Our garden has been amazing over the last few weeks.
I’ve never seen so many blooms on the rose plants before and the alliums that we planted last year have been flowering for the first time.
I’ve spoken about our garden many times on the blog.
It’s a decent size — not too big, not too small — surrounded by mellow, red brick walls.
Those Victorians really knew a thing about garden design didn’t they? Even the most modest space takes on a grand feel if it’s enclosed by a wall.
And also gives the sense of being in a real-life ‘secret garden‘.
That said, because the walls are eight foot high — and and some cases feel even higher due to the ivy growing above them — some areas of the garden can feel quite dark.
One way to add a little bit of light to a dark corner is by using a garden mirror.
A strategically placed mirror will illuminate even the gloomiest corner and also give tantalising glimpses into other areas.
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A Room with a View — Creating an Outdoor Room with a Garden Mirror
Another reason for adding a garden mirror — as well as giving the illusion of space and adding light — is it’s a great way of creating a little open air ‘room’.
These days decorative items like mirrors and lights aren’t just banished to the home. There are so many fantastic options, built to withstand the elements.
You can create gorgeous garden rooms using lighting; strings of waterproof fairy lights and lanterns.
Add cushions and throws to outdoor furniture and hang mirrors on walls and fences to add interest and texture.
Mirror Mirror on the Wall
There are so many amazing designs out there too; to perfectly suit any style of garden.
From ultra modern, with sleek and shiny frames, to vintage chic or industrial.
I’ve just added one to one of the darkest parts of our garden. I chose a gorgeous full length window pane door mirror in a vintage style frame and it’s amazing the difference it’s made.
It really bounces the light around and gives the corner a totally different aspect.
I love the way that other areas of the garden are reflected in the panes; it’s really given the impression of more space as well as light. I’m so pleased with it.
Delighted, too, to see that my boys are beginning to take after their great-grandparents and are developing a real love for gardening.
Even at such a tiny age they love being in the garden and helping their dad out.
So sweet to see them helping and learning all about the veg he grows in the allotment. And lovely to see them enjoying our outside space too.
I never tire of our garden.
Especially when it puts on a show like it has this summer.
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Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.