Bottle Tree Yard Art is a common sight to see in gardens here in the South. Given my love for colored glass, I am naturally drawn to the unique southern bottle tree. That’s not to say that bottle trees don’t have a presence in other regions of the country. Bottle tree yard art seems to be sprouting up all over in recent years.
Back to the colored glass. More specifically the colored glass bottles that adorn bottle trees are so eye-catching. The way light shines through and around the glass is so appealing to me. Additionally, by “planting” a wrought iron bottle tree in your garden, you will have vividly colored blooms to enjoy year-round.
Using a Bottle Tree for Garden Decor
I don’t believe in garden decorating rules, but I like the idea of placing a bottle tree for garden decor front and center. In other words, a bottle tree should be the sole focal point in its area of the garden. This way your bottle tree will steal the show every time!
The southern bottle tree is created in various heights and shapes to place as a centerpiece in your garden. Tradition says the tree should display blue bottles, but hey, who follows the rules in gardening? Break out those colors!
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A Bottle Tree Bush – Short and Sweet!
In addition to prominent placement, there are a lot of bottle tree ideas to choose from. Not only are different heights and shapes available for the choosing, but also some non-traditional choices as well. The bottletree bush is a great alternative if you are decorating an area where height isn’t an option. The bottletree bush is also very full and will hold a ton of bottles while only taking up a small area.
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Bottle Tree Art Can Just Hang Around
Bottle Tree Yard Art doesn’t have to be planted in the ground. You can hang it from a tree, fence post or just about anywhere for a creative twist to display bottle tree art.
Hanging bottle tree art is a lot easier to move around as well. I love garden decor that is easily moved to a different location according to my mood (which often changes) as well as the season. Which doesn’t change quite as often as my moods, but does indeed change. 😉
Bottle Tree Yard Art Has An Interesting History
Bottle trees have a long and storied history going back as early as the 1700’s in the Kongo of West Africa. It is said that Bottle trees were originally used to trap evil spirits inside the bottles at night. Then, in the morning the sunlight would kill the evil spirit. When slavery came to America, particularly the South, so came bottle tree art.
It is also believed that a bottle tree will bring rain, luck and will make trees bloom….. every gardener’s dream 🙂 Whether you want to ward off spirits, gain some good karma or enjoy unique garden art, bottle tree yard art will take care of all three!
A Bottle Tree Isn’t Complete Without Colored Glass Bottles!