the-scout-guide-yard-ornaments-09editTo us, summertime means spending as much time as possible outside in the yard, enjoying fresh air and sunshine, tending to our gardens…and dreaming up ways to make our outdoor spaces even more enticing. One of our favorite backyard obsessions is the sculptural yard ornament. Capable of moving the eye, infusing even the flattest lawn with architectural interest, and injecting an unexpected element of surprise into an otherwise traditional landscape, these pieces can instantly transform a yard in so many ways.

the-scout-guide-yard-ornaments-01editMoss- and cream-colored spheres add weight and a bit of whimsy to a gorgeous boxwood and fern-filled enclave by Baldridge Landscape.

the-scout-guide-yard-ornaments-02Another unexpected orb from BALDRIDGE LANDSCAPE (above, left) looks at once perfectly at home, yet adds just the right amount of intrigue to draw the eye up to take in the cacti beyond. Put on pedestals and arranged in a row, ROCHE + ROCHE‘s globe-topped ornaments encourage you—or at least your gaze—to keep wandering.

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the-scout-guide-yard-ornaments-03We adore alternative yard ornaments like this sculpture from JAN KIRSCH. This mid-century modern, Corten steel piece with its warm red and brown tones forms is the perfect enclosure for a few lush green plantings.

the-scout-guide-yard-ornaments-04ROCHE + ROCHE’s sculptural design elements make a yard feel like it’s a piece of history, even if it’s only been in existence for a few months. We love this hefty sculpture (left) at Ma(i)sonry, a wine collective in Napa Valley, which looks as though it belongs at a Museum sculpture garden—a sophisticated complement for those with a wine connoisseur’s sophisticated tastes. The pump, located at a private orchard house, is well suited for the rustic California landscape beyond it.

57-800x800-610pxMOD LIVIN’s moveable planters are perfect for the modern landscaper with a modern sense of humor.

the-scout-guide-yard-ornaments-06STEPHEN W. HACKNEY’s delightfully symmetrical cul-de-sac design is the epitome of prim and proper. The ash-white urn in the center is the perfect, regal centerpiece.

the-scout-guide-yard-ornaments-07Traditional gets a patinaed twist in this design by FERNANDO WONG OUTDOOR LIVING DESIGN. We love how the urns used complement the tones in the clay roof tiles. By planting cyprus trees next to the urns, Wong transports us to a sun-bleached afternoon in Spain. The small sculpture from THE PLANT GALLERY looks perfectly at home in a dense patch of bushes.

the-scout-guide-yard-ornaments-10The contrast between this muted, traditional sculpture and some brilliant-blue hydrangea blooms in TSG Co-Founder Christy Ford’s backyard is simply lovely.