Continuing our journey into the world of garden décor, let’s talk about garden lighting. I’m not just talking about a porch light that shines on half of your begonia hedge. I’m talking about the ever expanding and constantly more colorful world of accent lighting. Just like the seating and random ornaments we chose for our garden, the unifying theme for lighting in the Wanderer Garden is randomness (Check out the garden seating post here).
Randomness in lighting, you say…how is that even possible? Start with some goals for your lights: what do you want them to do? For us, the answer is multi-pronged. We want lights to add dramatic effects to key plants, we want color and lots of it, and finally we want visibility so we don’t break our (sexy) necks.
The holiday season is the perfect time of year to get lights because the stores are packed with them. If you go to a home improvement store any other time and ask for a plugin spotlight, they’ll look at you like you’re kooky. I went last weekend and found three different types of lights at one store. Pick up these guys for cheap now and get around to installing them when it warms up a little.
For visibility, we rely on some super basic 150 watt fixtures placed around the perimeter of the yard and we like to mix them up with different colored spotlight bulbs.
Finally, for some added color and pizzazz, we run to Christmas lights and thrift store treasures. Anything you find that’s reasonably transparent and hollow can be stuffed with Christmas lights to make magical hanging lanterns. We used a Mason jar below: