Pete’s Concrete Garden and Yard Decor
This is a concrete leaf made from a Gunnera leaf last year. You can see how to make one of your own on our concrete leaf tutorial page.
Here is Pete sitting on one of his concrete benches in the greenhouse. He’s sold several to people in Bellingham, and he was asked to create some custom concrete benches for the local parks department. A close-up of one of his benches is below. Pete has just started a brand new blog showing how he builds his concrete garden benches from start to finish, including the creation of custom-designed molds for the top. He also has a new site that discussed special aspects of garden benches that you should consider before buying one or making your own.
The bench in this photo has been customized with Pete and Dianne’s name on the front. More photos of Pete’s concrete garden benches.
Beautiful garden decor can turn your backyard into a perfect sanctuary for those warm, lazy days of summer.
Last year, Pete created this new garden pond. Click on the image to see a larger photo of his new pond.
We think part of the fun of gardening is making or finding the perfect decorative accents, including lawn signs and sculptures, to show off your own personality and style. In fact, this website started out as a way for us to show off our hand-made concrete leaves, and to show you how to make your own. Since then It has kept on growing, as we find more and more decorative garden items that we just have to tell you about.
New – see our collection of sedums.
You’ve probably seen leaves just like ours in the home and garden magazines. In fact, concrete leaves are featured three times in the beautiful Sunset book Ideas for Great Garden Decor!
We’ve used these leaves to make fountains, as planters for sedums, and for adding a decorative touch among the tulips. You can make your own with the help of our instructions.
A fountain makes a beautiful accent in your garden or on your deck. What other garden decor can bring such soothing sounds? A water feature will also entice butterflies and birds into your garden for a drink.
Garden fountains can be home-made or purchased – they can use electric or solar pumps, and can be used in ponds, wall fountains and even indoors.
Ponds, water gardens and bog gardens can also beautify your yard and bring in more birds and butterflies. We’ve discovered some of the most unique and beautiful fountains, water features and birdbaths available on the Web.
New! Find water garden supplies in your area.
Concrete stepping stones can be made from molds you purchase or you can make the molds yourself. The stepping stones in our garden path have the imprint of real ferns – and of course we made them ourselves. Ready-made stepping stones are also available in a variety of styles, in cast stone and cast iron. Let some wooly thyme creep over the edges of your stepping stones, and you’ll create a beautiful garden path. If you need the perfect stepping stones to spruce up your walkway, be sure to visit this page.
We use our concrete leaves for planters, (they work great for sedums), and we also make our own unique lady’s head planters for our deck. We’ve also made hypertuffa troughs, which look ancient in just a few months. (We’ll show you how.) For more formal spots on our deck we use terra cotta and copper pots, and we’ve found some beautiful planters available on gardening websites. Visit this page and we’ll show you where to find them.
We hope you enjoy your visit in our garden, and find the perfect garden decor for your home.