Noah Webster defines an ornament as “anything that adorns or beautifies.” We think our birdhouses and lawn furniture answer this definition, so they are not allowed to become shabby, every fall they are given a good thorough cleaning before being stored for winter. Maybe the clump birch and flowering plum and often other trees, like birdhouses and lawn furniture, are lumped together as “nice to have, but not really ornaments.”
We think they “adorn and beautify” the garden and place them high on our list of ornaments. Several years ago l became so enamored with pillar roses that a veritable forest of poles stood in the garden. It was the gentle bewilderment of a friend who asked, “Where did you find so many poles’?” that caused all but four to be taken out. Pillar roses are beautiful and ornamental, but should be used with caution and placed so they blend into the overall garden picture.