During these dog days of summer when the heat and humidity melt our energy and spirits, a green and white shade garden, like many that Charles Gillette created around town in the mid-20th century, provides rejuvenating powers. A glimpse of even a small parcel of this classic combination can reduce your temperature. Its magic multiplies with the deft placement of a mirror.
A couple of times a week, I have the pleasure of walking by this garden entrance with its arched mirror. Though it anchors a parking area, the mirror’s placement reflects greenery that expands the small space and beckons to passersby.
The illusion created by this clever focal point is so enchanting that I had to start a Pinterest page, Garden Reflections, showing more examples of the magical powers a mirror conjures in the garden. Here are a few of my favorites.
Central to the success of these mirrors is the focal point, whether living or man-made, of their reflection, and when placed correctly, the garden grows exponentially beyond its footprint. The weathered metal framing most of these mirrors seems most suitable to the great outdoors, especially in an old-world styled garden. Start with this beautyor first treat a wood-framed mirror with a rubber sealant like this.
RVA’s small city gardens in the Fan and the near West End are perfect for a little mirrored reflection. Do you have a spot in your garden calling for expansion with a mirror? Sometimes it really can be the little things that make the biggest difference.
August 8, 2017
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