Through the Looking Glass | Decorating with a garden mirror

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.

Beautiful pink roses in our English cottage garden

Beautiful pink roses in our English cottage garden

I love decorating dark areas our garden with a garden mirror. They bounce light around and make for an interesting view! Our cottage garden is full of roses and alliums in the summer months.

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.

Our walled cottage garden in the summer is filled with alliums and roses. A strategically placed garden mirror will illuminate even the gloomiest corner and also give tantalising glimpses into other areas.

A strategically placed garden mirror will illuminate even the gloomiest corner and also give tantalising glimpses into other areas.

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.

The roses in our walled garden really come into their own during the summer. This sunny spot is decorated with a garden mirror plus an outside seating area to enjoy the view.

A strategically placed garden mirror will illuminate even the gloomiest corner and also give tantalising glimpses into other areas.

A strategically placed garden mirror will illuminate even the gloomiest corner and also give tantalising glimpses into other areas. This window pane mirror offers lots of different views.

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.

A strategically placed garden mirror will illuminate even the gloomiest corner and also give tantalising glimpses into other areas.

A strategically placed garden mirror will illuminate even the gloomiest corner and also give tantalising glimpses into other areas.

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.

The roses in our walled cottage garden really come into their own during the summer.

Thank you so much to Mirror Deco for sending us the beautiful ‘Window Pane Door Mirror’ for the purposes of styling this post. Pop and have a look at their site for some absolutely gorgeous mirrors for your home or garden.

This is a collaborative post but all thoughts, words and images and styling — as ever — are entirely my own.

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Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. 21st Jun 2017 / 10:29 am

    Oh your garden is so beautiful Caro! I love the mirror- I’m considering one in the sunken bit of our garden to create and illusion of space, just need to find the perfect one now! x

    • 9th Jul 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Thanks lovely!! Would highly recommend Mirror Deco — they’ve got some gorgeous mirrors :) xx

  2. 21st Jun 2017 / 11:20 am

    Your garden is beautiful #gardenenvy – out house shades a lot of ours so not much grows :( I love the mirror, it really does let list into the garden doesn’t it. It looks fab! #homeetc

    • 21st Jun 2017 / 7:28 pm

      Aaah there are LOADS of great shade loving plants that you could use Gemma! And a couple of mirrors would maximise the light too — I’m obsessed with them now!! :)

  3. Joscelyne Williams
    21st Jun 2017 / 11:20 am

    I love it! I put a mirror on my deck last year (mostly because I didn’t know where else to put it…) and it has been a huge hit! I can enjoy the view even when I’m facing my house :) Maybe I’ll put one in the garden now, you’ve inspired me :)

    • 9th Jul 2017 / 5:22 pm

      Aaah thanks so much Joscelyne — definitely do!! I think mirrors outdoors are underrated. It’s such a lovely way of adding more light to a dark corner — or giving you a glimpse into another part of the garden. Thanks ever so much for stopping by and commenting! xx

  4. 21st Jun 2017 / 11:48 am

    What a beautiful garden, so many pretty flowers! I really love the mirror too, what a great idea!

  5. 21st Jun 2017 / 12:42 pm

    We are re-doing our garden at the moment – putting in a garden room and making the back area (where there’s a wall) look a bit special. I love this idea of putting in a mirror; I thought it was a glass paned door at first! Looks great and yes, your garden is really blooming :)

  6. 21st Jun 2017 / 2:40 pm

    I’m a total sucker for walled gardens and SO jealous of yours – it’s looking absolutely gorgeous. And what a perfect spot for that mirror, I’ve got a plan to do something similar in a gloomy border at the bottom of our garden and now I just want to get on with it! #HomeEtc

    • 9th Jul 2017 / 5:19 pm

      Me too Catherine!! I was so chuffed when we came to view this house!! It had been on my wish list but I never thought I’d actually have one!

  7. 21st Jun 2017 / 2:40 pm

    I have total walled garden envy! Using a mirror is a fabulous way to add depth and light into a garden. I’d like to do something similar but need my plants to grow first or it’d look lost! #homeetc

    • 21st Jun 2017 / 8:48 pm

      It’s something I always wanted — couldn’t believe our luck when we came here to view. No downstairs loo, utility room or hallway mind you — that’s still on my wishlist!! ;)

  8. 21st Jun 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Looks gorgeous! That mirror works so well in your amazing garden. I have to confess, we’re not really gardeners and our garden is very low maintenance and a bit bland, unlike yours, which is beautiful.
    Jemma x

    • 21st Jun 2017 / 7:26 pm

      Aah thanks Jemma — you could still use mirrors in a low maintenance garden ;) Maybe a group of them together — or something ultra modern! I bet it would look amazing!! xx

  9. Amy
    22nd Jun 2017 / 6:24 pm

    I love the idea of a mirror in the garden. My mum has a beautiful one and I can’t wait to add one in my new house in a few weeks. x

    • 9th Jul 2017 / 5:18 pm

      It’s amazing what a difference they make isn’t it? They can literally double the size of a room if they’re positioned correctly!

  10. 22nd Jun 2017 / 9:46 pm

    Oh I love this Caro, and I agree that Victorians knew a thing or two about gardens. I suppose it was a large part of entertaining and being entertained for them. Part of my mum’s garden is walled and she has a few mirrors. They really add a wonderful dimension to the space and add some interest. Gorgeous!!! #HomeEtc

    • 9th Jul 2017 / 5:17 pm

      Thanks so much lovely!! Yes! Totally!! They loved entertaining as much outdoors as in… a bit like me!! ;)

  11. 22nd Jun 2017 / 9:57 pm

    Your garden is beautiful! What an incredible space. We have a Victorian house but no Victorian garden to match. Love it – and that mirror works beautifully x

    • 9th Jul 2017 / 12:05 pm

      Thanks ever so much Donna — I’d like to take full credit for it but I can’t!! We’ve added to it over the years but it was definitely those clever Victorians who created such a lovely space :) xx

  12. 23rd Jun 2017 / 9:46 pm

    Your garden is SO beautiful, I’m incredibly jealous and I completely agree about brick walls to make a garden seem so grand. Mirror looks gorgeous X #HomeEtc

    • 9th Jul 2017 / 11:57 am

      Thanks lovely — I really cant take vey much credit for it. We’ve definitely added to it since we’ve been here but fundamentally a walled garden is a lovely thing isn’t it? :)

  13. 24th Jun 2017 / 6:46 pm

    I love the idea of the mirror and it looks so good, but I am massively worried about fire hazards with mirrors and always shut my blinds in the house on a hot day in case the sun rays hit any mirrors…not sure I could cope with one outside lol! #homeetc

    • 9th Jul 2017 / 11:56 am

      Same!!! All the mirrors in our home are angled well away from windows!! My mum worked for the fire service for 25 years — the stories she can tell! Thankfully the outdoor mirror occupies a shady corner — no need to worry about a fire hazard in this instance :)

  14. 26th Jun 2017 / 10:03 pm

    I love the idea of a walled garden, the red brick and the plants growing up it look so nice together. The mirror makes it look like a window to another secrete part!

    • 9th Jul 2017 / 11:35 am

      They were so clever weren’t they, those Victorians. Those walls were built to last — not like modern fences that blow down in a heavy wind!! :)

  15. Coach House Furniture
    6th Jul 2017 / 11:02 am

    Wow…. I am in love with your garden. It is really very beautiful. I liked the idea of decorating the garden with mirror, it is unique and nice.

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