I’m sure by now everyone has their vegetable and flower gardens planted. You’ve been weeding and watering and patiently waiting for produce to appear. Hopefully, you’ve added compost, mulch, and egg shells to make your plants happy. But does your garden make you smile when you look at it? For me, that’s one of the main reasons I garden. If your garden doesn’t make you smile, you may want to consider adding a few extra touches.

Butterfly House

To have happy, productive plants, you’ll need to ensure they are pollinated. If your plants aren’t being pollinated, you may not have any have any vegetables or fruits. One way to encourage nature to do its thing is to add a butterfly or bee house to your garden. The bees and butterflies will fly from flower to flower carrying pollen with very little effort from you. Just install your bee or butterfly house near your garden, sit back, and enjoy.

Garden Gnomes

I’m partial to garden gnomes for the simple reason that they make me smile. They may not be your thing, and that’s fine. Instead, you may want to add a gazing ball, solar ladybugs, a sundial, or pink flamingos —whatever makes you happy.

Rain Barrel

Instead of using water from your garden hose, set up a rain barrel to collect rainwater. You’ll conserve water and keep your garden expenses to a minimum. It’s good for your budget—and our environment.

Garden Fountain

Birds, bats, butterflies, and insects are beneficial to your garden, and they all need water. If you have an accessible source of electricity, a fountain with running water can be both relaxing and functional. If you don’t, you can opt for a bird bath, or you can install a solar water fountain that uses solar energy to circulate the water. It will store energy from sunny days to use on days that are overcast.

An Oya

An oya is a self-watering pot that is very popular in dryer climates. You bury these terra cotta planters in the ground near your plants. Leave just the opening stuck out of the ground and they will collect water from each rainfall and store it for dryer days. It does the watering for you, so you can relax.

What are your favorite garden accessories?