How to Use Mirrors in a Garden

Updated April 17, 2017

Mirrors have long been used for interior decor, so why not use them in the garden to create a magical space? Mirrors can liven up the natural space of a garden with their sparkling, reflective light, and they can also create the illusion of more space. When strategically positioned, mirrors also allow unique garden views not normally visible. The inexpensive addition of a couple of mirrors can change an ordinary garden into an extraordinary one.

Mount garden mirrors on walls, trellises or sheds to provide the illusion of additional space. Use mirrors in various sizes and shapes.

Prop mirrors against rocks or other garden decor to reflect light and pathways. Fountains are another good area in which to use mirrors to reflect motion.

Mount mirrors on garden gates or fence posts to reflect colour, light and nature. Avoid swinging gates when using mirrors made of breakable materials.

Position a large mirror at the end of a path to create a walk-through illusion. The path should appear slightly narrower the closer it gets to the mirror.

Use plants such as ivy or clematis around the edges of the mirror to hide the mirror's edges.

Reflect or increase sunlight by propping up or mounting mirrors in areas that do not receive direct sunlight.


Mirrors should be positioned so that a person's reflection is not immediately in view. Mirrors should be angled slightly downward and to one side.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden mirrors (assortment of sizes and shapes)
  • Hardware for mounting
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Patricia Hill is a freelance writer who contributes to several websites and organizations, including various private sectors. She also contributes to the online magazine, Empowered by a need to reveal that unhealthy food and diet is a source of health-related issues, Hill is currently working on a cookbook and website for individuals with Crohn's disease.