The Secret to a Cordless, Decorated Garden

Whether you're decorating for a party or trying to incorporate lights into your landscaping, there are some easy, cool and affordable solutions available for those of us without convenient electrical outlets.

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The secret? Solar lighting! You can now buy affordable - dare we say, cheap? - lighting of all shapes and sizes to punch up your garden.

The solar lights work by constantly recharging a tiny battery using a small solar cell, which then powers an LED. Because the LED doesn't require a lot of power, you can get hours of light coverage (many now promise 7 hours or longer).

In the last several years, producing these types of lights has become more cheap and ubiquitous than ever before. Your local "has everything" shop/grocery store is likely to carry our shopping list of everything you'd need to light up a garden, both for practical and decorative purposes, and Amazon has competitive deals as well.

Our Shopping List of Solar Lighting for the Garden:

  • Hanging lanterns
  • Path lights for safety and decor
  • String lights
  • Floating globes for parties
  • Post cap lamps
  • Spotlights for trees and landscaping

With each of these elements in play, we can ensure that our front and back yards will be lit attractively, but also include safety elements like guide lights for the front sidewalk steps and motion-detected spotlights for the back door.

As far as decor goes, there are many objects that could be brought out just for parties (floating globes make a nice addition to a water feature or a bowl of punch, but might get dirty over time), but we're happy to leave out string lights year-round, so solar versions make that option a lot more affordable and a lot less energy-wasting.

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Do you use solar lights in your yard? Share your tips, recommendations and photos in the comments below.

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(Lantern in grass image: Flickr member inger klekacz licensed for use under Creative Commons. Round image: Flickr member brianjmatis licensed for use under Creative Commons. Yard image via Re-nest)