Ideas for Garden Lighting

Light up the night and add functionality to your landscape by installing garden lighting. Not only is this an attractive way to highlight the beauty of your garden, but adding light to the space allows you to use it even when the sun sets, and makes the area safer for guests and family members. Numerous and beautiful ways to bring nighttime illumination to your yard exists.

Light the Way

Add lighting to pathways and steps using small solar-powered lights inserted into the ground. These come in a number of attractive designs and finishes, from simple brushed nickel to elaborate cast-iron replicas, and most are relatively inexpensive. Pools of light are cast onto the path, welcoming and lighting the way for friends and family in a cozy, safe manner.

Highlight Focal Points

Highlight the focal points of your landscape by showing them off with spotlights. Surround a pond with tall torches or cast a spotlight on a fountain or a flowering ornamental tree. This technique is called "uplighting" and is used to create drama in a garden or landscape.

Create a Mood

Create a romantic feel in your garden by adding strings of twinkling lights to evergreen trees, around a hot tub or over an arbor. White lights do not have to be restricted to use only on the holidays. Use them for a formal garden party, informal family barbecue or just on those nights when you and a loved one enjoy a night under the tiny lights.

Create a Theme

Lights are used in theme gardens to extend the theme. An Asian garden, for example, benefits from hanging Chinese lanterns. String the paper lanterns along a horizontal line running along the edge of a porch, or hang them in various heights from the branches of a shade tree. A classic English cottage garden looks cozier with the addition of old-fashioned, hanging lanterns. A tropical garden is enhanced by the use of tiki torches, many of which have the added benefit of scents that keep mosquitoes away.

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April Sanders has been an educator since 1998. Nine years later she began writing curriculum. She currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education.