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Add Year Round Appeal With Metal Garden Decor

By Ann Wallis

No garden is complete without at minimum one work of wonderful metal yard art. Even the most uncompromising gardening purists have been known to quietly sneak a piece or two into their yard. Due to the number of artists working in the field and the selection of materials to pick from, your choices are limitless. No matter what your taste, you’ll discover at least one piece of metal garden decor to provide year long color and character to your garden.

Steel is considered the most popular material used in metal yard decor because itis affordable, versatile and easy to work with. It is utilized to create garden sculptures, garden stakes, wall art and metal garden decor like lanterns, bird feeders and wind spinners. Steel can be used in its natural state, varnished, painted or left to rust. Some artists even combine rusted metal with treated metal for pieces that have a very unique look. For bigger more sophisticated pieces, erosion resistant stainless steel is utilized to create striking, architectural pieces.

Probably the most creative and whimsical pieces of metal yard art I’ve seen are constructed from recycled metal. Recycled steel oil tanks or drums, discarded bicycle or tricycles, broken tools and nuts and bolts, all of these provide the raw materials for the resourceful metal artist. A rusted oil drum is reborn as a happy pig, while a broken rake becomes a bird.

Copper is also popular in metal yard decor because it is attractive, durable and adds class to any yard. If allowed to oxidize it will age gracefully into a natural green patina. It can also be preserved with a clear finish to preserve its bright, shiny look. Copper statues, garden stakes and wall art bring a touch of class to any decor.

For the classic look put in a bronze garden sculpture. Bronze sculptures have been around for millennia and have been constructed to honor fallen heroes, leaders and even saints. In modern times they include more playful subjects like children with their pets. Bronze statues remain popular nowadays because they are classic, timeless and can last for generations.

Metal garden decor adds beauty, style and whimsy to any garden. Whatever your taste, classic, contemporary or simply playful, metal garden art will warm your heart even on the coldest winter day.

All year long Ann Wallis pores through gardening magazines searching for colorful perennials to fill the holes in her flower beds and fun, whimsical metal garden art to provide life and charm to her yard. Ann’s favorite metal garden decor at

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