Harness the power of the sun to charge up and power garden lights. The beauty of these is that they don’t need hard wiring, so you can move them around to suit your needs. The batteries are rechargeable and can be charged by the sun to release their light during the evening and night. Great for summer parties, path markers and to light the way safely at night. There’s a huge range available online and at your local garden centre. You can buy simple stick lights for a few pounds or invest in state of the art technology depending on your budget and your needs.
For instant impromptu garden lights place a tea light into a jam jar. The glass jar creates wind protection and stops the flame blowing out and the tea light will burn for a few hours creating a lovely ambient light for walls, along paths or wrap some wire around the neck of the jar and hang them in trees (make sure they can’t set light to anything). You can even make the jam jars into really pretty
using old magazines.
For a more elegant effect use outdoor lanterns. These can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Lanterns, such as these from
make beautiful garden lights and are a great gift for a garden lover too. Hang them from special hanging stakes, carefully from tree branches, or place them as a table centrepiece for beautiful ambient lighting.
Dress a tree or shrub with pretty fairy lights. If you only have a balcony or terrace then hang the lights around a window or door to create a pretty twinkly effect. You can even leave them up for winter use; they are ideal for Christmas too. These days you can buy very affordable battery or solar powered fairy lights for indoor or outdoor use; check the product details to be sure. These LED String Lights from
can be hung around a garden gate, over an arch or in a tree.
For a really simple and effective light source for the garden, choose a large bowl, fill it with water and float a few flower heads on the top. Add a couple of floating candles and light them. The combination of flowers and light is beautiful and can be used as a table centrepiece indoors or out.
IMPORTANT – Never leave burning candles unattended or within the reach of children and pets. Keep naked flames away from all flammable materials.