You go to great lengths to create a beautiful garden. You spend money on lovely plants, plan your plantings carefully, and work hard to make your vision come to life. Then, you have a party on your deck to show off your beautiful garden and it gets dark and nobody can see it. There are solutions to this problem, though. In fact, there are so may solutions for night time lighting in the garden that you’ll have a hard time choosing which to use. You may just have to try them all!
You can kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, with lighted planters. Some people resort to glow in the dark paint on the outside of their planters, but that wears off quickly and doesn’t give a very even light.
However, lighted planters can solve the problem easily. While not the answer for large areas, lighted planters will illuminate the immediate area. This makes them invaluable as attractive accents on your deck or patio. An illuminated planter on each end of the step up to your deck will increase the safety of your guests while adding ambience to the area.
In addition, they can create lovely depth in the garden at night time. By placing illuminated planters in different areas of the garden, you can bring light to paths, create a play between light and shadow, and make your guests feel like they are in a larger area than just the deck.
Up lights are crucial for creating drama in the garden. By placing an up light at the base of a shrub or vine with a lot of branches you can draw attention to the intricate tangle, adding visual interest to the dark garden.
An up light placed about ½ way up in a large specimen tree will draw attention to the foliage and branching patterns. This can add a sense of wonder to your surroundings. This type of lighting also adds to the amount of perceived light in the garden, reducing the overall gloom that the dark of night can bring.
Rope lighting is good for long areas where you want to make sure your guests know their footing, or where food is being served. Stretching rope lighting under the lip of each step will help to create a depth of field so that people will know how far down steps are. Run beside walkways, they can create a river of light that is decorative as well as safe.
Placed along the edge of a counter, they will illuminate the surface so that people can find their drinks and plates. Overhead, they can be attached to structures to provide area lighting without adding to clutter.
Gardens are usually known for their colors, floral displays, and design. Unfortunately, these are not visible at night. You can get the most out of your garden, however if you add various forms of lighting to capture the textures and shapes.