Art and Ornament

Any garden, large or small, traditional or contemporary, can be enhanced by some form of art or ornament. It could be as simple as a decorative pot, a figure with planting around its feet, or a large bespoke sculpture.

The choice is very personal and there are so many difference styles, materials and sizes to choose from, but any piece should complement the overall feel of the garden, rather than stand out and draw all the attention.

You may find inspiration for what sort of piece you want from a place you have visited or a spiritual journey. It may be related to an interest or hobby, or a particular material.

‘Less is more’ is definitely the key when choosing ornamentation for the garden. Lots of small pieces will make the garden look too busy and the eye will jump from piece to piece. One larger, bolder piece will be more much satisfying and won’t get lost when viewed from a distance.

Different materials will give a different feel. Glass, perspex and metals can be light and reflective, whilst stone will be stronger and more dramatic.

The positioning of a piece is very important. It is often thought that a sculpture needs to be out in the open, perhaps in the middle of a lawn or terrace, but some pieces look better tucked away among planting, clear enough to be seen but secretive enough to entice you towards them, adding some drama and intrigue. It may be that the sculpture is not even seen from the house, but is a ‘surprise’ as you turn a corner of the garden. A well positioned piece may even lure you to an area of the garden where you would not otherwise go.

Sculptural pieces do not have to be expensive. There are many salvage yards where you can find unusual pieces at a good price. Garden shows usually have lots of exhibitors with works to buy or commission.


“We were really impressed with the design service offered by Jayne. Jayne was able to take our initial brief and translate this into a stunning contemporary design that really made the most of the small space we had and provided a great backdrop to our new kitchen extension. The combination of hard landscaping and planting have completely transformed the garden. Over several meetings she was able to communicate the concepts and hone the design and even sample materials. She then recommended and then liaised with the landscaper to ensure the implementation went to plan before completing the final planting.”

Mrs Fenner
Marston Moretaine

"I found Jayne to be very friendly and pleasant to work with. The design is lovely - very attractive. I was impressed with Jayne's willingness to adapt to and take account of our cost constraints and likes and dislikes regarding plants. All work was carried out efficiently and pleasantly. Jayne was always ready to discuss and advise about design and plants and has transformed a boring and rather difficult small garden into an interesting area which will only improve as the plants grow and mature."

Mr & Mrs Barwell
Welwyn Garden City

We love our garden now. Our two dogs had pretty much destroyed it and it had become an embarrassment. We never used it, not even just for ourselves. It now has structure and a proper patio area and is always good to look at even in this bleak weather!

This will be our second spring with it and I'm really looking forward to seeing everything grows again and how it will change this year.

Mr & Mrs Crooke

Jayne was always totally reliable, whether coming out to look at the garden or providing plans and ideas, and is a very knowledgeable plantswoman.

She had a good understanding of what I wanted to do with the garden, and always listened to my ideas and then made suggestions that were appropriate to the location and aspect.

Mr & Mrs Townsend
Houghton Conquest

Jayne's ideas of how to transform a long straight garden into something more interesting were quite inspirational. By introducing shape and perspective the garden now has structure.

The planting plan she suggested has added interest and constant colour which changes with the season.

Needless to say we are delighted.

Mr & Mrs Collier

We were delighted with Jayne's approach to our garden and her understanding of what we were trying to achieve.

Her knowledge of plants and what will actually work is fantastic.

Three years on we are still delighted with our garden.

Mr & Mrs Bryant

Jayne has a real passion for gardening and her knowledge of plants is highly impressive. She seems to know exactly which plant will thrive in a particular part of the garden - sunny, shady, soil type and so on. She also thinks about the proportions and overall effect.

To work with, she is extremely flexible and happy to give you just the bits of advice or help you need.

Mel Henson
Welwyn Garden City