a string of bulb lights hanging in front of garden greenery; 5 Tips for Lighting Up Your Garden

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One of the areas of gardening that is often neglected is lighting. Most of us enjoy spending lots of time in our gardens, and that often extends into those long, warm evenings that we are sometimes lucky enough to experience. That means we need good lighting to make us feel safe and comfortable.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best tips for maintaining a light, bright garden even when the evenings come around:

Keep trees and hedges trimmed

Okay, so this is not about lighting per se, but before we talk about various lighting options, it is worth mentioning that tree lopping and hedge trimming are both great at ensuring natural illumination from the stars and moon above, and the nearby streetlights. In the daytime, it also makes sure the maximum amount of light can get into your garden, and it just looks neater too. So, just keep things nicely trimmed.

Ground-level lights

Ground level lights such as lanterns and orbs are great for lining pathways to ensure you can find your way safely up them in the dark, while also giving off enough ambient light that you can enjoy sitting outside when it gets darker too.

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Fairy lights

Solar-powered fairy lights are ideal for those of you who want your garden to look magically lit up. You can wind them around fences, hang them from gazebos, or decorate tree branches with them, and they will sparkle brighter than you might imagine, giving a soft, romantic feel to the garden space.

Fire pits

Okay, so fire pits are not technically a source of lighting, but fires give off plenty of light in the garden in the evenings, and they have the added bonus of keeping you warm too. If you’re looking to make your garden feel a little cozier, and you want it to be as inviting as possible for you, your family and your guests, fitting a fire pit in the seating areas is an easy way to achieve that and ensure you have enough light to enjoy yourself out there, too.

Hurricane lamps

Hurricane lamps are basically big glass lamps that you can place candles inside and they will stay lit even if there is a breeze. If you’re looking to create an area of soft lighting that is romantic, but still bright enough that you can read a good book or enjoy a nice meal and see what you are doing, they are ideal for tables, patios and lining pathways, and they sparkle in such a pretty way that they will definitely beautify the garden too.

Water features

These days, many water features come with their own light sources, so you can kill two birds with one stone by installing an illuminated fountain that will not only give you more light but which will also create a soothing babbling brook sounds to help you relax.

As you can see, there are lots of things you can do to illuminate your garden in a way that is effective and attractive. Which option will you choose?

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I'm Stacey, in my (very) early 30's, from a small village in North Lincolnshire. I'm a stay at home mum to two boys and a mental dog. You'll find me blogging mainly about food & lifestyle with a bit of random thrown in.

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