Unusual garden ornaments - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

11 of the best unusual garden ornaments

Add interest to your garden with an eye-catching sculpture or ornament.

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Perfectly tended flowerbeds, trimmed topiary and carefully selected garden furniture can combine to make a stylish and relaxing outdoor space. Adding an unusual garden ornament can often add the finishing touch and help create a truly unique outdoor setting.

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To help you select the perfect garden ornament for your space, we’ve curated a mix of different designs to help inspire your decision. We’ve featured everything from functional weathervanes to whimsical sculptures, so take a look and see what catches your eye.


11 of the best quirky garden ornaments

Browse our selection of garden sculptures, sundials and keepsakes below:

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White Avocet Handmade Recycled Metal Garden Sculpture

White Avocet Handmade Recycled Metal Garden Sculpture - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
White Avocet Handmade Recycled Metal Garden Sculpture

This metal bird is handmade from recycled metal in Zimbabwe, created from what used to be white goods, such as washing machines and air conditioning units. The materials have been repurposed to create this charming avocet which would be a quirky garden ornament for any space. The bird is hand-painted and then finished with yacht varnish to protect it against the elements.

Price: £40

Buy White Avocet Garden Sculpture at Not on the High Street


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Red Rose Recycled Metal Garden Sculpture

Red Rose Recycled Metal Garden Sculpture - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Red Rose Recycled Metal Garden Sculpture

This sculpted rose ornament is made from steel recycled from cars and other items. Each rose is made individually, so it is completely unique and could therefore be an ideal gardening gift idea for a loved one, or for yourself.

Price: £16

Buy Red Rose Recycled Metal Garden Sculpture at Not on the High Street


3

Wooden Mushroom Seat

Wooden Mushroom Seat - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Wooden Mushroom Seat

This charming mushroom is carved from a single piece of wood and would add a touch of magic to your lawn. These mushrooms can also double as seats and would make brilliant kids’ garden furniture in particular. Each one can also be personalised with an engraving if you’re looking to buy this as a gift and there’s a choice of three sizes or you can go for the full trio.

Price: £68.90

Buy Wooden Mushroom Seat at Not on the High Street


4

Willow Tortoise Sustainable Garden Sculpture Art

Willow Tortoise Sustainable Garden Sculpture Art - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Willow Tortoise Sustainable Garden Sculpture Art

These hand made tortoises are constructed individually from sustainable willow so each one is unique. Ideal for grass, patios and decking, there’s also a choice of two sizes so you can select the one which works best for your space. This design is made by an independent seller on Etsy.

Price: £85

Buy Willow Tortoise Art at Etsy


5

Rusty Metal Ring Sculpture

Rusty Metal Ring Sculpture - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Rusty Metal Ring Sculpture

For a more contemporary unusual garden ornament, this dual ring design could be an ideal choice. The two rings aren’t connected, meaning you can arrange them in whatever position you decide. There are detachable stakes included, so the sculptures can be secured easily in the ground. Made by a husband and wife team in the UK from rusted steel, the shade of the exterior should age over time and needs no maintenance.

Price: £118

Buy Rusty Metal Ring Sculpture at Etsy


6

Outdoor Distressed Compass

Outdoor Distressed Compass - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Outdoor Distressed Compass

This eight-point compass rose is a stylish garden sculpture from Cox and Cox. Designed to be suspended against a wall, the striking garden ornament should add a vintage touch to any outdoor space. Made from metal, the surface has been given an oxidised effect to create an authentic, vintage look.

Price: £65

Buy Outdoor Distressed Compass at Cox and Cox


7

Valadez Copper Wind Spinner

Valadez Copper Wind Spinner - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Valadez Copper Wind Spinner

This unique garden ornament should make a bold focal point in your garden. Designed to spin with the wind, this sculpture rotates in two different directions. The abstract, geometric form is made from steel but is finished in copper colouring.

Price: £103.99

Buy Valadez Copper Wind Spinner at Wayfair


8

Ascalon Sunflower and Bird Cast Iron Sundial

Ascalon Sunflower and Bird Cast Iron Sundial - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Ascalon Sunflower and Bird Cast Iron Sundial

A unique take on the classic sundial, this quirky garden ornament is styled as a sunflower with a bird resting on top to indicate the time. Made from cast iron, this sculpture should be long lasting and sturdy. It’s worth noting that this model will need assembling, but full instructions are included.

Price: £22.99

Buy Ascalon Sunflower and Bird Cast Iron Sundial


9

Rusty Insect Sculpture

Rusty Insect Sculpture - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Rusty Insect Sculpture

This petite garden sculpture is designed to sit within the flower beds to add a touch of understated charm. There are three slightly different designs to choose from and all are made from frost-proof metal. The metal is rusted for a naturally aged and rustic effect which will continue to develop over time.

Price: £13

Buy Rusty Insect Sculpture at National Trust


10

Verdemax Gallo Weathervane

Verdemax Gallo Weathervane - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Verdemax Gallo Weathervane

This classic weathervane is an ideal garden ornament to create a countryside feel to your home, just like a real farm. The weathervane is UV resistant and is designed in Italy, featuring a traditional red cockerel in the centre. It will require some straightforward assembly.

Price: £11.50

Buy Verdemax Gallo Weathervane at Amazon


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Sculptural Sphere Brass

Sculptural Sphere Brass - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Sculptural Sphere Brass

This unique sphere sculpture comes in two sizes, small and large, which can be bought separately or you could purchase both to great a stylish arrangement. Made from sheet metal, the sculptures are powder coated with a sleek, matt brass finish. The spheres can also be closed and opened out into shape which means they can be easily folded away for more compact storage, if needed.

Price: from £39.99

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