While we‘re focusing upon acquiring significant architectural and sculptural centerpieces for our gardens, we should also consider that little treasures can be extracted from a rubble pile. Junkyard detritus --- broken or knackered objects which are without obvious decorative potential --- can, when cleverly re-purposed, add visual spice to any outdoor setting. Rusted tools, discarded machine parts, broken metalwork, cracked pipes, chipped bricks: these can all be thriftily transformed into charming and thought-provoking...and somewhat eccentric garden accents.
A brick wall with unexpected salvaged bits at Polesden Lacey in Surrey England
Metal fragments of a wood-burning stove have been
set into a path, in the midst of granite stepping stones, at Pinsla Garden, on the southern edge of Cornwall’s Bodmin Moor. Courtesy of nanquick.com
The Plantation Garden in Norfolk England is a magnificent demonstration of creative recycling shown here with a wall composed of split flints, and fragments of moulded bricks, chimney pieces, and drain pipes. Courtesy of nanquick.com