Adding some creative, zany, or whimsical elements to the garden creates a personal space that can satisfy the senses. The gardening possibilities are endless, from art to function and everywhere in between.
This may look like a faucet from nowhere but it's really a clever solar light designed to give the appearance of water streaming out of a spigot. The LEDs light up automatically after dark to add an eye-catching touch to your outdoor area by night and day.
This lion's head fountain is based on traditional European design, but it still looks like it is drooling to me. Don't get me wrong, I love this fountain. It's very much like the one in my back garden that brings joy to me and everyone who appreciates a spitting lion head in your garden.
Made from wood, metal, or plastic, these garden sculptures can keep you entertained for hours! Well, perhaps not entertained as much as mesmerised and possibly drooling like the lion head. They are meditative in a way that helps bring relaxation to the outdoor space, perfect for therapy gardens.
My Glow in the Dark Pet
If you are unable to keep peafowl on your property, you can always add this sparkly version instead. It will bring some bling to the poolside and even light up at night (it's a solar light).
This folk art bird watering can is pretty attractive given that it is made of corrugated metal, rebar and bottle caps. He loves recycling so much he will sit decoratively in the garden and collect rainwater for your plants as well!
Tea for Two
There are a huge number of handmade teacup bird feeders you can choose from and for just about any location. Some stake into the ground yet others can be hung in trees (which makes for a pretty great view during high tea!).
Speaking of the view from above, give hummingbirds a pretty swing to enjoy the garden from. They can spend time contemplating your garden nectar while you enjoy them sailing on and off the swing with ease.
Birdhouses and Birdfeeders Galore
No matter what your interests are you are sure to find a birdhouse or bird feeder that allows you to show your personality. From campers to ladybug umbrellas and everything in between, whimsy in the garden is certainly for the birds!
There are so many weird and wonderful planters that I never imagined. Like a round plant pot inside a clear, square fish bowl so you can see fish swimming around the roots of your plants. Or upside-down planters that defy gravity. How about a cloud wall planter that rains water to the plants below? There are too many to list here so I have created a Quirky Garden Planters collection with 24 silly or smart containers for plants. I'll add more as I find them; it's become a bit of an obsession now!
Have a Seat
While some gardeners try to deter squirrels from staying for a snack, others put out the red carpet treatment, or in this case a cosy seat to enjoy some corn on the cob.
Hey, Big Head!
If you have a real sense of humour and find big-headed squirrels funny, then this feeder will make your day. Fill the container on the inside with nuts and the puffy-tailed rodents won't be able to resist. When they go in for a snack, you get a real, live, caricature in your yard. PS: There is a horse one too. PPS: Wouldn't a Darth Vader one be awesome?!
It's a Trap!
Doesn't this smiling frog look happy? Like he is just hanging out in the garden, enjoying his day. Don't be fooled; it's a trap! A slug and snail trap that is. Fill his grin with 1" of beer and place in garden where your plants are getting munched.
It's Not a Trap!
Little fairy doors are popping up all over the place. While they have existed for hundreds of years, in the past couple of years they have become so popular that public woods have had to crackdown on the hundreds getting nailed to trees. A magical tradition or fad out of hand? Either way, there is room for one in your garden if you wish.
Cushion Your Step
These molds to make vintage-pillow-shaped stepping stones out of concrete are brilliant! You can make as many pillows as you want to scatter around the garden and even use concrete dye to add some bright colours. There are a few different shapes so you can mix it up.
Many More Whimsical Garden Art Ideas
This list could go on forever it seems, with camper birdhouses, raccoons with solar light glasses, and musical bamboo wind chimes. For more ideas and a few more chuckles, check out my collection of Whimsical Garden Art here.