TRENDS for 2015- MOSAIC in the GARDEN!

Photo Courtesy of www.marshallstone.com

Photo Courtesy of www.marshallstone.com

An ancient construction method has reemerged this spring. The new trend for 2015 is the use of mosaics in the garden! You will see this beautiful technique on everything from outdoor furniture, embedded in patios and even in outdoor walls!

The traditional method involves embedding small pieces of glass or broken pottery into wet cement to form patterns or designs. In ancient times, these mosaics were worked into building floors and walls in elaborate patterns. Some ancient mosaics have remained for over 1000 yearsPatterns like the one seen below are created by using small pebbles embedded in cement. These are known as 'pebble mosaics.'

Photo courtesy of www.marshallstone.com

Photo courtesy of www.marshallstone.com

The DIY Network also has some great resources for creating mosaics. One of many articles I found so you can make your own mosaic for the garden- this one is for a stepping stone. 

http://www.diynetwork.com/decorating/mosaic-garden-stepping-stone/index.html

Check out some other great websites with ideas to incorporate mosaics.  These websites will inspire you and give you great tips and instructions:

http://www.woohome.com/garden-2/28-stunning-mosaic-projects-for-your-garden

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20365717,00.html

http://www.instructables.com/id/Create-an-Eccentric-Mosaic-Garden-Ornament/

http://www.midwestliving.com/garden/ideas/how-to-make-mosaic-garden-projects/

https://www.pinterest.com/LoriHawkinsLA/mosaics-in-the-garden
 

About the Author:

Lori Hawkins, RLA, ASLA has been a registered landscape architect and active in the landscape design/build industry for over 30 years. Her service area includes Greensboro, High Point, Oak Ridge, Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill and the Raleigh NC metro areas. For additional inspiring project pictures, design ideas, or great garden gifts, take a look at these websites:

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