Adding a focal point to your garden

Every outdoor space needs a focal point, somewhere your eye will instinctively go and marvel. From planting flowers to setting a pathway through the space or even building a vine archway, here are some ideas to help you make the most of your yard and bring your outdoor design to life.

Flora Residence

Whether it’s a classic white picket fence or a more modern style, a fence not only adds privacy but can also be a distinctive feature. To add flair to the structure, plant large flowers such as hydrangeas that will grow up and around the fence.

Inverness Gardens

Colorful annuals, flowerpots or boxwood hedges around garden beds will add interesting layers to your garden. Don’t be afraid to let your favorite flowers overflow, especially if they complement the colors of your home.

Walled Sacramento escape

Add a wooden bench for enjoying afternoons in your garden, and play with the lighting for an irresistible draw for the eye.

Vegetable Gardens

If you are a traditionalist at heart, an archway covered in vines or climbing roses is the perfect fit for a romantic garden entrance.

Traditional Landscape

A limestone path lined with wild daisies to soften the edges will give your garden playful definition. Try monochromatic plants and concrete pavers for a minimalist look.

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Tips on choosing the correct bulb power

Thanks to the wide variety of green outdoor lighting products, garden lighting can be affordable and practical. All low voltage lighting products consume less energy, so choosing the correct wattage has more to do with the results you are expecting to create on your garden than with the energy consumption of the bulb.

For example, on path area lighting, you may want to choose your bulbs according to the area you want to cover. The bigger the circumference, the brighter it should be. The illustration below provides an example of the diameter and bulb power.

Flower illustration by Freepik


When creating a focal point in your garden try to envision how far the object you want to shed light on will be from the viewer. An object located far away from the main view point will require a brighter light than one that is closer. The illustration below is an example of a directional light spotting a tree and the appropriate wattage for the different view points.

Man and tree illustration by Freepik

Try around different options to see what works best for your garden. If you need some ideas on how to simulate different lighting effects take a look at this video How to Check the Layout of Landscape Lighting in Your Yard by Tricia Craven Worley on Today’s Home Owner.