One of the most important considerations is the appropriateness of the object given the mood and style of your garden. Farm implements and larger machinery, for example, are more suitable on rural properties, while nautical pieces are more appropriate in lakeside and maritime gardens. Old millstones and grindstones work nicely as stepping stones in country herb gardens. City gardeners can take advantage of demolition pieces such as cornices, pediments, fretwork and columns.
It’s also important to resist using an excessive number of curios, as this diminishes the significance of individual objects. Particularly in urban gardens with limited space, too many items will look overcrowded. Also, when positioning items in front yards, you may need to guard against theft. Screen plantings and anchoring the items to footings or foundations should help.
Finally, consider the item’s safety and longevity. Recycled items with glass, wire, metal and movable parts could break or deteriorate over time, posing a safety concern for inquisitive children and pets. If necessary, consider removing glass, rounding sharp corners and child-proofing movable parts. You may also want to weatherproof and waterproof components, using caulking and specialty sealants. It’s probably best to bring pottery and ceramic items indoors during the winter to avoid cracking. Consult with others who have used such materials to learn from their experiences.
Glass ornaments glued together to make sun catchers that are mounted on old pieces of copper piping.