HOW TO LANDSCAPE A GARDEN WITH SOLAR LIGHTING - Lighting a garden can look truly spectacular but think of what it will do to your electricity bill and is it really eco-friendly to use so much power? There is a solution… Solar Lighting. These types of lights charge themselves during the day and can then be used at night – free lighting and no harm to the environment – excellent! This guide shows you how to landscape a garden with solar lighting.
Here’s a handy video above which talks about both Solar Powered and Mains Wired Garden Lighting which will certainly help you make a decision of which is best for your needs. On that note this guide is specifically for landscaping a garden with solar lighting.
There are many different types of solar lights for the garden available. Solar technology has come a long way and solar garden lights are available in a range of shapes and sizes. Take a look around your local DIY store or Garden Centre and see what type would best suit your needs.
Paths – Running a series of lights along a garden path is both practical and visually pleasing. This will allow you and your family to clearly see the pathways at night so you won’t find it difficult to walk the path.
Plant Beds – Place a couple of solar lights among your flowers and shrubs to create a really nice effect. Careful light landscaping enhances colours and create shadows that make the whole area look mysterious and interesting.
Trees – Use solar lights and direct a beam of light upwards through the branches of a tree. This effect can look truly spectacular especially if you have very large trees.
Ponds and water Features – Light your garden pond, Fountain or Garden Stream with light to produce a really unique atmosphere. Take a look at any garden pond at night that has lighting, especially those with center fountains or waterfalls. The effect is truly stunning as light cascades through the water droplets.
Because solar lighting needs no wiring they are easy to install and can be placed practically anywhere. Garden solar lighting units can be attached to walls or simply pushed in the ground. One of the most convenient aspects is that solar lights need little or no planning, you simply place them wherever you like and if you decide it’s not quite right, you simply remove them and place them elsewhere, whenever you like. See if you can get a book on gardening lighting – even your DIY store or Garden Centre may have free brochures with examples to help you create a truly beautiful night-time garden of lights.
As noted above, solar lighting is completely free, apart from having to buy the lights themselves, and the most eco-friendly way to create a garden that can be used by day and night. As a final thought, consider Step 6 above. If you decided to throw a garden party at night but only want to use a certain area of your garden, then lighting these areas is so easy with solar lights, you simply move them to wherever you want to create the effect you want.
Finally the video below is designed to inspire you with the many ways in which you can landscape a garden with lighting.