Glass That Enhances Gardens

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

I’m enraptured by anything that glistens. I enhance my living spaces, indoors and out, with prisms, rhinestones, crystals, globes, mirrors and more. As the sun shifts during the day, these objects flash and glitter. I become a child again, living entirely in the moment. Sometimes this happens in other gardens, too. Like this Aloe marlothii in Patrick Anderson’s garden, bright with mid-winter blooms and a perfectly placed golden orb.

These disks hang in Diane Dunhill’s Santa Barbara garden.

A paperweight graces an undersea-themed succulent garden.

Florists’ marbles echo the shape and hues of pachyphytum leaves.

Glass balls with trapped bubbles suggest beads of water.

A red glass sphere repeats the red of Crassula ‘Campfire’. Between them is golden Sedum nussbaumeranium.

Crystals, like sunlit rain, drip from a tree limb in a designer’s garden.

A drop-shaped terrarium contains a tiny garden.

Large glass vessels topped with spheres grow alongside columnar cacti in Frank and Susan Oddo’s garden.

Also at the Oddo’s: Slag glass. This chunk is between Sedum rubrotinctum (top) and Senecio mandraliscae (bottom).

Blue slag glass shimmers in the garden of Peter and Margaret Jones.

And at Rancho La Puerta fitness spa in Tecate, Baja California, a metal sculpture that resembles a Jai Alai basket appears to hold a chunk of sky.

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Debra Lee Baldwin

Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified, all Timber Press bestsellers. Her goal is to enhance others' enjoyment and awareness of waterwise plants and gardens by showcasing the beauty and design potential of succulents via books, articles, newsletters, photos, videos, social media and more. Debra and husband Jeff live in the foothills north of San Diego. She grew up in Southern California on an avocado ranch, speaks conversational Spanish, and at age 18 graduated magna cum laude from USIU with a degree in English Literature. Her hobbies include thrifting, birding and watercolor painting. Debra's YouTube channel has had over 3,000,000 views.
Debra Lee Baldwin
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