Some gardeners think that gazing balls are tacky. I tend to think it depends on the base you put it on (or not at all.) At the Enid A. Haupt Garden of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., they’ve made gazing balls clever, intriguing, and whimsical by floating them amongst the foliage of a shrub border. To make gazing balls current and cool in your garden, you could nestle them base-free into a plant combo that picks up on the colors of the ball, make one a central feature in a container planting, or scatter a few on a lesser-traveled lawn.
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Oh this is way cool.....can hardly wait to do it next year.....anyone know where I can get these gazing balls??? Love it, love it, love it!
What a wonderful whimsical idea. Looks like giant bubbles have landed in the hendge.
Double, way cool!
The Haupt Garden is small, but wonderful. And free!
The photos you have shown us of the Enid A. Haupt Garden make me want to catch a flight to D.C. The garden designer definitely has a twinkle in her/his eye to be able to make gazing balls so much fun!
a christmas display of these would be fun, esp in the snow, but other than that, i'd much rather see a planting of tall bright cannas behind that hedge.
How festive! Is there a way to make these glow at night for a sweet dinner party greeting?
Forget the artificial gazing balls... what are the shrubs because the round seed pods or bloom stems are awesome?? Does anyone know what kind of plants these are?
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