Tips and Tricks For Lighting Your Garden

Okay Mr or Mrs Greenthumb, you have spent countless hours toiling in your garden and have been rewarded with a beautiful bounty of shrubs, trees, and flowers.  Everything looks great and you and your friends are outside taking in the whole scene and talking about how wonderful it all is.  Then, the sun goes down.  Looks like it is time to pack up and head in the…not so fast.  If you follow these tips and tricks for lighting your garden, all you need to do is flick on the lights.

Setting the Mood

I remember when I was a kid, the neighbor next door had a nicely landscaped yard and garden.  He had floodlights at the four corners of the back of the house and as soon as you walked out there, that yard lit up like a prisoner was trying to escape from Alcatraz.  Those days are gone my friend.  The plethora of choices that exist today mean you can be a bit more subtle with your lighting choices and still get the job done.  And so you must choose.  Do you want to illuminate a few of your favorite features, or the whole garden.  Will you be entertaining in this area, or simply enjoying the view?  You will definitely want a lit path into the garden so that you can see where you are going, but beyond that, the choices are endless.  Once your choice is made, you can decide how to light your garden.

Lighting the Scene

Many ways exist to light your garden features, and all of them have their pros and cons.  Uplighting is a popular choice which allows the tops of your trees, shrubs, etc. to be featured.  For the more artistic, downlighting will create a shadowy effect from behind the object.  If you really want one feature to stand out, you can light it up with a spotlight fixed on that particular object.  You can experiment with different combinations and effects until you get the look you desire.  Overall, you want a gentle even glow that makes your guests feel at ease and enhances the beauty of your garden area.

A Few More Tips and Tricks

  • Draw up a plan.  Make a diagram of your garden area and decide where you want lights and what effect you are going for in each area
  • Try them out first.  Put the lights where you would like them to be, turn them on, and see how they look!  Then you can move them around if you need to change something before they are permanently installed
  • No one likes harsh, glaring, intrusive lighting.  Make sure you don’t overlap the lighting from different fixtures, or cast light off a hard surface that will cause a glare

So as you see, lighting your garden is more of an art than a science.  Don’t let all of the time and attention you have put into your garden be lost when the sun goes down.  You will find everything you need for a well-lit garden area right here on our site.  Then you and your friends can enjoy your space from sun-up to sun…up!