I too love gardening. I planted a flower/shrub garden in front of my apartment. I live in hot humid Florida so its not as easy to garden. Many plants just give up in the heat. I moved here from Boston MA, where we could grow SO many pretty flowers and plants.
The ornaments are use are unusual. I keep my eye open at various thrift shops for decorative spheres. A few years back it was considered "IN" to have large bowls of these spheres on your coffee table. Its not "IN" now I buy people discards for very cheap. I use them as sot of a fancy mulch.