Perhaps you've never thought of using mirrors in the garden. Then again, perhaps you should. Mirrors can convey many of the same design benefits in the garden that they do in your home. Additionally, using unusual gardening décor items such as mirrors can make your yard stand out. Consider using mirrors to enhance the beauty of your landscaping while following the tips below.
Look Into Weatherproofing for the Frame
Probably one of the main reasons many gardeners don't think about using mirrors outside is because of the weather, specifically precipitation. Naturally, weathering can harm wooden frames. If you choose a mirror with a wooden frame, consider stripping and staining it with a weatherproof finish. Conversely, you can let the natural weathering be part of the changing patina.
Decide on Climbing Plants for Your Frame
Another consideration for using mirrors in your landscaping is the damage plants can do to the frame. So, you'll want to decide if you will put plants over the mirror. The reflection of plant life is one of the main advantages to using mirrors in your landscaping. A mirror draped with plants offers the beauty of softening the mirror shape while reflecting the greenery.
If you want to preserve the frame, arrange the mirror so it reflects plants that don't touch it. These plants can be located right in front of the mirror or farther away. You'll want to play with angles to get the best reflection.
Be Aware of the Reflection
The whole purpose of using mirrors in the garden is to utilize the reflection. Think about what you want in the reflection. You can place the mirror so it reflects a tableau, thus creating artwork in your garden. Conversely, you can use the mirror placed flush to the ground to reflect an unseen corner or to visually expand your garden space.
Watch Out for the Sun's Rays
One of the main uses for interior mirrors is to reflect natural sunlight into dark corners. You could potentially use outdoor mirrors to this end if you have a dark garden corner. You could place the mirror at an angle so it sends the sun into the desired area.
However, trying to reflect the sun directly while outside is a tricky business. Mirrors don't just reflect the sunlight - they amplify it. You don't want to train the light onto a plant that will burn because of the intensified rays. What's more, you can temporarily blind yourself if you catch a look at direct sunlight in the mirror. The best advice is to place the mirror so it gets indirect sunlight.
Be Wary of Wildlife
Kittens and puppies interacting with their reflections in the mirror is the stuff of viral videos. Such cuteness doesn't always come through with wildlife, though. If a wild creature suddenly discovers a rival in the mirror, a fight can ensue, thus destroying your mirror. What's more, you don't want to place your mirror where birds might mistake it as flying space.
Choose the Size and Shape Wisely
The desired reflection helps you decide on a size and shape for the mirror. For example, if you choose a smaller mirror and mount it on a fence, you can create the illusion of a window into another garden. Such a display is also ideal for the above-described tableau effect. A larger mirror can create that illusion of more space or plantings.
What you choose for the shape depends on your personal preferences. For example, you may look around and decide you want a rectangular mirror that echoes the shape of your house windows. Conversely, you may want to design an outdoor gallery wall. In that case, you may want different-shaped mirrors to conform to the eclectic design of your gallery.
Get creative with your use of mirrors by installing one or more wisely into your landscaping. Wholesale Glass & Mirror can supply all your mirror needs.