Angilia Gauthier Gardens May 11th 2020, 19:39:27
Most of us have some form of functional outdoor lighting in our yard, or at the front door. This not only helps people stay safe when walking to or from the door in the dark, but it’s also a nice general safety feature too.
Now, some of us have also discovered the joy of landscape lighting. Using strategically placed lights around our yard, we can outline the curves and shapes of the grass area, or light up a winding walkway path we may have installed. But many gardeners don’t seem to realize that they can also use landscape lighting for beautifying their gardens at night as well.
Landscape lighting can be used for more than just lighting up your yard at night. It’s wonderful to use for specific types of plants and flowers which only bloom at night, and it enhances the colors and textures of plantings that have unusual colors and shapes naturally.
Placing recessed spotlights under your trees or bushes for instance, will help your yard to put on a beautiful show at night time as well as during the day. When the lights come on at dusk, they’ll spotlight the trees and bushes in a way you may never have seen before. Since the lights are coming from underneath of your plantings, you’ll notice differences in texture, color, and appearance that you may not have known even existed.
If you have a garden pond or even a water container garden, you’ll be delighted at how this looks when lit up at night time too. Landscape lighting can be installed around the pond to bring out the natural nighttime beauty of your swamp plantings, or they can be installed at the bottom of the pond or container itself to make the water flow throughout the night. This is particularly beautiful when you have a water fountain installed, or you have fish and other wildlife in your pond too.
Even if you don’t yet have a formal garden path made of stone, bricks, pavers, or other path materials, you probably do have a well-worn walkway that’s used for strolling around your yard and garden regularly. And this can be turned into a beautiful night time path with the simple installation of landscape lighting too. You could simply outline the walkway with small pathway lights, or you could put lights in specific places to highlight special plants and garden beds along the way.
By installing solar-powered lighting, you can make this process easier on yourself too, because you won’t have to turn the lights on and off each day. You’ll also save money on the electric bill while still being able to take advantage of the night time beauty in your garden. You can of course install an elaborate lighting system that works on timers if you’d prefer, but using lights that automatically turn themselves on and off based on the amount of available natural light is usually the easiest option.
There are many different types of lights you can use for lighting up your landscape too, so the first step in creating a beautiful nighttime garden is to research the types of lights available. Decide what kind of effect you’d like the lights to create, and in which parts of the garden you want those effects to be displayed. Then plan the logistics such as placement, power requirements and hookups, and any related issues that may come into play. Once you’ve done these steps, then you simply need to buy your lights, install them, then sit outside in your garden at night to bask in the newfound beauty!