Make Your Garden Glow With These 9 Lighting Ideas

By Laura Gaskill, Houzz

When you’ve put a lot of work into your garden, it’s a shame to let the beauty vanish as the sun goes down — especially since adding the right touch of lighting to your landscape can have a positively magical effect. The twinkle and glow of lights beckon us into the garden, making outdoor gatherings more festive and cozy. Here are nine ideas for enhancing and highlighting your favorite corners of the garden with light.

Black Bear Builders Inc, original photo on Houzz

1. Mix and match lanterns. A mature tree bedecked with glowing lanterns in an assortment of sizes and shapes creates a majestic focal point in this backyard. A hammock and swing strung from its branches give kids and adults alike good reason to get out there and enjoy the glow.

Tip: If you want to hang electric lights from a tree in your yard, you’ll need to hire an electrician to safely install them. Don’t want the hassle (or cost) of installing electric lighting? Solar-powered lanterns can be a good alternative.

backyard lights
The Fire Place Ltd, original photo on Houzz