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Brighten up your garden with whimsical butterfly, bird and frog ceramics and furniture

Brighten up your garden with whimsical ceramics and furniture

new for spring gardens MacKenzie-Childs March 2015 Frog Plant Hanger
The whimsical Frog Plant Hanger can hold up to a suspended 25 pounds, $100. Photo courtesy of MacKenzie-Childs
new for spring gardens MacKenzie-Childs March 2015 Butterfly Watering Can
A gardner's most important tool now in a fashionable form: MacKenzie-Child's Butterfly Watering Can, $100. Photo courtesy of MacKenzie-Childs
new for spring gardens MacKenzie-Childs March 2015 Belfry Birdhouse
A sturdy roost for your feathered friends, the Belfry Birdhouse, $200. Photo courtesy of MacKenzie-Childs
new for spring gardens MacKenzie-Childs March 2015 Flower Market Outdoor Bench
MacKenzie-Child's Flower Market Square Ottoman creates an instant garden party wherever you plant it, $750. Loveseat, $2,500; and outdoor wingchair, $2,995. Photo courtesy of MacKenzie-Childs
new for spring gardens MacKenzie-Childs March 2015 butterfly collection
Blue joins the original white Butterfly Garden enamelware collection for spring at $36 per plate. Photo courtesy of MacKenzie-Childs
new for spring gardens MacKenzie-Childs March 2015 Frog Plant Hanger
new for spring gardens MacKenzie-Childs March 2015 Butterfly Watering Can
new for spring gardens MacKenzie-Childs March 2015 Belfry Birdhouse
new for spring gardens MacKenzie-Childs March 2015 Flower Market Outdoor Bench
new for spring gardens MacKenzie-Childs March 2015 butterfly collection

Fluttering butterflies, singing birds, happy frogs and more are coming to your garden this spring, thanks to new whimsical and beautiful introductions to MacKenzie-Childs' 2015 lineup.

The skilled artisans at the company's Aurora, N.Y.-based production studio on a rural dairy farm once again offer handcrafted ceramics and furniture following the company's 30-year-plus tradition of creating one-of-a-kind works. Turn over a ceramic mug or platter or even a chair from MacKenzie-Childs, and you will see the stamps or marks of the artisans who contributed to the piece in each step of the process.

MacKenzie-Childs also partners with best-in-class manufacturers all over the world to produce many of their other home and outdoor decor products.

Of course, the trademark "courtly check," either in the familiar black-and-white scheme or variations of colors, is the most recognizable pattern on any MacKenzie-Childs creation.

We selected our top favorite picks for Houston gardens from MacKenzie-Childs' latest and expansive look book, while all pieces are available online or through Neiman Marcus.

Butterfly Watering Can
Tending to the flower beds is no small chore, and the new Butterfly Watering Can keeps gardeners prepared to give their plants a much-needed sprinkle. The essential tool of cast iron with verdigris patina shows gardening may mean getting your hands dirty, but there’s no reason you can’t do it with style.

The one-gallon watering can is 6 inches wide, 21.25 inches long and 14.5 inches tall. $100.

Frog Plant Hanger
Crafted of cast metal with a rustic green patina, this amphibian accessory livens up a traditional patio or porch and is joined by other whimsical pieces in the new Outdoor Frog Collection. No need to go out on a limb to present your petunias. The Frog Plant Hanger is always happy — or make that "hoppy," as the folks at MacKenzie-Childs say — to offer a bit of help.

The hanger, made of aluminum with verdigris patina, is 4.5 inches wide, 12 inches tall and 13 inches deep and can hold a suspended 25 pounds. $100.

Belfry Birdhouse
Give your feathered friends a sturdy and fashionable home with the Belfry Birdhouse. The durable metal tower is hand-painted with pastel checks, soft stripes and bold color-dragged chevron. The birdhouse is 28 inches tall and about 7 inches square. Priced at $200, the accent piece and home should be wiped clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent if necessary.

Flower Market Outdoor Square Ottoman & More
The fanciful new Flower Market Outdoor Square Ottoman creates an instant garden party wherever you plant it. Hand-woven, the accessory is of all-weather resin wicker accented with black and white on the wrought iron frame. The cushion is upholstered in Flower Market floral bouquet fabrics and trimmed with verdant fringe.

The bench is 28 inches wide, 18 inches tall and 22 inches deep. $750.

Other pieces in the Flower Market collection include the outdoor loveseat, $2,500, and the outdoor wing chair, $2,995. 

Butterfly Garden Enamelware
Now that your garden's looking even more beautiful, enjoy a bite to eat al fresco using MacKenzie-Childs' fresh color introduction to its Butterfly Garden enamelware: Sky. The blue hue mixes perfectly with the existing white butterfly and parchment check dishes. And each butterfly is once again hand-applied showing off a MacKenzie-Childs' pattern.

The enamelware is heavy-gauge steel with bronzed stainless steel rim. Charger or large plate, $48 each; dessert plate, $36 each.