20 Garden Lighting Ideas to Add Interest to Your Landscape
Ambience, novelty, and safety are only some of the reasons to install outdoor lighting in and around your garden. Check out these garden lighting ideas for inspiration on how to transform this area of your yard.
The plants, flowers, and produce in your garden beds and boxes look glorious in daylight, but once the sun sets, they’re left unappreciated in the dark. Introducing some of our favorite garden lighting ideas will bring atmosphere to your garden space, whether it’s big or small.
Illumination highlights your garden’s finest qualities, creates a well-lit pathway to your garden, and can even serve to startle any creatures looking to nibble on your plants. From whimsical to practical, these backyard garden lighting ideas can give you inspiration to enjoy your outdoor space long after twilight.
1. Philips Hue Calla Outdoor Bollard
For those who enjoy the convenience of technology, Philips offers a customizable smart outdoor lighting system that levels up your garden aesthetic after dark. When it comes to modern garden lighting ideas, this is one that can be controlled through your mobile device—even when you’re not home—and is voice-activated through Alexa. Personalize and highlight areas of your garden with 16 million colors and change them as often as you like through the app.
2. Brightown Patio String Lights
Give your garden some elegant bistro lighting to add charm to your outdoor space. Imagine sitting garden-side for dinner after dark with these dimmable, all-water-resistant Edison bulbs overhead. Whether you hang them from a tree, pole, or fence, the built-in hooks make installing outdoor string lights a breeze.
3. Letmy Solar-Powered LED Lantern Set
These retro-style garden lanterns are a work of art during the day and after nightfall. Made with waterproof, rust-resistant metal, they cast beautiful patterns in the nearby area as the lights come on. The well-incorporated solar panel soaks up energy from the sun to power the lanterns for up to 10 hours, creating a garden-party ambience every night of the week. Set them on the ground within your garden beds, hang them from the built-in rope, or suspend them from stakes (not included) to light a garden pathway.
4. Gigalumi 8-Pack of Solar Pathway Lights
Add warm white light to your beds, boxes, pathways, or the lawn around your garden. These energy-efficient metal lights have textured glass that displays a flower pattern on the soil or grass below for up to 12 hours after the sun sets. Highly rated by buyers, these solar lights have a timeless aesthetic that goes well with anything you plant in your garden—and they couldn’t be easier to install!
5. Solar Illuminated Planter Square
Instead of using traditional garden lighting such as lanterns and pathway lights, why not plant your container garden inside the light source? In daylight, it looks like a modern white planter, complete with a drainage hole. However, it comes with a small solar panel on a stake; come nightfall, it glows for 6 to 8 hours using 18 built-in LED lights. Use the switch on the solar panel to set the planter to one color, or use color-changing mode for a little bit of magic.
6. Solar Northern Lights Sphere
Made with 3-inch spheres of crackled glass, these lights add a touch of sweet elegance to your garden. The solar-powered lights rotate slowly through seven colors, commanding attention without stealing the show from the garden’s surrounding flora. Keep the solar panel clean, and these orbs will turn on automatically and glow for up to 10 hours on a full charge.
7. IkeeRuic Solar Outdoor Torch Light
Forget dangerous tiki torches; add the illusion of dancing flames to your garden with these 3-inch torches on a 10.6-inch stake. It’s a small after-dark spectacle that casts a flickering glow on any surrounding plants for 6 to 8 hours. Wire-free and solar-powered, these torches can stay in your garden when your plants are at their growth peak or when the beds are empty in the winter (keep in mind that a lack of sunlight affects how long they glow after dark).
8. Awendietou Solar Garden Watering Can Lights
Some gardeners say the best time of day to water your beds is in the evening, in which case these lights are especially applicable. These watering-can-shaped garden lights, which come in a pack of two, add some flair in and around your beds. A 32-inch shepherd’s hook suspends the light, which glows from within the watering can and also from the copper-wire fairy lights. You can bend the wire lights to look as if they’re watering your plants, making these a charming addition to the garden.
9. Jobosi Sun Solar Wind Chimes
Both a patio and a backyard garden can benefit from this garden lighting idea. Consider it a two-in-one for adding ambience near your plants: it’s part light, with a solar-powered crackle- glass orb, and part wind chimes. Made of high-quality metal designed to withstand the elements, this small addition to a garden is sure to gain attention.
10. Beau Jardin 8-Pack of Color-Changing Solar Lights
By day, these may look like standard solar pathway lights, but the evening is when they show off. Textured-glass garden lights create beautiful patterns surrounding the lamp, and the LED colors make them truly special. Instead of creating designs of white light, these color-changing stainless steel lights flood the surrounding area in a rotation of seven brilliant colors.
11. CCJK Outdoor Solar Garden Rose Stake Lights
What’s more appropriate in a garden than lights shaped like yellow and pink roses? Made of strong silk-like material, these faux flowers resemble the real thing but glow at night with three lighting modes. An order contains three sets of solar flowers connected to a joint solar panel large enough to keep the flowers lit for 6 to 8 hours. Bunch them together or spread them out in your garden to create the look you like best.
12. Gigalumi Solar-Powered Integrated LED Outdoor Lanterns
Modern garden lighting ideas don’t suit homes with rustic or country decor. For a farmhouse aesthetic, consider these portable lanterns, which resemble mason jars filled with fireflies, though they contain solar-powered fairy lights that charge via the panel on the lid. Scatter these throughout your garden bed or patio, carry them with you to navigate garden paths, or hang them from backyard trees to make your garden feel like it’s out of a storybook.
13. Urpower Solar Motion Sensor Lights
Security lights aren’t often what one thinks about in the garden. However, depending on where you live, you may have reached your frustration capacity with wildlife helping themselves to your garden. These all-weather-tested LED motion sensor lights are solar-powered so that you can hang them virtually anywhere. The next time a critter tries to eat your crops under the cover of darkness, they’re bound to be startled by brightness.
14. Roshwey Solar Lanterns
Looking for more solar lighting ideas? Stylish whether hanging from a tree branch, placed on an outdoor table, or nestled into the soil, these decorative solar lanterns can turn your garden into a real showpiece. Though they look fragile, these crackle-glass orbs are designed to withstand all types of weather, so you can leave them outside without worry.
15. Enbrighten Color-Changing Cafe Lights
Gardens are full of natural beauty, so why not add an unexpected light element as juxtaposition? Enbrighten’s weatherproof remote-controlled color-changing string lights can enhance the mood from a swanky garden gala to a festive backyard party at the touch of a button. You will need access to a power source, but the bright and fun displays over your container gardens are worth the extension cord!
16. Tonulax Solar Garden Lights
Add these solar lights in and around the foliage to make your plants pop. Unlike other garden lighting ideas, these lights have a specially designed iron wire made for movement and will sway in the wind alongside the leaves in the garden. These lights are all-weather ready, so whether it’s hot or wet, they will automatically glow and dance around in the breeze.
17. Greluna Solar Wall Lights
Lining a fence or attached to garden posts, these wall lights offer garden walkways a bit more visibility—which is handy if you’re determined to take a garden project to the finish line after dark. These are also useful for navigating garden patios that have stairs. Though they look elegant and offer white lighting, there’s a party side to these wall lights; switch to color-change mode to bring festivity to the garden.
18. Grand Patio Outdoor Solar-Powered Floor Lamp
Only some gardens are in a backyard. Those who have a patio, deck garden, or even a dim garden path may need some oomph to make it more inviting after dark. This fashionable alloy steel and hand-woven resin wicker floor lamp provides excellent outdoor lighting with a modern aesthetic. Enjoy the atmosphere well into the night, as the solar charge keeps it aglow for up to 8 hours.
19. Amir Solar String Lights
These solar string lights give the area around your beds and planters a fairy-garden glow. Made of high-quality, waterproof, flexible copper wire, these microlights can be wrapped and shaped into unlimited configurations. As long as the solar panel absorbs enough sunshine, these whimsical, warm white lights can keep your garden lit for up to 12 hours.
20. Sunriver Low-Voltage LED Landscape Well Lights
When you light plants or garden features from below, it creates a very dramatic effect. Whether you have prized flowers you want to show off, a stone wall with creeping vines, or a garden pathway that needs more visibility, these well lights give a flattering warm light output. The low-voltage power requires some more involved setup, including building a trench and installing a transformer, but the result is reliable and stunning.
FAQ About Garden Lighting
Q. Is LED better for outdoor lighting?
LED bulbs are more cost-effective, eco-friendly, and longer lasting—so they won’t have to be changed as often.
Q. Do outdoor lights need a cover?
Outdoor light fixtures need to be rated for wet conditions to be considered safe, and they should be paired with a weather-resistant outlet (if it’s powered by electricity).
Q. Is warm white or cool white better for outdoor lights?
The type you choose depends on the atmosphere you want to create. Warm lights come off as friendlier and more inviting; however, cooler lights imitate moonlight and are great at capturing the details of gardens or trees.
Q. What is the best LED wattage for outdoor lighting?
You don’t want your outdoor space to be too bright, so 40 watts or lower should be sufficient to light up your outdoor space.
The prices listed here are accurate as of publication on 7/31/23.