For years I've been thinking of adding a birdbath to my garden but I could never justify the expense of the pretty stone ones I've drooled over. I figured the cheapo, plastic ones would be blown all over the yard by the wind so I've refrained from purchasing one. Last month while wondering around my local Menards store I stumbled upon a birdbath that I thought looked very pretty. I was surprised to realize it was made from a heavy duty plastic similar to the pots they are making these days yet didn't look like plastic at all. Since it had some weight to it I figured it was worth a shot.
Instead of just plunking the birdbath down in the garden and calling it a day, I decided to make a special spot for it and hopefully add a little interest to the garden. To give you an idea of what the space looked like before I started making changes here's a look at the spot from early this spring before I had done any weeding. Pitiful looking . . . I know.
But look at it now!
I moved a few plants around and trashed a couple plants that I have never been happy with. I'd like to fill in behind the birdbath a little more but I'm still thinking on what I'd like to add. I keep hoping the Hydrangea to the back right will hurry up and grow to it's mature size.
To help highlight the birdbath area and add some interest, I outlined the area with a small rocks I've picked up on ATV'ing trips for this purpose. Then I simply added two bags of pea gravel from the hardware store. The pea gravel helped make this spot blend nicely with the rest of the garden paths around the yard all of which are also the same material.
I'm loving the finished look.