The options for lighting your garden at night are practically endless and so much more affordable than hiring an electrician to install lighting. Plus, what is more environmentally friendly than decorating with solar lights? Keep reading for 18 ways to add enchantment to your garden with solar lighting.
Over a patio. Stringing solar lights over your patio provides a cozier feel, almost as though you are being protected by a roof. To simplify this project, attach lights to the house, but also to 10′ copper pipes stuck in the ground. Copper pipe is decorative and can be stabilized by fitting it over some rebar pounded into the ground. Or, another possibility is putting the pipe in a tall planter that has a 5-gallon pot with gravel in it. Soil and plants can then be placed above the bucket. An S-hook is inserted at the top of the pipe to hang the solar light. Here I used these solar ball lights which have even held up over two winters. If they do every need to be replaced, I want to try these celestial lights over the patio next time.
Draped over a fence. Draping solar lights over a fence is a fast and easy way to provide ambiance. In addition to these regular solar ball lights or these drop-shaped lights which work year round, there are also many options for holiday lights such as these heart lights for Valentine’s day, these solar pumpkin lights for Halloween, or even some patriotic flag lights for the 4th of July.
Add a lantern. A solar lantern can be added to a tabletop or hung from a higher point, such as an arbor or plant hanger. This firefly lantern might remind you of summer evenings spent catching fireflies.
Fairy Garden. Nothing makes a garden magical like adding solar lights to your fairy garden.
“Water” your plants with solar lights. One of my favorite changes to my garden last year was the addition of this solar watering can which is “watering” my heliotrope plant.
Highlight an urn or fountain. To highlight a focal point in your garden, consider a spotlight, either a warm white or these colorful solar lights which change colors, adding interest.
Container stake. Add some whimsy to your favorite containers by adding a decorative solar stake. This moon and stars pack could be used in a trio of containers.
Over an arbor. Draping lights over an arbor an easy way to add ambiance and highlight the structure of your garden. My favorite lights for this purpose are these <a href="http://<a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HGYX8Y6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07HGYX8Y6&linkCode=as2&tag=kendamorris0a-20&linkId=321626b8363126ed5daaa159c98b50a4">Brightown Outdoor Solar String Lights, 2 Pack 33Feet 100 Led Solar Powered Fairy Lights with 8 Modes Waterproof Decoration Copper Wire Lights for Patio Yard Trees Christmas Wedding Party (Warm White)wire fairy lights.
Lining a bed. To highlight your garden plantings at night, consider solar lights edging your garden beds. These tulip lights can be directed downwards highlighting your favorite plants. Here is a similar style in my garden.
Lining a pathway. These stake lights will illuminate your path when you walk through the garden at night or perhaps coming home after a late night. These celestial lights will even reflect moons and stars.
Focal point. If you are looking to add a major wow factor in your garden, consider making solar lights the focal point. Some examples include this willow tree, this moon, a peacock, or allow this whimsical fish to swim through your flowers.
Tabletop lighting. Add a centerpiece or group a solar light with other decorations at night. This lotus lamp is especially lovely.
Interspersed with your flowers. Since regular plants cannot be seen at night, “plant” some solar flowers like sunflowers or tulips. Similarly, add decorations such as these firework stakes.
Floating. If you have a pool or small pond, there is a wide array of light choices. Perhaps these floating lanterns or balls would be the perfect touch to enjoy your water feature at night.
As post caps. If you are looking to light up your entire garden, consider adding post caps to your fence posts. They come in tremendous range of prices and styles.
Inside a shed or greenhouse. Do you have an outdoor structure that doesn’t have electricity? A solar panel outside the structure can easily be connected indoors to light your tasks at night. Just use this solar shed light.
Doorway. If you have an exterior door without lighting, a simple hanging solar light will help you find your keys or the doorknob after dark.
Security. If you wish to make your home safer, consider adding solar security lights.
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