Garden statues come in many different materials. The most popular though are concrete, resin, and metal. Here are the benefits and differences between them.
Concrete garden statues: These are very affordable and are sold in both finished and unfinished styles. You can get almost any type of concrete statuary that you want in nearly any size you want. The big benefit of buying unfinished concrete sculptures is that if you decide to paint it then you will not only get it cheaper, but also get the exact colors you want.
The only bad part about getting concrete statuary for your garden is that they can get very heavy if the statues are big and they are not as detailed as resin statues. However, if you live in a high wind area, heavy can be a big advantage.
Resin garden statues: Basically resin is a hard plastic material. The big advantage of resin is that it takes on any shape in amazing detail. Because it produces very detailed results you will often see statues of animals, children, and Disney characters made out of resin.
Resin is very durable. It is often more expensive than concrete, especially when you get into larger pieces. These types of pieces look great in informal gardens.
Metal garden statues: These are generally both very beautiful and fairly pricey. But, if you have a formal garden then a metal statue may be just what you want. Be aware that many metals used in garden statuary develop a patina over time. Only you can decide if this is something that you want. Copper statues for instance turn a beautiful shade of green – think the Statue of Liberty.