With summer on the way, we want to be able to enjoy our gardens as much as possible. While we can gladly spend the day outside gardening, playing games or just relaxing with a good book, gardens take on a new purpose after dark. At night, the atmosphere of a garden can change completely, providing an ideal place to entertain family and friends, or simply enjoy some peace and quiet.
The key to all of this is good lighting. As well as helping you find your way around a garden, proper lighting lets you show off the shapes, features and colours of the space. The right choice of lighting can transform the appearance of your garden and let you enjoy it to the fullest, whatever the time of day.
Of course, choosing the right kind of lighting for a garden is not always easy, and you might not even be sure of all the options that are open to you. A landscape designer can give you all the help you need to maximise your garden's appeal, and should be able to recommend the best lighting solutions for your space. When it comes to the installation, it is best to have a garden lighting installation professional such as an electrician do the work.
Here are just a few of our favourite examples of beautiful garden lighting!
Adding an electric light to a lantern might not be a new concept, but this piece has a unique impact. Instead of a standard bulb, this piece is filled with Christmas lights, making the lantern look as if it contains trapped fireflies, or even fairies!
Another thing that we like about this piece is its versatility. The aesthetic impact of the Christmas lights would seem all the more magical if the piece were hanging from a branch, but it could also be a perfect table centrepiece for evening garden parties.
These pathway lights are a fantastic example of decor being inspired by nature. The bright lights contained in these pieces of wood shine out through the seams, almost making the logs look as if they are oozing glowing sap.
As well as looking great, these lights are also highly functional. A row of these would be perfect for lighting the way along a garden path, or they could be organised to draw attention to a specific plant bed or feature.
This upcycling trick is simple but highly popular. All it takes is a hammer and nail to customise the look of a tin can, and this has led to some truly impressive designs.
Of course, a huge advantage of upcycling is how much it can make a home seem lived in, and these tin can lights are no exception. They show that a homeowner has worked to make their own contribution to their garden's decor, helping to make the space seem more welcoming and friendly.
Another marriage of function with beauty, these lanterns make wonderful pathway lights.
What we particularly like here is the use of colour. The lights are strong enough to draw attention to the different colours of the lanterns, which brings another aesthetic element to the arrangement. We are usually deprived of a garden's colour in the evening, but pieces like this allow us to enjoy it even then.
These lights take inspiration straight from nature. With these bird shaped tree lights, you can appreciate garden wildlife at any time of day or night!
An advantage of decorative lighting is that it can draw attention to your favourite home features, just like these do for the garden's greenery. This is a small touch, but it helps you to appreciate the shapes and plants in a garden regardless of the time.
With a bit of clever thinking, this water feature has been designed to look like it runs on bubbling gold!
This is another example of clever decorative lighting: not only does the underwater light make the waterfall look even more impressive, but it also means that the feature can be appreciated in the evening. It could make a fantastic talking point for evening garden parties!
The key to the success of the lighting in this garden is shape.
While the placement of the lighting brings attention to the landscaped features and plants, it also serves another purpose. By surrounding the turf in the middle of the garden, the lights frame it perfectly. Defining the space in this way has created a prime area for a garden party!
This lighting might seem simple, but its placement has a strong impact. These fence lights draw your attention towards the tall and dominating plants beneath them, illuminating their colours and helping to show off the shapes.
This is another fantastic example of the right lighting greatly improving a garden feature while also making it easier to appreciate once the sun goes down.
Whoever hung these lights has a strong understanding of one of the best parts of a lush garden: colour.
In the evening, we are deprived of the huge palette of colours that can be enjoyed in a garden. These tree lights illuminate the deep green of the trees, providing a beautiful yet still perfectly functional light source.
Even at night, this garden appears perfectly laid out thanks to its perfectly placed lighting.
The coloured lighting under the bench is both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional. The choice of blue also complements the lighting placed under the plant life, giving the garden a generous amount of colour despite the time of night.