Iron fountain serves as a container garden and centerpiece of the English rose garden. Boxwood are just cuttings at this point.

Ornamental Elements in the Garden

 Ornamental elements create visual interest, provide function, and express your style, adding much value to the garden. While much time and attention goes to planting and maintaining garden beds, we don’t always think about adding embellishments. I’ve enjoyed adding antiquities and other vintage type ornaments fitting for our Victorian era home. I’ll share the worth of ornament in our gardens as we walk through the yard together.

 It’s a treat to live on the river with a beautiful bridge in view. Our cast iron fountain is possibly our most viewed ornament in the garden because of the bridge scenery and river traffic. Six years ago, we took a chance that a symmetrical garden could be successful on our steep slope, adding a  50 foot circle formal rose garden in our back yard.  This cast iron fountain, too rusty to be used for it’s intended purpose, was selected for the centerpiece. It confirms the formal garden look and serves as a container garden contributing color when roses are not in bloom.

Cast iron fountain serves as a container garden and centerpiece of the English rose garden.  The top basin is filled with water.  Note that the boxwood are just cuttings at this point.

Urns are a classic ornament widely used in formal garden design. Several of our urns are special to us, as Husband’s father made them from forms he acquired in his cement profession. We have three sets of urns and a bird bath that we hauled from Colorado twenty some years ago that were gifts from him. I love urns for the patio, porch and gardens, so I’m always on the lookout for a beautiful large urn that is affordable. If you’re crazy about urns or would like to see ideas for urn plantings, you may enjoy my collection on Pinterest called Urn Love.

Urns filled with boxwood and metal topiaries define the entry to the backyard gardens. Boxwood shows growth, grass is in full swing, and roses are in between flushes.


Iron fountain serves as a focal point in this garden and sets a formal tone. Early spring flush of roses before grass starts filling in.

The four “spokes” of our formal garden lead to a point of interest. The west path leads you to a cement bench and sitting area that includes shrub roses Prairie Harvest and Mary’s Rose, and an urn filled with mint julep spearmint. A very heavy piece of iron fence establishes an intimate backdrop for this peaceful setting. The fence, discovered in overgrown bushes when we moved here, has been dragged to various garden locations before finding great purpose here.

Mary's Rose in stone bench setting

Old iron fence defines a cozy setting for bench and provides an intimate backdrop. The little portable garden trellis provides ornamental purpose to the heavy laden branches of Mary’s Rose.

 Small metal trellis’ have been very useful in the gardens. They function well in beds and container plantings.

New climbing rose needs a little help to get started climbing this rock wall. The little trellis also adds interest to this photograph of Old Blush and the oak leaf hydrangea “Amethyst”.

A few feet away on the rock wall is another climbing rose and one of three white trellis’ along the rock wall that give support to a climbing rose.

Oak leaf hydrangea and roses against stone wall.

The white trellis rests against the stone wall giving the climbing roses a backdrop and gives vintage style vertical interest.

Along the rock wall on the other side of the huge oak leaf hydrangea is a stone staircase with an antique gate at the top. This garden was formerly a patch of grass enclosed by a short wide board fence.  We created a cottage style secret garden, added a picket fence, and used the existing antique iron gate. The gate is one of my favorite elements. This spring, it featured a rose.


This antique iron gate provides ornamental function. This view is stepping up from the backyard into a secluded garden via the stone staircase.

The antique iron gate post landed in this spot because a large hole existed here. It is difficult to dig a deep hole in our rock laden soil.  A large red bud tree blew over in a windstorm the first year we had the fence built. This Victorian style post is heavy and needs to be secure in its spot so it won’t tip over.  I would have loved to have a set of them to use for an entrance.

Ornate iron gate post and antique fence sets a vintage tone in the cottage rose garden.

The gate post comes with a funny story, so I’ll share it with you. I spotted it at a local antique store and immediately loved it! I put some money down to hold it with the intent on telling husband about it and going back to get it in a couple of weeks. Before I happened to mention it, he wandered into the shop, spotted it, knew I would love it, and started pressing for information with the intent on buying it. Shop owner said it wasn’t for sale, which didn’t make sense to him, so he persisted with countless questions until she finally confessed it wasn’t for sale because wife was buying it! After relaying the story to me, he paid the balance and brought her home. I love that he thought to get it for me and that it lends vintage flair to this garden.

The statuary has been art in this garden for several years. When we first bought it, I used it in the house as a fountain, and then it was moved to the garden. Two years ago, Husband dug trenches and added a fountain feature for me. This water feature has brought much joy. Birds take a bath in it regularly. The sound of running water gives peaceful repose. It is a lovely focal point viewed from the kitchen sink window and the kitchen nook.

The sections of iron fence enclose the fountain and separate it from the pea gravel path.

Arch Duke Charles and iron fence

Iron fence, Arch Duke Charles roses, and boxwood serve as backdrop to the garden sculpture in fountain.

stone path, picket fence, ferns, perennial garden

The iron gate, bird bath terrarium, and red ornate iron gate post are among the metal ornaments in this garden.

Let’s exit this garden and look for some more ornament. We won’t have to go far.

This iron trellis is a decorative necessity for a climbing rose and helps give vertical interest to this area. It was a souvenir from Canton Texas First Monday trade days.


This flower bed in the children’s garden is filled with zinnias that come up from seed in the summer time.


Pink columbine and daffodils add flair to the vintage flower bed in the spring.


A short antique iron fence on the back of this bed and cement statuary add ornament to this cottage style corner garden that welcomes guests to our home.

Portable trellis plays a role to hold up heavy blooms of peony.

Passion flower climbs on the antique iron bed.

Iron tuteur is good support for old garden rose Mme. Ernest Calvat.

This little green fence followed me home from the Home & Garden Show this year. It found a home  in this tiny bed along a pathway leading from the patio to the enclosed Cottage Garden aka Bunny Bakery Garden. It made a nice backdrop for the daffodils that were a bloom along the rock wall at that time. I like that it grounds the seasonal plantings, and helps enclose that little garden spot.

The green fence helps enclose the herb garden corner, and gives the tiny flower bed presence.

This fence is a good perch for the mockingbird. Metal topiary in the pot of roses is a favorite!

We’ve made it full circle around the house. You’ve probably noticed that I collect vintage iron. I pick it up when I find it at the right price and later find a spot for it. There are a few pieces waiting for the right spot such as a fleur-de-lis short iron post and this piece.

Metal ornament

This metal ornament is too beautiful not to use while waiting for inspiration to define it’s purpose. It may reside here indefinitely along the walkway under the kitchen nook.

There are countless ways you can adorn your landscape and gardens.

I Peter 3:3-4 reminds me that ornament has its place, but should not be my main focus. “Your adornment must not be merely external…; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.”

Lord, help my heart be filled with your presence and reflect your gentle and quiet spirit.

Would you like to sit on the porch and sip some tea? I’d love to hear about what’s growing in your garden, to envision ornament in your yard, or hear countless ways you are blessed.

Please share!


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21 Responses to Ornamental Elements in the Garden

  1. Cynthia June 27, 2017 at 10:00 am #

    The ornamental elements are beautiful. Even though we have a much smaller space, we’ve tried to find pieces that can be used. . .and I DO love the unusual/antique things that might not otherwise be thought of for a garden space. It also gives some interest when things are not blooming, or in-between “shows” of the various plants and flowers. Gosh, I love your roses; wish ours would perform better, we’re always having issues with beetles and mildew, even though we use commercial products to rid ourselves of those problems. Do you have any advice? Have a great day, and thank you for this lovely inspiration!

    • withendlessgrace June 27, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

      Cynthia, thanks for stopping by and leaving your encouraging comments! I agree that it’s nice to have something interesting in the garden when there are no blooms. On the rare occasion that we get snow in our area, the ornament makes lovely photo opportunities.

      What kinds of roses do you grow? Are you talking about hybrid tea roses, English roses, or old garden roses? I don’t have any hybrid teas because the old garden roses captured my heart. I love that they don’t require much care and that they bloom here from March to December. I also grow a few Earthkind roses and a few Austin roses. When I decided what kind of roses I wanted to grow, I contacted the local Rose Society to see who grew old garden roses in our area and the local rosarian who specializes in them became my friend and mentor. Locals are a valuable resource to learn what varieties do well in your area.

      I’m a lurker on the Garden Web Forum that is now on Houzz. You can ask any questions in the rose forums about your zone and conditions, and should get some helpful responses.
      Recently I’ve followed Connie at Hartwood Roses. She specializes in growing and propagating old garden varieties, and teaches at rose conferences. She writes a blog and also “teaches” in her Instagram account.

      Your county extension agent could be a good resource also. I don’t use chemicals in the garden, but look for natural remedies and use them.

      The beetles we have a problem with are the Japanese Beetle. From what I have read and learned from a couple rosarians is that handpicking them and squishing them is the best way to rid them. Connie has also made some traps that she has written posts on that you can look for.

      One last tip is that roses love water and they love to be fed. I use rabbit manure and manure tea for feed, at least once a month or more often. Kaye, my local mentor gave me a recipe to use when planting roses to give them a head start. I hope to write a post about it and share the recipe with readers. I know there are lots of recipes out there, so you can do a search and find some good ideas.

      You have a great day as well and don’t give up on those roses!

  2. Nellie June 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm #

    What a lovely lovely garden, such beautiful scenery in the back drop as well,
    All your flowers and garden elements are wonderful. Thanks for sharing this serne
    beauty with us.
    Blessings, Nellie

    • withendlessgrace June 28, 2017 at 8:30 am #

      Nellie, I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment. Thanks for encouraging words! Looks like we have a lot of common interests. Have a blessed 4th of July weekend!

  3. Gretchen Carlson June 27, 2017 at 7:19 pm #

    You’re not only a master gardener, but you’re an expert with Victorian Gardens and decor! The formal rose garden is amazing. In our years in Cheyenne, we’ve have not produced any gardens, although we do gag and rebel against local favorite landscaping that consists of rock beds. AND I love the story of Steve purchasing the gate post. True love. Blessings! Enjoy the summer!

    • withendlessgrace June 28, 2017 at 8:48 am #

      Hi Gretchen! It’s always good to hear from a dear friend. You give more credit than I deserve, thanks for your sweet words.

      I’m glad you like the rose garden. I will probably write a post specifically about that because there were so many things I want to say about the process, but decided this would be such a long post already so I cut back on details. I will tell you that after months of thinking about daring to make a huge formal garden in the back yard and planning a design, Steve woke up to the 50 foot circle in the back yard and asked, “Did we talk about this?”

      You do not live in the best of areas for green landscape for sure. Your comments about Cheyenne made me laugh, you rebel you.

      We have fun memories of celebrating the 4th with your family. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  4. Gentle Joy Photography June 27, 2017 at 9:14 pm #

    You have many beautiful accent items in your gardens… lovely. 🙂

    • withendlessgrace June 28, 2017 at 7:42 am #

      Gentle Joy, thanks for your encouraging comments! I appreciate you stopping by for a stroll and visit.
      I can relate to your recent post about racing the birds to the blueberries. After a couple of years of not getting any berries before the birds got them, I invested in some netting. I’m happy to say we have enjoyed ripe blueberries this year, but have still had issues with the birds snagging some through the net.
      I will enjoy reading more of your posts!

  5. bonnie morgan June 27, 2017 at 9:20 pm #

    Delightful post. Your garden is beautiful and I love your great collection of ornamental elements that embellish your garden.
    I would enjoy a stroll through your garden in person.

    • withendlessgrace June 28, 2017 at 7:33 am #

      Bonnie, thanks for stopping by! I would love to have you drop in for a stroll through the garden. We would have much in common to talk about! I enjoyed reading your post this week about your garden. You have lovely structural elements, plantings and embellishments in your gardens. I will enjoy following and being inspired by you. Blessings!

  6. Everyday Living June 29, 2017 at 10:51 am #

    What a beautiful view from your garden with the river and the bridge. I love all of your ornamental elements and they add so much to your garden. I could imagine a day sitting and looking at the river from your garden…amazing beauty! Thanks so much for sharing at Gardens Galore!

  7. Nikki Gwin June 30, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

    I am totally in love with your garden. You have my kind of ornamentation which tells an interesting story. Or maybe it asks one. Anyway, I absolutely adore it.
    🙂 gwingal

    • withendlessgrace July 9, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by Nikki and leaving your encouraging comment. I love the stories as much as the ornaments. And I agree about the wonder of what the story to be told could be. It does leave room for imagination.

  8. autumn July 4, 2017 at 6:27 am #

    How in the world do you get anything done in your life? I would spend all day in a garden like that. Stopping along the way to contemplate and enjoy the eye candy at every turn!

    • withendlessgrace July 9, 2017 at 6:58 am #

      Sometimes I wish I could spend all day in the garden. There is something to value each day, and always plenty to do! I’m thankful for garden friends like you to share life with. I’m glad to have you back!

  9. Everyday Living July 8, 2017 at 9:56 pm #

    JoAnne, dropping back by to let you know I am featuring your post on Gardens Galore on Monday! I love all of the ornamental elements you shared in your garden!

    • Joanne/With Endless Grace July 8, 2017 at 10:34 pm #

      Pam, I was excited to learn about Garden’s Galore and had hoped to have my post ready for your debut, but as I was working on it, it got more detailed than I had planned so it took me an extra week to finish it. I’m very honored that you are choosing to feature it. Thanks so much! I’ll look forward to strolling through gardens you share each week! 🙂

  10. Liz @ Infuse With Liz July 10, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    Your garden and view to the river are fantastic! I imagine people on the river passing by admire it from a distance too. You’ve done a wonderful job on with the garden elements you’ve added. Love the story about the gate! There’s a lot to admire in your gardens and I know I’d enjoy walking around them to admire!

    • withendlessgrace July 11, 2017 at 7:16 am #

      Thanks Liz for strolling through the gardens and stopping to leave your sweet comments. We are thankful for our lovely view. I’m glad you enjoyed the story about the gate. I’d love to know the origin of it and the stories it could tell.

  11. Rhonda Drain August 10, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

    I remember passing by when the circular rose garden was going in. I feared for my safety as I stretched and strained driving by to see down to the yard and glimpse the magic that was going on there! It is such a treasure of a place and so right that it is shared in this way along with all of the other nooks and and focal points of your gardens and yard. I’m sure you have no idea how special it all is to others.


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