A garden’s beauty tickles all the senses. The smell of fresh flowers and plants, the soft touch of the grass and leaves on one’s skin, the taste of freshness in the air and in the fruits and crops, the sounds of the birds and rustling of the leaves, and last and definitely not the least, the bright colors and visual beauty of the garden as a whole. These can all be appreciated during the day, but without help, only four can truly be appreciated at night. Without light, the eyes cannot see the visual beauty of a garden.
At night time, however, garden lighting can make it possible. Properly placed garden lights can illuminate a garden in a way that can add a totally different perspective to its visual style. A single light is usually not used to illuminate the whole garden. Instead, designers use lights to play on light and shadow, adding focus to some of the garden’s beauty, while using the shadows to add a certain level of mystery and style on others.
But there are also practical reasons to using garden lights at night. The most obvious is to illuminate paths and areas of interest, so visitors can still stroll through gardens and appreciate what they have to offer, without being lost or confused, even without the sun. In addition, lights can also serve as a deterrent for insects, pests, and other animals.
For example, in the past, ancient garden lights in the form of pyres and braziers would burn, in addition to normal pieces of wood, other woods that have natural pesticides that can ward off mosquitoes and flies. Today, this comes in the form of bug zappers that attract and electrocute unwanted pests, so visitors in a garden can stroll through comfortably.
Garden lights have also evolved as fuels and power sources have advanced. Ancient garden lights were simple wooden fires, and eventually evolved into candles, waxes, and oils placed in containers that started off as simple braziers, but developed into beautifully crafted lanterns and lamps that also added to the gardens’ designs.
Today, garden lights are mostly powered by electricity. Traditional electric lights are connected to complex circuits and systems, but there are modern lights that have their own power sources, such as solar garden lights. A garden solar light has solar cells that charge batteries, allowing them to stay lit at night, but without the need for long wires.