Iron in the Garden
I have a thing about ornamental metal work in the garden. I like it a lot, if it’s well designed and works with the space it’s in.
There are so many ways to use it – benches for a start. OK, so they probably aren’t as comfortable as wooden benches, but they can really smarten up the space. The Victorian style of this iron bench works well with the Ripley Garden.
More commonly, you may come across beautiful garden gates and fences to add a special touch to the garden; to let passers-by look but not touch, or just to serve as a backdrop to a glorious planting area.
Then there are opportunities to think outside of the box a little bit, either practically or to add a stand-alone sculpture to a space.
What about the front garden, you say? Small space? How about an interesting railing or two?
For something really out of the box – if you have a sizeable garden – consider rusted ornamental orbs like these or commissioning something from Andrew Crawford’s ironworking shop in Atlanta. Or let me know if you’ve come across something in your travels you’d like to share, and I’ll add it to the list!
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