Lighting in the garden (just like inside) can be as complicated or as simple as you like, but either way, there’s nothing like it for creating a welcoming setting. If you’re prepared to go down a more committed route, then ask an electrician to install fitted outdoor lights like our Dartmouth. These discrete downlights encased in bronze can be attached to posts, fences and walls to provide subtle illumination all over your garden, lighting paths, planting, doorways and terraces.
A little less involved, our Rosewood festoon lights are wonderfully atmospheric when strung overhead between walls, fences and trees, and all you need is a covered outdoor socket to plug them into.
Finally, and least complicated, is portable low-level lighting that, although not strictly designed for the garden, can easily be brought in and out. Being outside is a real opportunity to maximise on candlelight more than you might do inside: gather them around doorways, use them to light paths, and create little clusters in corners as well as down your tabletop. Just make sure to shelter them from breezes in a hurricane vase or a lantern like Browning. If you’d rather not use candles, then our dimmable Hanover lamps are perfect because they’re cordless.
Our advice would be, if you can, to combine all three for different layers and levels of lighting: practical illumination from Dartmouth, a festive atmosphere from Rosewood, and cosy ambience with candles and Hanover.