12 Amazing Living Garden Decorations & Structures to DIY

Grow your own garden decorations that are living, functional and beautiful. Unique garden decor ideas on how to create magical living structures and accents such as grass sofa, tree chair, grape tunnel, bean teepee, willow dome, living fence, and more!

There are many kinds of garden decorations and accents. These you will see today are extra magical!

DIY living functional garden decorations & low cost outdoor structures: magical grass sofa, fun bean teepee, beautiful grape & rose arches, willow dome & fence, etc!

Yes, with a little imagination in landscape design, you can create living garden structures and outdoor decorations which are functional artistic creations made of real plants, so they breathe and grow!

Intrigued? Let’s take a look at some of beautiful examples of living garden decorations that are totally irresistible, with great tutorials to get you started!  ( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. )

Living Willow Domes

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Living Willow Domes

Tree teepees and domes with vines are beautiful garden accents that also provide shade.

Imagine a little house made of living willow trees, that whispers in the wind, what more could one ask for? ( Via Creative Willow )

children playing under living willow pergola

Another wonderful willow dome shade pergola from Kleas that adds so much magic to a garden! If you want to learn more about growing and creating living willow structures, check out this great book : Living Willow Sculpture

Bean Teepees as Garden Decorations

kids love to play under Bean Teepees in the garden

A tree dome may take a while. A bean teepee is much faster to DIY, and it will become a lush shade structure in just a couple of months! ( Via Joyful Toddlers )

Related post: How to Build a Beautiful Wood Pergola / Arbor

Free building plan for a gorgeous DIY friendly arbor / pergola: it will add so much beauty to an outdoor space. Step by step drawings and lots of photos! - A Piece of Rainbow

Espalier Fruit Trees as Garden Decorations

Espalier Fruit Tree as Garden Decorations

Train a fruit tree against a wall and it will become such a beautiful focal point in your garden, not to mention all the flowers and fruits you will enjoy! (Via Amanda Brooks )

Magical Flower & Gourd Tunnels

garden Flower tunnel & Gourd Tunnel

Imagine walking under a garden canopy of fragrant lemon arbor, colorful gourd tunnel, flowering tree allee… life is just beautiful! (Via May Beautiful Things | The English Garden )

Grow a Lemon Pergola

Lemon Pergola in Lotusland Santa Barbara

Many fruit trees and vines such as kiwi, grapes, passion fruits, can grow on a pergola. This lemon pergola in Lotusland Santa Barbara is a beautiful example. Via Rita Barton

Grass Sofa Garden Decorations

DIY Grass Sofa Garden Decorations

How about some garden furniture you can grow? Take the lawn to a new level with a fluffy DIY grass sofa! (Via Cornell )

Living garden furniture

Living garden furniture tree chair

This living tree chair is truly a work of art! (Via Pooktre )

You may also love: 25 Most Beautiful DIY garden Paths

Easy DIY Garden Arches with Hardware Fence

Easy DIY Garden Arches and arched trellis with Hardware Fence panel

Use hardware fence panels to make an easy arched DIY trellis and grow a lush living arch with plants like beans, cucumbers, or flowering vines! ( Via Daily Improvisations )

Here are 20+ favorite flowering vines you can check out!

20+ favorite easy-to-grow fragrant flowering vines for year-round beauty.
20+ favorite flowering vines

Beautiful Rose Arches and Tunnels

Beautiful Rose Arches and Tunnels

A great plant for hot desert climate, the Ocotillo will grow from a cane and put out splendid red flowers that are loved by hummingbirds. ( Via Potomac Rose | David Austin Rose )

rose pergola and arched gateway

Rose pergola and arched gateway in an enchanting garden. ( Source: 10)

Living Willow Fence & Garden Structure

how to create Living Willow Fence & Garden Structures

The woven living willow fence (also called fedge in UK) is both beautiful and functional. ( Via amateur gardening | flicker )

DIY living functional garden decorations & low cost outdoor structures

If you love living structures, you would love checking out these living homes called Earthships !

Or these DIY wood fired pizza / bread earth ovens!

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DIY wood fired pizza / bread earth oven

Happy creating! See you soon!! xo


  1. I just found your website and I love everything I’m seeing! Just in time too with the holidays around the corner! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful/beautiful creative ideas and projects!

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  3. Interesting topic for a blog. I have been searching the Internet for fun and came upon your website. Fabulous post. Thanks a ton for sharing your knowledge! It is great to see that some people still put in an effort into managing their websites. I’ll be sure to check back again real soon.

  4. Looks like its an awesome living garden decoration. I love gardening and got some very good ideas about living gardening by reading this article. Thanks for your awesome living garden decoration ideas.

  5. These gardening ideas are so brilliant! I’m impressed by the espalier fruit tree the most, what a great way to decorate the blank wall.

  6. Great ideas!! We already are doing the T-pee idea with our pole beans. Easy to pick the beans. Poles are reusable. The gord, squash idea sounds interesting. Watermelon?

    • hi beverly, watermelon would be so interesting! they might need extra support for each melon, i have see ones like little hammocks 🙂

  7. It’s so inspiring to see this kind of creativity. I’m impressed. This sharing made me so happy and inspired! Buying a house with a yard next summer and hope to do a few of these. Thank you so much!

  8. These are beautiful and productive. We’ve been verticalizing with great results (usually) for the past 10 years, and have never looked back.
    How do you keep the squashes from cross pollinating themselves into “whazzat”?

    • hi jonathan! saving squash seeds is quite a process when mixed varieties are planted. since the seeds of one squash is more than enough for the home gardener and they last a few years, i would just isolate a few blossoms or plant one away from the others. =)

  9. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this… Sooooooo creative!!! Although I am curious if making a smaller version to turn it into a sort of hanging planter and trying vine tomatoes would work. I’d be hanging them on the deck we’re building now. A few days ago I bought a bag with 10 strawberry roots?!?! My first time seeing them, I’ve only seen bulb plants, onions and root veggies sold like this but I’m giving them a try. I started a palet garden a few weeks ago with so many different types of veggies and herbs so I think this and maybe a hanging one would be a great addition to the bunch.

    • hi katie! sounds like you are having a blast! 🙂 one thing i learned about intensive container gardening is to keep them watered as frequently as one can. happy growing!

  10. The grass sofa is incredible. I definitely want to do that. think it would be an amazing structure for an outside wedding or something!

    Katie <3

  11. Those are such beautiful examples of how nature is stunning and versatile. Particularly the gourd corridor (although I’d be afraid that a gourd might fall and hit me in the head :x) and the chair tree – THAT is a time-tested labor of love. I really like the bean tee-pee idea because 1) it can be grown in one season, and 2) it makes picking the beans much easier! So cute!


  12. Thanks for sharing this.They are all utterly amazing and I am seriously thinking of growing a runner bean teepee next year. Have a wonderful Christmas. x

  13. These are all gorgeous! That laburnum tree walkway is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen! I kind of have a tendency to kill plants, but I would love to try a few of these!

  14. This sharing made me sooo happy and inspired! Buying a house with a yard next summer and hope to do a few of these. Thank you so much!

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