6 backyard lighting options
1 String lights make a radiant focal point when massed around a wire obelisk and placed into a garden bed. Create even more impact by lining a garden pathway with a series of them.
2 Wind string lights up and over an archway for a warm and welcoming entryway to a space set aside for lounging. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough foliage to conceal them. As darkness falls their subtle glimmer will take centre stage and everything else will simply fade away.
3 Drop two or three star-shaped outdoor lanterns from overhanging branches to add some drama and to delineate the space. Make sure you choose large, sturdy branches for weighty lights like these.
4 Pierced ceramic hurricane lanterns give off pinpricks of light, lending a soft glow to the tablescape. Keep opaque lanterns low enough so that easy conversation can still take place over them.
5 Gather paper lantern string lights beneath an obelisk or overturned tomato cage and fix in the centre of a floral arrangement for a sophisticated effect.
6 Anchor votive holders in a shallow bowl with sand, stones and seashells for a glowing centrepiece. Set in the middle of the dining table or on a nearby low cocktail table with drinks and snacks at the ready.