Spring has sprung in New Orleans and thoughts are turning away from the office and towards the beautiful, sunny weather outside. For the seasoned gardener, this means time to start thinking about how to cultivate a stunning landscape. There are many options for outdoor décor but these items can provide all the flower power you need!
For the classiest backyard sanctuary, nothing adds a touch of elegance like a flowing fountain. This fountain, inspired by provincial French town centers of the 17th century, is hand-cast limestone. The four spigots flowing into the hexagonal basin will allow the peace of moving water to calm your soul. French Fountains, 7901 St. Charles Ave., 861-1138,www.frenchfountains.com.
For those of us without green thumbs, hiring a landscape architect, such as Beverly Katz, may help. Working with you to select plants, materials and overall format, an experienced landscape architect can transform a run-of-the-mill backyard into a weekend oasis. Beverly Katz Exterior Designs, 866-0276,www.exteriordesignsbev.com
What’s a garden without a little fauna to complement the flora? This stunning birdbath can function as a cooling spot for neighborhood birds, a patio piece that can be used with floating candles, or simply a lovely piece of art. The Shop at Longue Vue, 7 Bamboo Road, 486-7440.
Decorative garden art can add depth and character to well-manicured yard. This urn, 34” tall, has a removable top. The faux stone base, sold separately, is 21” tall. Orient Expressed, 3905 Magazine St., 899-3060 or (888) 856-3948.
A well-made set of patio furniture is the keystone of a relaxing backyard setting. This French faux bois garden set, with table, benches and chairs from Fontainebleau, France, would be a lovely addition to a pastoral patio. Tara Shaw, 1240 Camp St., 525-1131,www.tarashaw.com