Garden Lighting – Fun Ways to Light Up Your Outdoor Space

Lighting up your garden is a really fun way to make it usable long after the sun has set. It also gives you a chance to be creative, and there are so many different styles and lighting products to choose from, you are likely to find something that really compliments the aesthetics of your garden. We have selected a few ideas and products that you may want to consider for your outdoor space.

Spotlights

Sandstone path with uplight lighting on Laurel hedge - © GAP Photos

Sandstone path with uplight lighting on Laurel hedge – © GAP Photos

Spotlights built into paving slabs look simple and modern, and really showcase the surrounding planting as dusk gives way to darkness. Used around the edge of a patio or pathway, they subtlety light the way without taking up any room. While potentially more expensive than other gardening lighting options, they should be seen as an investment. As many are solar-powered, they will light up on their own, meaning the hard work is already done for you and all you need to do is relax and enjoy your evening.

Home-made candle lanterns

Home made garden lanterns - © GAP Photos/Victoria Firmston

Home made garden lanterns – © GAP Photos/Victoria Firmston

Candle Lanterns are very straight forward to make, all you need is a glass jar and a candle to safely light up your garden table. Candles are very atmospheric and look fantastic in the garden to create a relaxed vibe. You can get creative and decorate the glass jars with patterns and styles to fit in with your style.

Firepits

Secluded seating area with a dry stone slate wall and propane fire pit emitting purple light - © GAP Photos

Secluded seating area with a dry stone slate wall and propane fire pit emitting purple light – © GAP Photos

Another contemporary feature that fits well with a modern, minimalist garden. These fire pits are built into the table and make a fantastic conversation starter, and a natural area for people to gather together and socialise around. Of course, not all firepits have to be this modern – a more rustic variation can be made quite easily in a different part of the garden. However, this particular table and built-in firepit looks particularly stylish with the modern outdoor seating around it, as well as looking very useable.

Hanging glass lanterns

Glass lanterns hanging in an apple tree at night with rustic table beneath - © GAP Photos/Maxine Adcock

Glass lanterns hanging in an apple tree at night with rustic table beneath – © GAP Photos/Maxine Adcock

Colourful lanterns look fantastic hung in trees, as shown here, or draped along fences. You can have fun with different colour themes for different times of the year, for example, this warm colour combination of red, orange yellow and green works in autumn and into Christmas to bring a bit of festivity to your garden. If you cannot supply power in your garden, you can always look up solar-powered options.

A good old mixture

Small town garden with paving slabs in grass beneath arch with lighting -  Wolverhampton, Staffs - © GAP Photos/Jerry Harpur

Small town garden with paving slabs in grass beneath arch with lighting – Wolverhampton, Staffs – © GAP Photos/Jerry Harpur

The use of lighting in this narrow garden creates a very magical and immersive feeling, as the candles glow among the planting. Staggering the candles at different heights in the foliage heavy borders gives a relaxed vibe. The additional torches by the arch and attached to the fencing give a little more splendour, but still keeps the style uniform.