Light changes everything. This time of year we are incredibly sensitive to the lack of it, or at least I am. I find it hard to get out of bed to go to the gym when it’s pitch black outside. And at the end of the day when it’s dark at 5 PM, I simply want to curl up in a blanket with a roaring fire nearby.
|Plants facing away from the woodland trail instead of towards it.
Another way light changes the garden is by highlighting plants in different ways. Direct sunlight is usually the least attractive light as it tends to wash out colors. That’s why professional photographers often recommend taking pictures early in the morning or late in the afternoon when plants are backlit and the shadows are long. By taking advantage of the setting or rising sun, you can orchestrate your own light show of sorts and create a relaxing or even a romantic mood. Natural lighting can even be used to highlight a plant’s best features.
|Long shadows change the mood of a space.|
This Lindera looks aglow due to natural light.
The backlit leaves look like ornaments hanging from the tree.
While the light provided by Mother Nature is magical, as humans we have the power to transform our gardens beyond sunset through outdoor lighting. There are lights for just about everything. Up lights, spot lights, underwater lights, and more. You can install a fire pit or purchase a portable one to add warmth to your outdoor spaces. What could be better than snuggling under a blanket while enjoying a crackling outdoor fire under the stars?
|A firepit adds amazing ambiance to an outdoor space|
|Outdoor spotlights can highlight features like this boulder|
Take advantage of the opportunity to use lighting in all possible ways. Let light call you into the garden so you can observe every detail and enjoy your landscape even more.