Fancy a focal point in your garden ? A bigger garden ? A little perspective in your garden ? Perhaps some light thrown to an otherwise dark corner ? Then read on about garden mirrors and let your imagination reflect on what the reflection could be in your garden…
Choosing a garden mirror
The garden mirror you choose will depend on the effect you wish to create. Mirrors can create many different looks, from a full length illusion (which will appear as if you can walk through it from a distance) to the appearance of a small window.
Where to position a garden mirror
Mirrors work best where they are blended in with plants, trees and flowers – essentially so there are no mirror edges on show which will point out that your mirror is a mirror! The more real things that are mixed next to your mirror, the better.
The key to placing your mirror in the garden is to check what will be reflected back. So, take your mirror into the garden. (Or another mirror you have if you want to test out sizes first before you buy a garden mirror.) Position it in different spots to see where the best place is that gives the reflection you enjoy the most. For example, you may be thinking of hanging your mirror at the bottom of your garden but if your house reflects back then that may not be the view you were hoping for.
If you’re struggling to get a good reflection you can always angle your mirror and see what that reflects back. Put something like a piece of wood behind the mirror so it angles up, down or to the side and check out your new reflection. Placing your mirror at an angle also means you (and others) won’t be reflected back into it when you walk to and from it too, helping to provide the appearance of more garden / a view beyond.
In hotter climates be sure to place your mirror in a shaded area. Mirrors placed in direct sunlight can cause accidental fires.
What type of mirror is best for gardens?
Indoor mirrors can be used outside but expect a reduced life span and the possibility that rain water will get in and separate the reflective surface and the glass.
Mirrors suited to outdoor use are available and tend to be either made from metal (think public toilets), acrylic or polycarbonate. The latter two are plastic materials and as such are more flexible than glass mirrors so the reflection you see will only be as good (ie perfect) as the wall it is fitted to (ie completely flat). The thicker the acrylic or polycarbonate mirror the more rigid it will be.
How to fix a garden mirror
Fixing with glue is a key issue. Traditional screw fixings tend to be safer in that glues can work through the mirror’s reflective surface and causing the mirror glass to darken. This can be minimized on acrylic mirrors by using a suitable acrylic mirror adhesive such as Evo-stik Mirror Adhesive.