Lighting Tips for Your Autumn Garden

Fall is here! Fall is the time of year when the days are shorter, and the temperatures are a little cooler. Fall allows you to enjoy your garden more during the day while you take in the cool breezes. In some areas, you can even spend some quality time in the garden once the sun has gone down.

In order to make the most of your garden in the autumn, the right lighting is critical. Lighting can illuminate the best parts of your garden and create the desired ambiance. Here are some helpful tips that will make your garden the customized outdoor space you want.

Adjustable Lighting

Having adjustable lighting in your garden will help you transition during the seasons. The lighting is often industrial-style. You can twist them to project a soft glow on your shrubs and flowers. The lighting can also be pointed downward so you can easily see the seating in the garden at night.

Once you see how well adjustable lighting works in your garden, you may want to put lighting in other areas. These types of lights work in the kitchen, especially in the areas where you need task lighting. If you have an outdoor eating or entertaining space, you can use recessed lighting and ceiling fan. Doing this will provide lighting for the grill or table so you can see how to prepare outdoor meals. The soft glow of the light also provides a welcoming setting.

It’s also important to make sure that the outdoor lighting you choose works with the rest of your outdoor design. If you have orange or yellow-tinged lighting on the porch or deck, your garden lighting should be the same. If the lights outside of your home are a more intense red or blue hue, your garden lighting should match.

More Lighting Basics to Consider

Keep in mind that the way the lighting looks during the day won’t be the same at night. This thought should help to guide your decisions when it comes to lighting the garden during the fall season. Think about this when you’re illuminating the pathway to your garden. You also need the right lighting for other spots in your yard like an eating or reading area.

The intensity, quality, and color of the lighting all play a part in garden lighting selection. You can find the lighting color on the packaging. The number ranges from 1800K to 7500K or Kelvins. Low-Kelvin lights are reddish in tone while the higher Kelvin lights have a bluish-white tinge.

The function of the light will determine how bright the light is. If you’re using overall lighting, the light will illuminate an entire space. If you have autumn flowers you want to show off, overall lighting is best. Task lighting is brighter and is generally used for the sidewalk or path leading to your deck. This type of lighting brings more attention to the flowers lining the path. If you have a small garden near the seating area, you can use task lighting to showcase it. Accent lighting is designed to bring the eye to a specific area. If you have manicured shrubs or large, colorful flowers, use floodlights or spotlights to enhance the garden space.

The nights will be a bit darker during the fall. Therefore, brighter bulbs are a great idea, regardless of the type of lighting you want. There are also many fluorescent lights that come in several colors. These lights make your flowers appear more vivid. Fluorescent lighting also uses less energy and lasts longer than other types of lighting.

Lighting Décor Accents

To make the décor of your fall garden especially customized, you can try DIY pendant shades. Batteries or electricity power the hanging bulbs. The choice depends on how you arrange your garden and which features you want to accentuate. You can cut the base of candle holders and position them around pendant lights. You can also find shades in the colors and patterns you want and position them around the lights. This customization gives the garden space more texture and makes the area inviting. Stainless steel pendants are also a great idea. They provide a clean, minimalist look. These types of lights allow brightly colored fall plants like goldenrod or blue mist shrub to appear more pronounced.

If your light fixtures are customized, your fall garden will stand out even more. You can have a light fixture installed on the ceiling of the gazebo or pavilion. This light fixture will make the garden area mimic your indoor space. It’s also a good idea to work with an interior designer. He or she can help you refurbish an old lamp or light fixture. Even if the light was  used indoors, you can start using it outside. Bolting an old chandelier to the ground in the midst of outdoor seating is creative and appealing. You can also use battery-powered candles. They will showcase the small trees or shrubs that now have beautiful red or orange leaves.

Lighting Sets

Coordinated sets of lights can make your autumn garden more attractive as well. Holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving characterizes the fall season. However, you can still use string lighting to accentuate your garden. Traditionally, these lights are used during the Christmas season. However, you can apply them to the fence around your garden. The lights will bring the eye to the greenery in your fall garden. The string lighting can also line the pavilion or seating near the garden.

You can also use a set of tall battery-powered lighting fixtures on the borders of the garden. You can choose bulbs that are as bright or dim as you want. The lighting will illuminate the walkway to the garden. It will also make the red, greens, oranges, and blues of the garden brighter.

The professionals at Cortada Landscape can help you choose the ideal fall plants for your garden. Once you’ve organized your garden according to color or growth pattern, it’s easier to select the perfect lighting.