Most all of us wish for a place that was relaxing and enjoyable. For those who love the great outdoors, those places are often created in their yard, where they may have already planted flower beds with scents and blooms that they enjoy. If this sounds like you, you should know that relaxation outdoors doesn’t have to end just because the sun goes down. You can create a comforting space for evening hours with garden lighting. It is easy to do and the results will be amazing.

Solar Options

There are plenty of nighttime garden lighting options that use solar power. They get charged up throughout the day and as the sun goes down, they turn on. Their light is very subtle, but can be useful along pathways or as a way to highlight flower beds. They also work well along entrances to the garden if you have a fence put up around your garden.

Candles and More

If you want, you can also create a space with lighting that uses the soft glow of candle light. This option includes Tiki torches and lanterns. The bonus of Tiki torches is that a lot of the oils that they use include citronella and other scents that may work to repel insects that can sometimes become a burden during the evening hours. This option is ideal if you want a soft glow, but also have enough light that you can see very well. Many people use lanterns to add more light to the tiki torch lighting, but they may also use solar lights or hard-wired lighting options as well.

Other Lighting for Gardens and Paths

There are a lot of lighting options and some may require you to hard wire or plug in the lights to create a dramatic look. This option may include rope lights for along pathways, bulb lighting, or wall-mounted lighting in a covered area of your garden. These lights may be LED lights which put off an impressive amount of light for years at a time without you ever having to worry about bulbs that go bad.

Which type of lighting is best for you and your garden? This is a choice that you will have to make. There is no wrong answer or wrong combination of lighting. You simply have to think about the space that you want to create and how much effort you want to put into creating it.

Whether you are growing vegetables or flowers, gardens are areas that we all take pride in. We enjoy watching them grow and find a sense of relaxation or accomplishment in the space as it grows and changes. It is no secret that in those areas, special lighting can transform the way it looks during the evening hours, but have you ever considered the potential of just adding lighting to any space outdoors? The truth is, new garden lighting can make outdoor spaces magical, even if you do not have a garden area to put them.

Transform your Space

Even without a garden, you most likely have an area that you love being in when it comes to outdoor spaces. It may be an area where you have a swing set up or it may be a pool area, a deck, patio, or walkway from your front door to the driveway. It is an area that you put effort into, even if it is only minor. It may only be a few hedges or a couple stepping stones, but you can transform the area with a few creative lighting ideas. For instance, rope lighting along the pathways or solar lighting spikes beside the hedges can immediately make the space stand out during the nighttime hours. If that isn’t enough, you can add some of the more decorative garden lighting randomly around the yard or the path.

Decorative Outdoor Lighting

Imagine having solar powered, lighted bluebell flowers, butterflies, or mosaics put around your lawn. These lights are affordable and they can make any area shine brighter during the darkest of hours. There are spotlights that can cast light on certain areas, lanterns that give off a subtle glow, lighted balls that can be hung from ropes overhead or gazing balls that will sit on a lighted stand. Some people use Christmas lights around their garden areas and their lawn throughout the year. If you choose LED lights you may also be happy to know that they come in a variety of colors.

Create Your Magic Space

You can do anything you want to with your yard and garden lighting is a great place to start. Even if you only purchase a couple tiki torches, you will still notice a major difference in how the area outside of your home looks. With a little effort, you can create a space that your entire family will want to enjoy.

If you are someone who decorates using lights inside or during the holiday season, you already know that lighting can accentuate and beautify most areas. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that you can use lighting in your yard, year-round to create a space that is purely one of a kind. To help you figure out if it is something you want to do, here are a few garden lighting ideas for any lawn and garden space.

Highlighting Matters

Let’s say you have a tree that you feel looks great or a shrubbery lined wall between you and your neighbor. Instead of having it become a dark, scary place in the middle of the night, you can use spot lights to highlight those areas. Simply install a light at the base of a tree or on the side of the bushes that is further away from the wall. You will create shadows, but still, make it stand out among all of the darkness around it.

Ropes and Strings

Rope lighting along your driveway or walkways is always a great idea. It shows visitors where to go and can help you get into the house in the middle of the night, but you are not confined by running this type of lighting in those areas. You can use rope lights or light strings to give you a subtle light from overhead or alongside your sitting area. This is ideal for family dinners in the back yard and fire pit areas. In the fire pit, you may also choose to use strings of white lights combined with logs to give you a “fire” when there is no fire inside of it. There are also people who hang a watering can or something else over a flowerbed and then use string lights to imitate water falling from it and onto the plants below.

Candles and Lanterns

Tiki torches and oil lanterns work well in the outdoors because they do not blow out easily, but candles are also a popular choice for garden lighting. Many people punch holes in tin cans or buy them already done so that they can put tiny candles inside of them. The light escapes through the pinholes and creates a dancing light effect that looks great. If you do not want a candle outside, you can purchase flickering imitation candles and achieve the same look. In all cases, garden lighting is easy, the hard part is choosing the lighting you want.