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The Most Popular Outdoor Frog Decorations

We all love getting the chance to deck out our gardens with things that we love, but also things that we think friends and relatives will like also. Which can often lead to some disagreement and flexibility needing in regard to what and how you kit out your garden.

Something everyone loves is a water feature. There are fewer more soothing noises than hearing the sound of running water trickling through your garden, be that from the pond of an additional water feature like a fountain.

Fountain’s come in all different shapes and sizes. It’s a huge market with plenty of different niches and styles for each person - you will surely find something you like at the local DIY and garden store.

One of the best-loved themes in the market are frogs. The lovely little critters are like a mascot to the back garden. If you have a pond out in your backyard, you will likely have met some of these little guys. Check out some of our favourite frog ornaments for the garden below.


Bali Frog Water Fountain

A beautifully basic water fountain, this Bali Frog fountain is small but classic looking. The space at the bottom below the frog fountain is a place for plants and shrubbery, and while the water is held there too, this offers the perfect opportunity to feed your plants and leave you doing little, too! The water comes from the frog’s mouth, with the decorative number here shown to be sat next to a door in the back garden, but this could also be used anywhere else around the home. The recirculation of water independently means that no plumbing is needed, all you need to be able to do is plug it into a power circulation close to the placement. Designed and manufactured in the USA, this fibre-reinforced stone is available in a whole multitude of colours, meaning that it would suit almost any home, regardless of colour scheme.


Zen III Garden Water Fountain

We love this style of fountain because it’s a little different from any others. The frogs on this ornament are towards the bottom, and just look at how cool they look! The three frogs are clearly in a state of zen - hence why this fountain is called Zen 3 - and it’s a unique and cool change from other frog ornaments for the garden. The fountain above the frogs is also really neat, and while there’s nothing too exciting about the rounded bowl, this only adds to how cool the frogs below look. Similar to the fountain above, this piece doesn’t need any internal plumbing, it can act independently of a water supply if loaded with water and given additional power. Another benefit of these great fountains is that they are easy to take care of. There’s a wide selection of colours available to choose from, yet I would argue the colour chosen in this picture is the best for most gardens. If you are looking to bring some zen to your yard this statue is sure to do it for you.


Frog Metal Fountain

I was really excited about looking at this frog ornament and I’m sure you can see why. This is completely different compared to the two pieces above, but it’s also unique is a style to a lot of the other fountains on the market. The rustic look really suits this style, and the colors that you can see within the frog are original while still looking appropriate to the actual color of the animal. The water from this fountain squirts from the mouth onto an open lotus leaf which funnels the water through the brown bowl that the frog sits on. The ultimately vibrant style in which this ornament is would only suit certain people. It’s not a classic look but still looks classy in itself. This small and light ornament can be picked up and moved around (it only weighs 7lbs) and could also be used inside the house or greenhouse area. The recirculating pump is included in the fountain and does not need external plumbing.


Wine Time Cast Stone Garden Statue

Wine Time Cast Stone Garden Statue by Outdoor Pros

This is a cute and classy little frog statue that will be popular with older generations who are looking for some classic character in their garden statues and ornaments, while still looking homely and smart. These two sweet guys are enjoying the summer sun while sipping their tea, exchanging some thoughts and visions to the things around them. This would fit in fantastically with a perfectly kept garden. I can imagine it sitting below some beautiful hanging pots in and complementing other ornaments across the garden scenery. The awesome craftsmanship and detail on this piece will leave a great mark on your garden. I think you would be able to easily imagine this within your own garden leaving it with a classic look throughout.


Frankie Frog Cast Stone Garden Statue

Frankie Frog Cast Stone Garden Statue by Outdoor Art Pros

The final ornament here is another classic looking piece in a similar vein to the one above. This frog, sitting naturally as if taking the beauty of the surroundings would fit naturally in its classic habitat next to a pond or near some plants on a mound of soil. The material of the frog is made to weather naturally in the rain, giving this piece a classic and worn look that looks good outdoors, as opposed to something that rusts or changes color unnaturally over time. Available in a range of colors all complimenting the outdoors perfectly, I think this piece would fit naturally in any frog-lovers back garden. A timeless piece.


If you’re indeed someone who loves frogs and the amphibious side of the animal kingdom, you’ll be left delighted with some of the cooler options we’ve had above. With all these great options you're sure to bring some nature into your yard. Whether it is a fountain you’re looking for or merely a small statue to reflect your love for frogs, there’s something above for almost any palate. Why not introduce these frogs to your own environment soon and begin your collection in style? Whether it’s next to a flowerbed or on the side of your pond, there’s always somewhere to stick these little green fellows. Add a little character to your beautiful back garden.


Choosing the Right Outdoor Fireplace

Few things in life are as enjoyable as a warm fire under a starry sky. Bringing this into your backyard isn’t something that has to be a big challenge, but here is much to consider when looking for an outdoor fireplace. Yes, aesthetic is a big part, but the most important, I would argue, is the fuel type. Do you want something that burns clean but may cost more? Are you looking for something natural and classic? Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re ready to light things up for yourself.




More and more vehicles are starting to use ethanol, which is a great thing for the environment. The same can be said for having an ethanol fireplace in your home. There are some great benefits to using ethanol. Unlike some of the more traditional fuels, ethanol only produces heat, carbon dioxide and steam. This means you won’t be dealing with smoke, which is a complaint I often have with something like a wood-burning fire pit. And, since you’re not dealing with wood, you also won’t be dealing with ashes or having to find a place to store all that extra fuel until it’s ready to be burned. Some of the best parts of the wood-burning experience, however, are lost in the switch to an ethanol-based heat source. Ethanol fireplaces don't make some of the satisfying sounds you get from wood. No more crackles and pops on a still night. I suppose this could serve as a positive to some, but not for me. Also, you’re not going to feel as much heat from an ethanol fireplace. More traditional fuels put out significantly more heat, so you can consider an ethanol fireplace to be a little more about form over function. If ethanol sounds right for you, here’s a modern fireplace you can use to class up your deck.




Old faithful. There’s a lot to love about wood. A wood-burning fireplace is classic. There’s something warm and inviting about the scent of burning wood. There are an incredible amount of varieties with their own scents and smokes. It gives off great heat to keep comfortable on a cool night. Not to mention it’s completely natural and is the cheapest of all your fuel options. Wood, though, does have its downsides. In many situations it needs to be handled and chopped to size. Storage of the unused fuel can be a space issue. It leaves quite a bit of cleanup when it’s done. And, without a good fireplace, you’ll find yourself dealing with more smoke than you may like. I’ve also found getting a wood-burning situation started to be a little more time consuming than other options, but some people would consider that part of the fun. Even with all that, though, the nostalgia of sitting beside a wood-burning fire cannot be denied. The crackles and pops of the wood as the flames eat through it are transcendent, taking anybody in its presence to a place where ranch hands gather around after a hard day of work before heading in for the night. Wood and fire is as basic and beautiful experience as one can get, so long as you’re okay with handling its downsides. For an epic wood experience, give this rustic chiminea a look.




Hank Hill’s favorite fuel isn’t just for cooking. Propane has been a standard in homes for nearly a century, powering furnaces, stoves, ovens, and, yes, fireplaces. Setting up an outdoor propane fireplace isn’t especially difficult, depending on the model, but is it something that will work for you? Unlike wood, getting your propane fire started is wildly simple, typically done by flipping a switch. When you’re done, you flip it right back and it’s all over. There’s no cleanup or any sort of fuss needed. Propane is also a good source of heat. Unlike ethanol, propane will have no issue keeping you warm without requiring you to be right up against the flames. One of the biggest downsides to propane is, in fact, its origin. Wood and ethanol are derived from renewable resources, wood being from trees (obviously) and ethanol being a biofuel created from plants. Propane, on the other hand, is a fossil fuel, made as a byproduct natural gas processing and petroleum refining. As such, it’s not particularly good for the environment, and it will cost you a bit more than other fuel types. If you’re willing to give propane a chance, this elegant fire table might be just what you need.


Natural Gas


Natural gas has one major thing going for it: No fuss, no muss. If you’ve got a natural gas line available going into your home and you can have it run to a fireplace in your backyard, you’ve got it made. There is no storage of fuel, either in tanks or piles. You won’t need to clean anything up when you’re doing using it. It even gives off a fair amount of heat for those chilly nights. It’s also cheaper than propane and more convenient than the other fuel types. There are some issues, however, when dealing with natural gas. It does need to be pumped into your house. If you don’t have a natural gas line coming onto your property, you will need to have one installed. Also, like propane, natural gas is a fossil fuel, propane, in fact, being one of the byproducts of processing it. Additionally, burning natural gas is not good for the environment. It releases all kinds of greenhouse gasses which have been linked to global climate change. The ease of it, however, cannot be denied. The idea of walking onto your back patio, flipping a switch and enjoying a lovely evening by a sleek fireplace is incredibly tempting. Sound like your dream situation? Check out this beauty.


As with everything, there is an upside and a downside to whichever fuel you may choose for your outdoor fireplace. You’re going to find what is likely your most rewarding experience with a great wood-burning fireplace, particularly one that can keep the smoke out of your eyes. If you’re looking for simplicity, perhaps one of the gas options might work for you. Ethanol is great if you’re looking for pure aesthetics, since it is the least warm of the bunch. It all comes down to what you’re willing to do to get exactly what you want. Best of luck. Once you do decide which fireplace to get check our post on ways to design around an outdoor fireplace

Bring Some Serious Zen to Your Outdoor Living Space

Sometimes all you need in your day is a little serenity. Achieving this in your own backyard doesn’t need to be difficult. Adding appropriate statues can help bring a sense of Zen to your outdoor living space. Including a water feature can help you in your relaxation and meditation, as water sounds are often used to achieve deeper levels of calm. We’ve got some suggestions for items you can use to transform your backyard into a place you can work to reach Nirvana.


Zen III Garden Water Fountain


One of our most popular outdoor frog decorations; Featuring three frogs in the familiar Lotus Pose, this piece is both playful and productive. Placing the 18-inch tall Zen III Garden Water Fountain in your garden or wherever you may choose to do your outdoor meditation will almost certainly help guide your efforts with the calming sound of water as it flows twice over. Thanks to its relatively small size, this fountain can work in a multitude of locations, though you’ll want to keep it away from anything too tall, as to avoid covering the amphibians holding up the 20.5-inch basin. I could see this working very well in the middle of a circle of fragrant flowers, with a comfortable bench or seating area nearby. The Zen III Garden Water Fountain can be found among many of our other Cast Stone Fountains. 


Cubist Floor Fountain


When I first saw the Cubist Floor Fountain, I was swept away, feeling like ancient Japanese royalty. Quiet and calm, with stones and cascading water, this fountain is an impressive sight. Standing at nearly three feet tall, the fountain features straight lines with water bubbling from a large center column. It flows down the face of the column onto river stones in a wide, beveled basin below. The design gives it a smooth sound, as opposed to a fountain in which the water moves through streams. Thanks to the inclusion of the stones, the water constantly moves through different patterns, never quite sounding the same. Since it is designed for both indoor or outdoor use, the Cubist Floor Fountain can go absolutely anywhere you want to add a little bit of Zen. Our Asian Fountains are a sure way to invite zen into your living space. 


Low Zen Sphere Garden Water Fountain


Don’t let the short stature of this fountain fool you, because what it lacks in height, it makes up for in calming qualities. After water emerges from the top of the large sphere in the middle of the nearly 40-inch basin, it flows along the sides, gently kissing the surface of the liquid below before again making the journey. This process is not different from the Buddhist concept of reincarnation, which is something on which you can meditate as you enjoy the sight and sound of this beautiful fountain. Placed in a clear area of your yard, or even in the middle of your patio, the Low Zen Sphere Garden Water Fountain makes an eye-catching addition to any outdoor relaxation space. Garden Water Fountains come in a variety of sizes, making it possible to have the sound of soothing water even in small spaces. 


Buddha Head Garden Statue


Sometimes having the right scenery is all you need to set the mood and get a good Zen feeling going. This Buddha Head Garden Statue is so intricately designed one might think it came straight from a Buddhist temple in India. With its closed eyes, the Buddha statue evokes a calming sense of peace. One or more of these would make a great addition to a garden deck. I can picture two of these on the corner of a deck, flanking a circle of pillows on which you and your guests can sit and relax, meditating over the day’s happenings. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, our Buddha Statues are one of a kind!


Buddha Outdoor Water Fountain


If you’re digging the Buddha Head Garden Statue but want to kick it up a notch, this incredible piece is right up your alley. It is striking in both its size and symmetry. The intricately made Buddha head makes its return in the middle of a 75-inch basin, which features 12 platforms symmetrically placed across its surface. This is something designed to withstand the test of time, both in its construction and its style. Placed in a lush green area, or something that stands as a contrast to one of the incredible color options offered, the Buddha Outdoor Water Fountain is sure to catch every eye that turns its way. Thanks to the water sounds and Zen style, this fountain will help you achieve whichever state of relaxation you desire. If you long to make an impression on others - or yourself, Modern Outdoor Fountains are a sure way to do it! 


Yoga Dog Cast Stone Garden Statue


What better example of calm and serenity is there than the loyal dog? During play times, they may be loud and happy as they run around, but so do we all. When the time comes, though, a good dog will relax with you and stay by your side. The Yoga Dog Cast Stone Garden Statue pays tribute to man’s best friend, featuring a relaxed pup in a pose similar to the Burmese meditation position. With a smile on his face, the dog inspires calm, happy feelings, and at its small stature, it will fit anywhere you need it. If you need more of man’s best friend, our dog statuary will surely capture your heart!


Yoga Cat Cast Stone Garden Statue


Not to be forgotten is the more fickle of man’s companions, the cat. The Yoga Cat Cast Stone Garden Statue features a flexible feline, reaching into the air while sitting in the full lotus pose. Much like their canine counterparts, cats can be feisty. In my experience, however, they are most often found relaxing, lounging in a ray of sunlight or balancing atop a tall structure. Fickle though they may be, cats are calm and collected, almost as though they are in a constant meditative trance. This is just one of our cat statues that you're sure to love. Just be sure to keep them away from the catnip. If the feline style is calling to you, we have quite the collection in our cat statuary.


Whether abstract or artistic, fluid or static, adding something a little extra to your outdoor spaces can help you reach the Zen style you may aim to achieve. Bringing in a statue or water feature is a great way to help your small part of the world feel much more calming than the one outside, it doesn’t matter if you’re aiming for aesthetics or trying to hit those deeper levels of meditation. Keep these things in mind as you continue to shape your world into whatever you may wish it to be.

Outdoor Art Pieces for the Dog Lover

Whether you want a something for yourself or are trying to find a gift garden statue for the dog lover in your life this guide is sure to help you find what you're looking for. Animals are key parts of the family unit. They live in our houses, sleep in our beds, and communicate with us. They should also feel like they have a space in the yard. This is important because most animals love the outdoors, and love playing in backyards with their owners. This page is a showcase of dog statues you're bound to love. We should embrace the love of animals, and decorate our backyards accordingly. Luckily, there are many options available for dog lovers in terms of outdoor art pieces. We can show our love for dogs by including some of these works of art in our very own backyard! We will be going through a few popular pieces in the article below, so feel free to read on if you are curious.


Vintage Dog with Basket Cast Stone Garden Statue

This adorable statue displays a stone dog with a basket in its mouth. It is 22 inches tall, and weighs 47 pounds, so it is small enough to place beside your patio door. This is a great accent piece, and it can be crafted using a variety of different finishes. This is so that you can choose the exact look that you were going for. Having a statue of this cute little dog is like advertising that you are a dog-friendly house. Anyone would be able to see your love for animals if you have one of these statues set up outside your home. This particular statue is very durable, and has the ability to withstand tough weather conditions. This means that you can leave it outdoors all year round. Read more about this statue here!


Small Retriever Garden Statue

Small Retriever Garden Statue by Outdoor Art Pros

This statue is an intricate replicate of a dog lying with his hands up in front. Any dog owner would recognize the relaxed familiar pose. This statue is quite large. It is 24.5 inches long and weighs 36 pounds. The most popular place for this type of statue would be beside a door to your patio or deck. Then it would be tucked out of the way, but still easily accessible for viewing. If you are moving it to a different location, be sure to have another person with you to assist. The stain on the stone is applied by hand by trained professionals, so you can be sure of quality in workmanship. This beautiful dog figure can remain outdoors all year long. It can let everyone know that you are a dedicated dog lover. Typically, this type of statue would be placed in the garden, as a focal point of the yard. If you want to see this regal statue, click here.


Curled Dog Small Cast Stone Garden Statue

This adorable statue showcases a puppy made of stone, curled up and ready for a nap. If your dog has grown out of the puppy stage, this statue is sure to remind you of the good memories that were created then. You can look at this statue fondly, and try to picture your dog being the size of the stone puppy. You have a few different options as to where you could place this statue. In the garden, on the porch, or on the patio are good places where it could go. This statue is very small, as it weighs only 8 pounds. This means that you could even place it up high on a table or a ledge for people to admire. Your guests are sure to fall in love with the little stone figure that radiates life. More information about this cute statue can be found here.


Boy Following Dog Across Log Brass Baron Outdoor Statue

Boy Following Dog Across Log Brass Baron Outdoor Statue

Just a small child following his dog outdoors, enjoying nature. While his beloved pet is taking in the beauty of the surroundings. It is reminiscent of the days when the children were young and would scream with laughter when they play with their puppy. Using the ancient, artistic, and complex "cire per due" or "lost wax" casting method, this masterpiece builds subtle variations in color, finishes, and theme. More information about this fountain can be found here.


Decorating your backyard might mean adding pieces that you would have never considered before. However, once they are put in their proper place, you will feel as though they have always belonged there. Being a dog lover is great, because it opens the gates for so many awesome pieces of art. The love of animals is universal, and many artists focus on that theme when they do their work. Fountains and statues can easily demonstrate your love for dogs, as shown in the pieces above. However, there are even more opportunities to decorate your yard in a dog-friendly manner that we did not even get a chance to touch on. The key is discovering just what works for you and your dogs.