Garden Statuary, crafted in high quality materials, comes in many forms and here David Coton chooses some busts, sculptures and statues that can create a genuine classical ambiance in any outdoor space..
There's a huge range of expertly crafted classical statuary from manufacturers such as Haddonstone and Borderstone, using cast stone that matures wonderfully well but costs significantly less than quarried stone.
Their figures are inspired by Roman and Greek culture and mythology - gods, goddesses, emperors, heroic figures and mythical animals. Many are reproductions of originals at stately homes and museums.
Busts placed on pedestals and located around the garden can be tremendously effective. Caesar Augustus is portrayed as Commander-in-Chief gazing imperiously at his troops while there is also a fine bust of Brutus, Julius Caesar's assassin.
Roman emperors Antonius and Septimus are depicted in their finery and a distinguished Aristotle will not be be out of place among the other worthies.
Gods and Goddesses
Goddesses are represented by, amongst others, Andromeda whose life was saved by Perseus in Greek mythology, the stunningly attractive Helena, Venus the goddess of love and Diana the Huntress, both busts and full length statues.
Gods are thinner on the ground, but mythical figures such as Hercules, Eros and Apollo make an appearance together with Pan and his pipes. There's also a wonderful intoxicated and dishevelled Bacchus who can be joined by his enthusiastic adherent Bacchante.
Marble And Resin
In addition to these cast stone statues and busts, there are crushed marble and resin pieces from Enigma – among them David, Venus de Milo and Aphrodite, the Greek equivalent of Venus - featured in classical poses with, in the case of marble, a smooth to the touch white alabaster finish creating a marvellous effect.
With many pedestals, planters, vases and other classical accessories to augment this selection of statuary, there is enormous scope for you to create a themed landscape that reflects classical personalities, myths and legends, bringing ancient Greece and Rome into your garden.