Once permanent fixtures in European gardens, reflective globes were thought to have mystical powers, bringing good luck and happiness to their owners.
Today, globes enjoy renewed popularity as outdoor ornaments, offering alluring reflections of garden landscapes. The spheres can make sparkling displays for interior spaces as well. What better time than Christmas to try decorating with these age-old garden delights?
Gazing globes typically range from 6 to 22 inches in diameter. Stainless-steel globes withstand the outdoors better than glass globes, which can crack in extreme cold or tumble to their demise in high winds. Quality globes will last years with proper care. Just don't loosen or remove the seal at the neck.
The reflective color is inside a glass globe -- unlike glass ornaments, which are typically colored on the outside. If moisture gets inside, the color coating will peel. Silver and lavender are the most popular choices.