Summer nights might be on the way out but with warm autumns on the horizon, thoughts might be turning to how to illuminate your garden.

Your standard garden light is a great base, but if you want to switch things up and add some interest into your lighting options, we asked the lighting experts at Festive Lights for their ideas on inspiring garden lighting with a twist.

Here are 7 tips to help you create brilliant effects that look great from day to night, whatever the weather.

Add some colour

Multi-coloured lights aren’t just for Christmas. Lanterns and fairy lights create a fun and inviting atmosphere while adding a splash of colour all year round.

Top tip: Festoon bulbs are great for a classic look, and add warmth and character.

Pretty plants

Try looping lights throughout the branches and foliage of potted plants and bushes to create a magical effect.

Top tip: Groups of three or more, in co-ordinating pots, make a striking design statement.

Mood lighting

Hanging solar lights under an outdoor parasol provide the perfect mood lighting, and are space savers too – leaving you with more room on the table for drinks, foods, plates and more.

Top tip: Utilise the beams within the parasol when hanging your lights.

Light up your trees

Trees needn’t look bare after autumn; simply wrap delicate fairy lights along the branches to make them a feature all year round.

Top tip: Leave a little room when winding lights around a tree so that the tree can expand and retract throughout the seasons.

Flameless fires

All the fire with none of the fear - great for use around children. Wrap around logs in firepits or use to decorate chimineas instead of lighting them.

Top tip: Scrunch up micro wire battery fairy lights create the illusion of burning embers.

Love a lantern

Lanterns are versatile and a great focal point when placed on lawns, patios and tables, or hung from walls and fences.

Top tip: Make your own ‘firefly lanterns’ by placing micro wire fairy lights in mason jars and dotting around the garden or even lining your path with them.

Borders and fences

Add shape and depth to your garden by running lights along borders and fences.

 

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Top tip: Use evenly spaced hooks to hang your lights along fences for a put-together look.