Bring in a splash of color. While this home and its surrounding landscape have many traditional elements, the avant-garde outdoor art collection and furnishings delight and surprise. This sculpture takes the traditional urn form, blows it up to unexpected proportions and draws the eye from all over the yard because of its bright orange hue.
Make a bold statement. This gigantic urn sculpture is an apt choice for an olive grove, as large urns were traditionally used to store olive oil in places like Italy and Turkey. However, I think of this as an urn-inspired sculpture because I doubt even a large number of gladiators led by Russell Crowe could carry this thing around full of olive oil without creating an oily mess.
A single urn fountain's bubbling water invites visitors to explore a garden.
Make a focal point. A large glazed urn plays off all the shades of green in this garden full of conical evergreen trees and rounded boxwood shrubs.
Likewise, you can use an urn as a focal point in a courtyard or on a patio.
Some pools go on to "infinity," while others need a focal point to mark the spot where they terminate. This black urn is classic because of its familiar shape, modern because of its placement and dark coloring.
Fashion a planter. Urns occupy the space between the ground and a stone wall here, serving as architectural bases for climbing vines.
Add an appropriately scaled architectural element. Large palm leaves and other tropical plants could eat up most garden statues like a Venus flytrap gobbles insects. This urn's simple shape does not distract from the shapes of the lush and exotic plants.
Create symmetry. A pair of urns glazed in deep blue hues connects a pergola to other elements in the landscape, like this pool.
Pick up on overlooked hues. The ochre of this urn ties together the colors of the dry grasses, the sand and weathered portions of the wooden fence.