All photos/art by Hornick/Rivlin
With your garden planted and blooming, it’s time to add the finishing touches! From colorful pots and picket fences to porch swings and comfy recycled plastic Adirondack chairs, the accessories you choose can turn your green space into a true showstopper. To help get you started, here are the winners for best garden ornaments and furniture in Yankee Magazine’s 2014 Home & Garden Awards.
Woodstock, VT. 802-774-8373; farmhousepottery.com
Farmhouse Pottery’s collection of handmade (and made-to-order) planters includes classic English-garden-inspired vessels as well as rustically beautiful, tree-inspired “trunk” garden pots. From $22 for a small “Fieldstone Garden” pot.
Gardener’s Supply Company
Burlington, VT. 800-876-5520; gardeners.com
Gardener’s simple, durable cedar beds make gardening a lot easier (less digging and weeding) and prettier (neatly contained gardens give a nicely manicured look). From $39.95 for a mini “Grow Bed.”
CHAIRS & TABLES
Biddeford, ME. 888-236-2212; conversionproducts.com
Who knew recycled milk jugs could look so refined? Conversion Products transforms recycled plastic lumber into elegant Adirondack chairs, rockers, captain’s chairs, and tables that can withstand the harshest weather without a hint of decay. From $124 for a camp table.
MD+A Modern Birdhouses
Maynard Design + Architecture, Lincoln, MA. 617-841-8267; maynarddesign.com
These eye-catching nesting boxes, designed for Eastern bluebirds (and also suitable for chickadees, nuthatches, and wrens), are available in post-mount and hanging styles and in an array of cheerful, nature-inspired colors. From $135 for hanging birdhouses.
Penobscot Bay Porch Swings
Brunswick, ME. 207-729-1616; penobscotbayporchswings.com
Crisp, colorful, and comfortable, a durable, cushioned swing from Penobscot Bay is the perfect perch from which to enjoy your gardening efforts. Four streamlined styles come in an array of nature-inspired shades. From $650.
Woolwich, ME. 207-443-8041; susanperrine.com
Susan Perrine’s gorgeous woven-twig garden structures—ranging from trellis shapes to simple huts to winding tunnels—can serve as support for climbing vines, shaded resting spots, and magical play spaces. Prices vary for custom pieces.
Maine Float Rope Company
Waldoboro, ME. 207-832-0600; mainefloatrope.com
Thick, cheerful, durable “Down East Doormats” are hand-woven from reclaimed lobster-trap rope. They’re available in solid colors or stripes, perfect for wiping mucky garden boots after a work session in the dirt. From $54.
FENCING, PERGOLAS & ARBORS
Walpole, MA. 800-343-6948; walpolewoodworkers.com
Walpole’s handcrafted wood fences, gates, pergolas, and arbors are classic—never fussy—and very New England. Prices vary.