Landscaping – Lighting the Garden

It may be a little early in the season to think about a garden.  However, if you are considering lighting your garden, this may be the best time of year to put your plan into action.

Depending on what type of lighting design you desire, you will most likely have to do some digging. For this reason, installing your lighting before the growing season begins may be a good planning choice. When planning your outdoor lighting, start with a diagram of lighting placement, the plants you want in your garden, and perhaps think about a splash of color lighting as well.

Then ask yourself a few questions:

  • Will the lighting act as a “spotlight” on the garden?
  • Would you rather have a softer illumination?
  • How much lighting do you want to use?
  • Placement of the lights?
  • What type of lighting?
  • What is your budget?
  • Will your budget allow for hiring a professional?

If you have already tackled outdoor lighting, and you are experienced with transformers and voltage, go ahead and start the project. But, if you are not experienced or properly equipped to complete a full outdoor lighting project, hire a professional to install your lighting.

You can purchase your lighting, fixtures, spotlights, etc. to save some costs, but hire a professional to perform the actual installation, especially if you need to dig and lay wiring.

A professional landscaper can take your diagram, work with your ideas, decipher your questions, and complete your garden lighting project before next spring—and do it safely.

Solar Lighting

If you choose a more modest do-it-yourself project, use solar lights, for they are a safer and quicker option.

Solar-powered lighting has become a popular garden lighting option.  Solar lamps are portable and easy to maneuver. This will allow you to try different layouts and move the lamps around until you find a design you like. Garden solar lighting serves several purposes besides its easy maneuverability. First, they are energy efficient, and second, they emit a softer light and are not overpowering. Solar lights are also a low-cost option because they are so energy efficient. If you are concerned about high costs, price solar lights to determine if they meet your budget. Solar lighting is also ideal in warmer climates where the sun shines most of the year.

If you have any questions about which lights would be best for your garden, speak to a professional or visit your local hardware/nursery store. Many of the associates are knowledgeable about landscaping lighting options and may offer advice you have not heard before.

Regardless of the lights you choose, take time to select a design that works for your lifestyle and your décor. Treat your outside as you would your inside and you will have a garden you can cherish for years to come.