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6 Accessories That Will Jazz Up Your Garden

Hint: Not all of them are related to plants!

Original Article: Franco Hubilla Photography: Miguel Nacianceno

When creating a garden, the first must-haves that pop in your mind are plants, flowers, and a water feature, perhaps. But aside from these, you can enhance the look of your green space with ornaments that would give it more character. Here are six landscaping accessories you can work with to add a much-needed oomph:

1. Calesa Wheel

Is your home tropical or traditional-Filipino? The calesa wheel is an excellent addition to your outdoor space. It can be used as a focal point in an indoor or outdoor setting as well as add a rustic feel. Before your look for one, think it through and see if it matches the style of your home.

2. Sugarcane Press

Like the calesa wheel, the sugarcane press can be used as a focal point. However, because it is heavy, choose a spot where it will stay for a long time. The sugarcane press can suit just about any garden style, and you can mix it with different plants.

3. Kawa

Originally used for cooking, the kawa can be a vessel for plants that are the main highlight of your garden. You can put ornamental or common plants like kalachuchi, bird's nest fern, or Quiapo plants in water, among others. You can also use the kawa as a water feature in your garden.

4. Big Jars

Big jars can make a statement in your garden as well as inside your home. Use only a few, big jars and place them on key areas in your garden as accents or even as vessels for plants. If you're placing your big jars outdoors, don't forget to drill at least three holes at the base for water to drain, as stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

5. Traviesa

These pieces of wood, which are originally used as train tracks, can add a rustic charm to your garden. Traviesa can be used as pathway steps, a border of a plant box, or as an outdoor bench. However, it may be unsafe for children because some might still have iron, pegs or bolts, while some can have a lot of holes. Make sure to remove the iron pegs or bolts and seal the holes with cement or fine gravel before using.

6. Japanese Stone Lantern

Japanese stone lanterns make for great outdoor lighting. Some lanterns are now powered by electricity, but feel free to use a candle to evoke a romantic feel. Mix your lanterns with plants and boulders or stones to create a stunning diorama in your outdoor space.

Read the original article in the April 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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