Statues also give a much broader range of styles than you can get from plants. Nature is certainly an amazing muse, but the range of garden statues is truly amazing when you stop to think about it. The first things that come to most people's minds when they think of garden decorations are lawn gnomes. These cute little statues depict small, quaintly dressed people doing every day activities. They have been a mainstay in yard decorating for a long time.
There is a serious side to the genre as well. European walking gardens featured larger than life marble or granite statues. They could depict a ruler, or a favorite theme that the owner enjoyed, such as cherubs, wild game, or ordinary people. These types of statues are very traditional, dating back as far as ancient Greece, and possibly further.
Metal is a newer medium for garden statues, since casting a mold and pouring a solid metal statue is a newer form of statue making than using a hammer and chisel on stone. However, within the metal category there are welded modern statues that can capture the abstract nature of an idea far more eloquently than words ever could. Whether it's a humanoid impression, or simply geometric shapes, these kinds of garden statues are very popular today.