How to Use Mirrors in a Garden


In many ways, a garden is not a collection of flowers, fountains, fruits and other elements, but a collection of images. A well-designed garden dazzles the senses at every corner, creating unique sights and smells that change subtly day-by-day. Mirrors allow us to work with the images of the garden themselves, transporting the most attractive views to new and exciting angles to create an even more dazzling display.

Step 1

Gather mirrors. Old shower and bathroom mirrors work well for outdoor gardens. Acrylic mirrors are useful if you would like to create custom shapes, since they can be cut easily.

Step 2

Place long mirrors along garden walls or other flat surfaces to create the illusion of space. Mount them horizontally against the wall to create length or vertically to create height.

Step 3

Use small mirrors to create tableaus. Place them so that when you are sitting in a favorite spot, they reflect flowers or other plants at a particularly attractive angle.

Step 4

Place strange or interestingly shaped mirrors in random corners to create unexpected lighting effects. Hang pieces of broken mirrors from strings in out-of-the-way corners where no one will bump into them. As they spin, they will reflect light in interesting and unexpected ways.

Step 5

Cut acrylic mirrors into unusual shapes with hacksaws and mount them as art works. For example, you could cut a mirror into eyes, ears, nose and mouth and use it to make a face on a tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Mirrors
  • Hammers
  • Nails
  • Glue
  • Strings


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Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has nearly five years' experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.