Plants in the garden are what makes most gardens stand out. The second thing that makes these yards and spaces for plants attractive is the landscaping involved. When both soil and plants blend and mesh, a beautiful view and landscape come out. However, there is a third element that is essential to make a garden stand out even more.

Lighting is one of the most underutilized tools when it comes to gardening and landscaping. You might have the best flowering plants, the best garden, and the most attractive focal points but without any light to show off their qualities, those items will still fail to catch interest during night time. When night falls, lights can demonstrate the brilliance of all these parts to its fullest.

One of the best lights to use in a garden or a patio near a garden is a fairy light. Fairy lights are small electric lights that you see on trees for decoration. However, there are several ways to use these light sources to illuminate your garden better.

Under the Trees

If you’re dealing with a big or small piece of land with trees on it, then placing fairy lights just underneath the branches or within the canopy can do wonders for those below. The good idea is to hang these lights underneath a hammock between two trees, and you’ll immediately have a place to relax and chill during cold afternoons and evenings.

Placing Them on Pathways

Fairy lights or string lights can illuminate a path and create a romantic feel for those walking along the way. These light sources are on wires which are flexible enough to follow the route of stone or cement pathway along the garden. The ambiance that light from the ground should not be so bright and is just sufficient to brighten up the trail.


If you don’t like the look of fairy lights on your trees or gardens then you can try this idea instead: try purchasing grapevine balls, twine, and a place to hang these DIY mini-chandeliers. For large grapevine balls, try inserting and spreading out 10-15 fairy lights inside them and hang them on branches, tall plants, from the porch, a patio, and other high places.

Try setting them apart so that lights coming from each chandelier don’t fight with each other. If you don’t separate them far enough, you’ll only achieve the same effect that hanging string lights will bring. These mini chandeliers can also become ground objects that you can cleverly spread apart, again applying the principle of not placing them too close to each other.

Placing Them on a Pergola

A pergola is an open, wooden structure where vines can be put to cover it completely. You can also wrap around several fairy lights within the foliage to create a mesmerizing and romantic feel. Pergolas don’t usually have seats underneath them, but you can add benches and other seats to make it more comfy to stay underneath them.

Picnic Table

A good idea for a more romantic evening in the garden is placing a picnic or dining table suitable for two. Try putting two large branches or limbs that can act as posts for your fairy light. The ambiance that the lights create can set the mood for a good night’s dinner between lovers or friends alike.

Hang the lights on top of the post so that the lights don’t hit anything underneath them. A small number of dimming lights are perfect to place underneath the table or the surrounding area of the table. As long as the light they give off doesn’t become conflicting with the lights already hanging up above.


Gardens are indeed breathtaking places with the right landscaping. However, when night time comes, the landscape, garden, and all its other features won’t be as beautiful as it is during the daytime. This situation is the best time for lights to come in and show their magic. Fairy lights, in particular, are good lights to use in the garden.

These lights offer a warm and cozy feel for friends and guests while they offer a more romantic ambiance for lovers. Coupled with the best garden and landscaping techniques, fairy lights and other reliable designer lighting fixtures will surely place your friends, guests, and family in awe.