Garden lighting not only enhances the beauty of your garden, but also provide practical benefits. We discuss the importance of garden lighting in designing an outdoor space.

Seating area with garden lighting, firepit under pergola, cream and steel grey porcelain paving, steps up to lawn.
Gardens of the Future show how many different ways garden lighting can be introduced into a design.

Enhances the beauty of your garden

Garden lighting can enhance the beauty of your garden by highlighting its unique features. For instance, you can use lighting to accentuate the texture and colour of your plants, trees, and shrubs. You can also use lighting to highlight a particular garden feature, such as a fountain, statue, or a favourite garden bench.

Creates ambiance

Garden lighting can create a warm and inviting atmosphere where you can relax and entertain guests.  By strategically placing lighting fixtures, you can create a dramatic effect that adds depth and dimension to your garden and makes it more enjoyable during the evening hours.

Twilight garden scene with lawn and rich planting. Patio with 2 steps underlit with light strips. Design by Jen Berry.
Designer Jen Berry has inserted underlighting to steps and retaining walls, creating structure in the dark.

Provides safety and security

Garden lighting can provide safety and security by illuminating paths, steps, and other potential hazards. By doing so, you reduce the risk of accidents and injuries that may occur in poorly lit areas. Moreover, lighting can act as a deterrent to intruders, making your property less attractive to potential burglars.

Adds functionality to your outdoor space

Garden lighting can add functionality to your outdoor space by extending its use into the evening hours. With proper lighting, you can create a cosy and comfortable environment that allows you to spend more time in your garden.

Black slate stone cladding panels lit with up and down lighters, next to raised beds and steps. Design by Tom Howard.
This design by Tom Howard well illustrates the dramatic effects possible with carefully placed uplighters against black slate stone cladding panels and multi-stem shrubs.

For instance, you can use lighting to create a dining area where you can entertain guests or have a romantic dinner with your partner. You can also use lighting to create a reading nook where you can relax with a book after a long day at work.

Increases property value

Garden lighting can increase the value of your property by making it more attractive to potential buyers. A well-lit garden makes your property stand out from the rest. Moreover, it can make your property more desirable, which may lead to higher offers.

Designing garden lighting

Here’s when you should consider the style and architecture of your home. A contemporary home may benefit from modern lighting fixtures, while a traditional home may benefit from more classic fixtures.

You may want to consider using solar-powered lighting. These use renewable energy, making them more eco-friendly.

Numerous benefits underline the importance of garden lighting. If you’re considering installing it in your outdoor space, why not consult a local landscaper or garden designer?