Enjoy the Outdoors From Dusk 'til Dawn with Gorgeous Garden Lighting Design

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Shrubs in large terracotta pots

As the autumnal nights start to draw in, and the opportunity to spend time in the garden during daylight hours becomes more of a challenge, now is a good time to start thinking about ways of illuminating your outdoor spaces—to make the most of those short autumn evenings and ensure your alfresco experiences are not plunged into premature darkness.

General-use base lighting and fairy lights are a simple, perfectly workable option, but to withstand the ever-unpredictable weather conditions that come with the change of season, you may require something a little more durable and sturdy. 

Let’s take a look at some of the design options available to create a beautiful, stylishly-lit space.

Choose your location

Positioning your outdoor lights near large handmade terracotta pots and planters, trees and shrubs can create wonderful effects and silhouettes in your garden. Even when it becomes too cold to sit outside, as autumn makes way for winter, your thoughtfully-placed lighting will continue to make features of your plant life throughout the year. Good quality spotlights positioned in trees will also provide stunning ambient lighting for you and your garden guests; a contemporary option to illuminate your beautiful outdoor space, harmonizing visually with all your beloved terracotta pots and various natural features.

Let light lead the way!

Use lighting along your pathways for both gorgeous aesthetics, as well as a practical solution to help lead the way around your garden. You can create a fabulous uniform look with bollard lights at regular intervals, between your terracotta pots which line the path. Or, alternatively, use border lights for a less formal look. This can add a sense of drama to your garden, while also creating a warm and welcoming spectacle for visitors.

evergreen plants in terracotta pots
shrubs in terracotta pots

Feature lighting walls

Make the most of neutral wall features by installing pillar LED lighting. Not only will this bring to life a visually uninspiring area of your garden or patio—you will also accentuate beloved elements positioned near, or lining your wall: such as large handmade terracotta pots, or traditional Italian oil jars and urns. As temperatures start to fall, you can create a cosy ambient space in which to spend your evenings.

Less is more...

Before embarking on your outdoor lighting projects, it’s a good idea to consider the theme and layout of your garden to ensure that you’re not simply choosing random lighting and effects to embellish your space. It’s often the case that less is more when choosing an outdoor lighting set-up. Installing too many lights can overwhelm the visual style of your garden, so think carefully about which areas you want to highlight and make features of.

How can we help?

If you’d like any guidance on the types of handmade Italian terracotta pots and planters that will compliment your outdoor lighting scheme, or any advice in general about the right kind of product for your garden, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ve got a wide range of beautiful pots in our collection—something to suit all gardens and tastes.

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