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Objet d'art in the Home or Garden!

Updated on November 9, 2015

French Pottery

A stunning example of  a piece of French pottery.
A stunning example of a piece of French pottery. | Source

A French Garden

The French have always made living with style and great beauty an essential part of their lives.

The French garden is based on the principal of imposing symmetry, structure and order over nature. Clever use of trellis work and careful attention to every detail of the garden gives one the illusion of space.. French gardens traditionally include beautiful pots, some ancient and some modern. Many of these have been hand made by potters with much of the pottery coming from the South of France. The Ancient gardens in France have always been a lot more about utility than beauty. You will find Olive and Citrus trees resting comfortably in the pots, as do herbs which form an essential part of the French Cuisine. The Olive jars are just that - containers in which Olive Oil is kept but they do make such interesting focal points in a garden.

Heavy garden chairs and granite tables are a great addition to any garden landscape. They blend in so beautifully with the surroundings and provide such an inviting outdoor space - where friends and family can enjoy the traditional French food and wine together.


Objet d'art

Trellis & wrought iron mix comfortably together, interspersed with carefully placed dark green and grey accent plants.  These add  interest to the high wall.
Trellis & wrought iron mix comfortably together, interspersed with carefully placed dark green and grey accent plants. These add interest to the high wall. | Source

A framed Clematis

A Clematis beautifully framed in an old picture frame.
A Clematis beautifully framed in an old picture frame.

Trellis work

Trellis work leads the eye in.
Trellis work leads the eye in. | Source

Fishing

Fishing in a little French terrace garden
Fishing in a little French terrace garden | Source

A small terrace garden

A delightful terrace garden which includes a sunshade for hot days
A delightful terrace garden which includes a sunshade for hot days | Source

An old French cart

A wonderful feature for a large garden
A wonderful feature for a large garden | Source

Creative weaving

Watering the plants in a Ffench City Garden
Watering the plants in a Ffench City Garden | Source

Colorful planters

Creative use of color France
Creative use of color France | Source

Creative use of plant containers

A small terrace has been carved from the rear bank behind this house. This beautifully sheltered spot is a place to sit, contemplate and watch the antics of little birds which have dug out long adjoining tunnels in the clay soil in which to bring up their young.. This space includes a small handmade bird bath which provides drinking water for them and other small visitors.

A hand crafted bird bath

A hand crafted bird bath
A hand crafted bird bath | Source

A quiet place

A garden bench surrounded by pottery
A garden bench surrounded by pottery | Source

A gnome of African origin

A gnome of African origin
A gnome of African origin | Source

Creative gardening

Creating a garden is such an individual thing. Every garden speaks volumes about the person who created it. Deciding on which style of garden you would like to create is often a major decision. It must not only appeal to your taste but should be manageable, either on your own or with the help of a gardener! Will it be styled on a French garden or will you choose a small tranquil Japanese garden? Will it be a garden filled with the scent of flowers or herbs or will it include the sound of water? If you are fortunate to have inherited an established garden, you will only need to keep a watchful eye on it and tweak the design to transform it into something which eventually carries your own individual stamp.

A humorous little fellow

Little garden creatures add a little humor to the garden
Little garden creatures add a little humor to the garden | Source

Terracotta garden ornaments

Grouped pots add character to a quiet place
Grouped pots add character to a quiet place | Source

Container gardening

Beautiful pots can provide a focal point to any garden. Placed next to the entrance of a house they add charm and give street appeal. Filled with seasonal plants they can add a burst of color and instantly make one feel welcome or at home. In snowy weather pots can form wonderful architectural shapes and add interest to a somewhat bleak outlook. Ornamental pots look wonderful, either placed standing upright on laying on their sides, especially if they are interspersed among the borders. Place a line of staggered square or round metal tubing in the borders with baskets of flowers or containers balanced on the top of each pipe. This will instantly add height to the garden, especially if it is in the formative years of the gardens growth. Consider placing pots against blank walls to add interest to otherwise blank walls. Plant dark green accent plants in pots close to trellis work to provide a focal point. Use a large decorative jug as the basis for a simple water feature or fill containers with herbs for the kitchen.

Terracotta planter

Succulents form a headdress for this planter
Succulents form a headdress for this planter | Source

Little or large!

It hardly matters whether your garden it is the size of a postage stamp, or whether it extends several acres. What matters is that you make it into your own special space. It may only be a small terrace garden where ornamental plants and pots abound! It is surprising how a small space can be transformed with only a few hanging baskets and some containers filled with flowers. These will spill over the sides with color. Plant some miniature fruit trees in pots and pick your own fruit from them! Some grafted varieties include five different varieties on one tree! The magic of creating a garden from scratch is that you get to decide on the style, very much as you would when you decide how to decorate the interior of your house.

A Gnome caught between pots

A Gnome contemplates his situation
A Gnome contemplates his situation | Source

Plant Containers you might like to consider!

  • An old Tin Bath
  • Woven Baskets lined with plastic
  • Tin Cans with drilled drainage holes
  • Wellington Boots with a hole drilled in them to provide drainage
  • Use a flat concrete Tray to make a miniature succulent garden
  • Plant a row of Boxwood or conifer plants in containers to make a living wall or hedge.
  • Raised Urns
  • Chicken Feeders
  • Half Wooden Barrels
  • Re-usable plastic grocery Bags
  • Metal or stainless steel Colanders
  • Croc shoes planted with lobelia, hen and chicken or succulents
  • A Kiddies Paddling Pool makes a great veggie or herb garden
  • Sea shells
  • Giant size Tea cups
  • Leather Stiletto Shoes
  • Orange or tea boxes
  • Egg Shells
  • Metal lunch boxes
  • Trash cans
  • Wicker Baskets lined with plastic and spray painted in colors of your choice
  • Jerrycans,
  • Metal Drums
  • Wooden Wine Barrels
  • Metal Watering Cans
  • Metal Washtub - add a water pump to make a water feature
  • Pig Trough
  • An old wagon if you have the space and are lucky enough to find one!

Pottery on the patio

Stunning Pot on a patio or verandah
Stunning Pot on a patio or verandah | Source

Tips and tricks for correctly placing containers

  • Place two pots at the beginning or at the end of a path to create perspective and to give one a feeling of distance
  • Place architecturally important pots in strategic places. This encourages visitors to explore
  • Pots can be used almost anywhere, on stones, or on steps or the tops of walls or patios
  • If you are fortunate enough to have a long grassy slope, mow a long path down through it. Place a sculpture at the end of the path or even a shepherds with his flock as seen below.
  • Planted pots on the edge of steps, patios or wooden decks help to soften and add interest to a garden
  • Include a small hand crafted concrete dish as a part of a group of pots to encourage small birds and insects to quench their thirst from your garden.
  • A formal effect can be achieved by adding pea stone or shingle to paths. Place large pots filled with a variety of herbs or plants on the stone to help soften the effect or create a mini herb in them.
  • Small or large pots can be placed on the top of a tall strategically placed hollow metal pipes in the ground to add height and structure to borders.
  • Plant miniature fruit trees in pots and create a mini orchard on a patio or deck.
  • A very economical way to craft your own birdbath, planter is to buy some prepackaged concrete mix from a do-it-yourself center. Add a little colorant and pat the mixture into a mold of your choice. You can even do this in dry sand. Once the concrete dries you can leave the color natural or color it with acrylic paint.

Shepherd watching his flock

If you can't have the real thing, have someone create some metal sheep and a shepherd.
If you can't have the real thing, have someone create some metal sheep and a shepherd.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

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      Thank you very much, I appreciate your stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Just love all these ideas on creative gardening, only to dream about this winter.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Thank you for your comments, also your vote up Eiddwen. You are very kind,I very much appreciate your posting my Hub your FB page, definitely something for me to check out later. You have a lovely evening Eiddwen, Best wishes, Sally

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub and I vote up plus post onto my FB page 'A Brand New Dawn.'

      Eddy.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Hello Stephanie Henkel, thank you for your visit. Thank you for the vote up and also for the share. It is much appreciated, as is your PS as regards the videos I posted. I will check that out today - thank you. Sally

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      What beautiful ideas for garden ornaments! Your article is so well written and beautifully presented and illustrated. I love the framed clematis and the handmade birdbath! There are many ideas that I'd love to use in my own garden. Voted up and shared!

      P.S. the videos you've posted are not working for me...

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      That is such a sweet thing to say Audrey. HOTD - now that would be amazing and something I hope to achieve one day. I always appreciate your visits and I hopeyou having a wonderful week-end, especially if you are spending it on your deck. Best wishes, Sally

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi again Sally - I just had to come back for more inspiration :) These photos are amazing and I get so many ideas from you. Love containers for gardens, decks and such. This hub should be HOTD ! Thanks once again ~ Audrey

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      DDE Thank you very much. I am always delighted to find a way to combine my writing with my photography. I so appreciate your so regularly dropping by. Thank you, have a great week-end.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Amazing and so beautiful photos on Objet d'art in the Home or Garden such great efforts here

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      agapsikap, vocalcoach, thank you so much for your comments. I am so glad you both took the time to visit my Hub. Thank you vocalcoach for the vote, share and pin. These are much appreciated.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi sally - You responded to an answer I recently gave in the forum and I thought to myself, ' I need to check out her hubs.' Glad I did because this hub is fantastic. I love your ideas and your photos are magnificent. Voted up, helpful, awesome, interesting and will pin and share!

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      agapsikap 4 years ago from Philippines

      Great tips and tricks on placing container. I like your photos and ideas are amazing. Thank you for this.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Thanks Cat.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      These are great ideas for items to add interest to a yard. I like the range of photos you have provided.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      It is a real balancing act - trying to write Hubs and wanting to be outdoors in the lovely sunshine! I confess I have been a little slow to print these past few weeks but I am fast gathering some new material along with my camera for some very different Hubs.

      I do love having a Herb Garden - just using my own fresh Basil and Parsley or Chives makes such a difference to one's cooking. I appreciate your comments and your visit Cat, thank you!.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      sallybea,

      Oh what a beautiful hub! I shouldn't be inside right now, I should be working on a garden! :D

      I know you are the master of wet felting but I wanted to see what else you have going on and I'm so glad I did. I wish I had a larger yard as I would love to have a garden like anyone of these, aside from the flowers that border my house and property, I only have a vegetable and herb garden. There are some wonderful tips and ideas here. I might just have to find a way to squeeze some into my yard. Excellent hub!

      Up, awesome and useful!

      Cat

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Hello billybuc, how nice of you to stop by. I hope you will get your acreage and also your old wagon. They really do make a great feature in a large garden. Hope you are having a great week-end.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great pictures and suggestions. When we get our acreage in a couple years I am going to find an old farm wagon like the one in the picture. I think they look so cool, as do old plows.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Hello Nell Rose, thank you, I appreciate the comments and feedback. I agree with you about the wicker person, amazing how talented some people are. Thanks for voting up and for stopping by.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi, I love these, the frame was gorgeous, and the wicker person, how lovely! great info, and amazing photos, voted up!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Nicole S, Thank you so much for your kind comment. Best wishes

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      ExpectGreatThings, I appreciate your kind comment re-my photos, so glad you had time to stop by.

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      Nicole S Hanson 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Very beautiful hub! I enjoyed looking at this very much!

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      ExpectGreatThings 4 years ago from Illinois

      Great photos! And very nice job finding a way to add in a gnome :)

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Vicki, thanks, Thanks very much Vicki, I appreciate your stopping by and also, taking the time to comment.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Sally, love your photos and your great tips on containers. I hope I will find some novelty ones this year, as I love using them. Great Hub.