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40 Ultimate Garden Lighting Ideas

All of us at Decoist love our gardens. It is just natural to provide a bit (or a lot) of unnatural lighting to enjoy our vegetative exploits at night with family and friends.

We have searched high and low and have found a wealth of ideas to help you showcase your garden when the sun goes down. Let us know about your favorites below in the comments.

Gardens To Die For

This garden by QAL Surroundings features low voltage lighting. Flower beds are highlighted to add nighttime ambiance. Notice the spotlights feature the trees larger plants from the ground. An illuminated pool adds to an enjoyable evening.

highlighted flower beds and pool

Feast your eyes upon this garden lounging area designed by Oak Leigh Manor. The lighting below the tall plants provides a relaxing background for a quiet conversation.

garden lounge with lighting below plants

minimalist garden lighting
A few strategically placed lights creates a fine minimalist atmosphere.

Light Positive (formerly Nancy Goldstein Design) exhibited some of their magic at the Boston Flower and Garden Show. This Blue Ribbon winner entry designed by Jameson Landscape and irrigation benefited from their lighting.

expert lighting for blue ribbon winner garden show entry

A gazebo in your garden needs to be star of the show.  Outdoor Lighting Perspective’s showcasing didn’t ignore the trees or other plants either. The same attention goes for a pergola’s surroundings.

well lit gazebo in garden

pergola and garden lighting

Speaking of gazebos, The Gardens at Great Oaks knows exactly how to light theirs for a nighttime garden wedding of other festive gathering.  They certainly bring in the Southern Charm.

bright garden gazebo shines at night

BS2H also has a great light treatment for a gazebo and the surrounding garden.  In the following picture the backlit palm trees on the left provide a dramatic contrast to the palms on the right.

comfortable garden gazebo lighting

unique palm trees backlit lighting

Clearwater Outdoor Lighting provides the accents for these palms. You can even get some ideas from the nature preserve they lit for visitors’ enjoyment. Notice the detail in accenting some red flowers among the bamboo.

 beautiful palm trees in garden at night

bamboo garden lighting with moon

VOLT manufactures custom architectural grade lighting.  They have some fantastic ideas on how to make gardens look their best in the evening.

wonderful pergola lighting with garden

garden lighting from ground illuminates fountain and tall evergreen trees

garden lighting at dusk with clouds

garden lighting with bench seating

Imagine this outdoor garden seating area. Pay attention to the lighting that highlights all the grasses and plants. Your Technology Advisor could not resist adding a waterproof large screen LCD TV in this garden!

modern lit garden lounge area with waterproof LED TV

Shining bright green light onto trees gives them a bright surrealistic, bigger-than-life presence. S.A. Grows has some creative garden additions, like an old wagon in addition to the brilliant green floodlights.

garden lighting with old wooden wagon

garden with green lighting on trees

good use of green lighting in a garden

A light tucked behind your flowers can yield some dramatic results. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington uses this trick very effectively as well as other lighting tricks.

lighting garden flowers from behind

garden lighting around edge of hot tub

Sometimes the sitting area needs the accent in lighting. Angela garden in Ascot uses the peripheral area of the light to touch the garden. Unique Gardens found this in the UK.

Angela Garden in Ascot uses peripheral lighting from seating area

The use of colored lights can provide the eye with some intense experiences.  Shankill Outdoor Lighting Garden Design uses an penetrating blue light in this garden.  Combined with bright white spots and a muted green, this design achieves an out-of-this-world experience.

use of blue lighting in garden setting

blue green and yellow lighting for dramatic effect in garden

garden area with blue yellow and green lighting

bright blue-white lighting hignlights garden steps

floodlight accentuates stone pattern in garden

blue-white garden step floodlights look like approaching headlights

The Wellington Botanical Night Street in Gardens Roads, New Zealand takes multi-colored lighting to new heights.  Just feast your vision on the creative use of different colored lighting to paint a stunning landscape.  Just think how you could use this technique!

colorful lighting at Wellington Botanical Night Street in Gardens Roads New Zealand

Piedmont Park in Atlanta put lights on their trees and bushes.  Yes, they used different colors to create a very interesting effect, and so could you!  Thirty4thirty called this to our attention.

multi-colored lighting in Piedmont Park in Atlanta

Complementary colors like red and green can be effectively used in the garden. So why not use garden lighting for the same effect? The Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens did this for a vivid view and was captured by Garden Walk Garden Talk.

red lighting in botanical gardens gives a dramatic contrast

White on the trees to show off the greenery and blue in the pool are a great color combination in this garden treatment. DIYFUSE presented this good-looking garden.

unique garden and pool lighting

Water Features

Water features are a nice edition to any garden. And they can yield spectacular results when properly lit at night.

St. Louis Homes brings us the view of lighting that colorfully adorns the trees as well as putting on a show for the wondrous water feature. Designed by the SOHO Shop, this playful lighting is automated to fit the customer’s unique tastes.

automated lighting on garden waterfall

Here are some beautiful lighting treatments for water features by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. The huge water feature lighting below is accentuated from the fog rising from the water.

garden water feature lighting with mist

And their fountain is a welcomed addition to a well-lit garden. Pay special attention to the bridge with the color coordinated flowers. Further inspection finds other bushes and trees that are bathed in just the right amount light to reveal their ultimate beauty.

water fountain and bridge with garden lighting

VOLT also has some ideas for water feature lighting for your garden.  Just be prepared to dream BIG!

fountain and palm lighting in large garden setting

water fountain with lit palms

Besides the front-lit water falling from the edge of the infinity pool, we see at least three other waterfalls in this garden scene. Two of those water features have lighting behind the waterfall! The shrubbery also gets the treatment in addition to the lighted pool in this picture from Landscape Archives.

lighting for waterfalls and pool in garden

Dennis’ 7 Dees, a landscaping and garden center, has a beautiful backyard water feature that is superbly illuminated. Two additional water features also provide some great lighting ideas.

dramatic lighting of water feature in garden

garden waterfall lighting with shrubs

water feature and garden seating area

Koi ponds as addition to the garden are all the rage.  This well-lit koi pond from Buds ‘n Blossoms would make any fish happy.  In fact, it would be pure pleasure to sit in your garden beside this illuminated koi pond just listening to the waterfall and watching the colorful koi cheerfully swim around.

beautiful lighting from underwater floods on waterfall

This garden water feature by BS2H is smartly highlighted as well as the other plants.  Their water fountain is a nice touch in the garden seating area by the pool.

water feature and garden lighting with pond

small fountain and tree lighting in garden sitting area

Garden Environments shows us a unique lighting treatment for a pond in the garden. It reminds us of a monochromatic photograph with a splash of green touchup coloring.

stark white lightingon plants and treed at a garden pond

This beautiful garden waterfall was the lights in the water that provide a beautiful shimmering effect on the water. Ashland Berry Farms designed this wonderful garden water feature.

Ashland Berry Farms multi-layer garden waterfall lighting

Fred Hoot
I write for decoist.

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