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March 31, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Glam gardens: Celebrate the great outdoors with beautiful, functional accessories

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By Allison Ellis / Special to Sunday Market

A garden adorned with colorful pots, bold statuary and whimsical accessories can be a sight to behold. But it can be hard to create a space that feels inspired without going eclectically overboard.

To help you reign in the kitsch, we offer artsy outdoor accents that are as beautifully designed as they are fabulously functional.

GLASS ACCENTS

Glass artist Barbara Sanderson, of Mukilteo, advises garden-art lovers to select pieces that create visual interest and integrate with an existing landscape. Her glass Mushrooms ($85 at glassgardensnw.com and Made in Washington Stores) look perfect tucked into a shady spot. If you’re still celebrating the Super Bowl win, pick up a glass Seahawks Float ($14–$31 at glassgardensnw.com) to place inside a pot or water feature.

Stake out a sweet spot for hummingbirds with a Poppy Feeder ($68 at Ravenna Gardens, U District, and Swansons Nursery, Ballard), designed by Portland artist Andrew Holmberg. Each colorful glass feeder is mounted on a 4-foot curved rebar “stem.”

A well-placed BlowHardGlass Glass Slug ($30 at etsy.com/shop/blowhardglass), designed by Port Angeles father-daughter team Paul LaBrie and Caitlin Elder, can be a source of not-so-slimy delight. Each slug is custom made according to your color specifications.

WATER FEATURES

Create an artistic rippling effect with the right water elements. Consider the Salish Cedar Bird Bath with Fossil Leg ($48), or add a Medium Salmon ($15, both at Dario’s Statuary, Lake City) to a pond or fountain.

Give flower and veggie beds a new spin with the delightful Hoppy’s Garden Art Artisan Garden Sprinklers ($199–$219 at hoppysgardenart.com), designed by Bothell’s Steve Hopkins. Each sprinkler is handcrafted of copper and glass balls made by Seattle-area artists.

For a show-stopping front entry, consider investing in a custom-designed copper downspout from Clark County-based Art of Rain. Favorites include the Water Wheel 1 ($1,740), which can power a music box to play a favorite tune, and Sea Turtles ($1,400), positioned to surf down the side of your house.

If traditional is more your style, check out the locally manufactured Acanthus Fountain ($420 at Fleur de Lis Garden Ornaments, Fremont).

BIRDS & BEES

To help attract chickadees, nuthatches and finches to your yard, give the Duncraft Satellite Feeder ($12 at duncraft.com) a whirl. It’s big-bird-proof, and it spins as visitors land and depart.

Hang a modern bamboo Mason Bee House ($20 at gardeners.com) on a wall or tree that gets morning sun, and watch those friendly pollinators get busy. Mason bees are a non-stinging variety and help boost garden production.

Made from vibrantly colored recycled metal, each Birdhouse Duplex Garden Stake ($50 at Home & Garden Art, Greenwood) is one of a kind. Materials such as 55-gallon drums and auto parts give each a distinct personality.

FIRE & LIGHTS

Idaho-based Allsop Home & Garden offers a colorful range of solar votives, lanterns and string lights. The beautiful handblown-glass Solar Tea Lanterns ($25) cast a romantic glow, and the Soji Solar Lanterns ($20, both at allsopgarden.com) are a fun way to punch up the back patio.

The mystical Landmann Ball of Fire Fire Pit ($199 at Target) provides 360-degree views of flickering flames, appearing to float in the dark.

PLANTERS & ARBORS

Modern and ultra-hip, the shallow Dolga Hover Dishes ($138–$168 at Ravenna Gardens), designed by Vancouver-based Pots, Inc., are perfect vessels for hanging succulents or air plants.

Fiberglass Pots ($105–$372 at Magnolia Garden Center) have the durability and the beauty of stone, but are made from a lightweight material for easier mobility and more placement options.

Short on space? Get your garden off the ground with the rustic Succulent Living Wall Planter Kit ($100 at uncommongoods.com), which is designed to grow indoors or out.

Vashon Island metalworker Karen Carston’s Steel Tower ($195 at SAW Gallery, Vashon) is a sculptural way to fill a space where height is needed. For a more over-the-top look, consider the grand geometric shapes of the TerraTrellis Gracie Modern Arbor ($840) or Akoris Garden Tuteur SR ($399, both at terratrellis.com).

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