How Do You Make Your Garden Glow?

3 lighting ideas to make your outdoor space beautiful 24/7

Photo by California Waterscapes (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons]


Outdoor lighting can seem like an overwhelming prospect — too expensive, too complicated, too time-consuming. But while it is true that you can spend thousands of dollars and hours lighting up your landscape, it is also true that a little lighting can go a long way — without costing an arm and a leg.

1. Use The Power of the Sun

The sun can light up your landscape even at night. Solar powered lights have come a long way from the black posts that flicker unsteadily in the dark. From hanging lights to accent lights to pathway lights to tiki lights, solar lights are available in a variety of styles, forms and strengths. If you search for “solar garden lights” on, you get more than 4,000 results.

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Britta Hanging Solar Garden Light – Cornet Shaped Solar Lights (at

2. Double the Light — Make the Most of Your Garden’s Water Features

Illuminating water features is a beautiful way to light up your garden at night — think of all the famous fountains in the world you’ve seen brilliantly lit at night. Whether you light from below, the side or floating on top, adding lights to a water feature is a sure-fire way to bring your garden to life at night.


Bellagio Hotel Fountain in Las Vegas at night


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Chill Lite Bubble Floating Light Show – 3 Pack With Remote (at

3. Watch Your Step with Motion Sensor Lights

Motion sensor lights have also come a long way from the big, metal spotlights mounted above doors and on the corners of your home. LED motion sensor lights can be placed on steps, down paths, on patios and decks — adding light where you need it when you need it.

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Mr. Beams Battery Powered Motion Sensing LED Remote Path Light (at