designed for the ultimate spot to relax and enjoy the fresh air—from the comfortable lounge chair to the above-ground pool. The garden just beyond has an area you can dine al fresco and bistro lights that hang among the tree branches so you can stay out even after the sun goes down.

Display Your Container Garden

Hanging potted plants on a garden gate
 Display your abundant container garden vertically on a garden gate or lattice to help draw the eyes up while saving room for more plants.

Save Wine Corks

A cork plant marker
 Next time you open a bottle of wine, save the cork to use as a plant label. Wine corks are an easy, budget-friendly way to label your edible garden while adding a cute design.

Add a Variety of Planters

A cozy backyward with a mountain view
 A combination of planters in the same color family adds a cohesive look while bringing texture and interest to a wall of trees. The color of the planters is carried through to the outdoor seating nearby.

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