Although some die hard gardeners have one foot near the potting shed door and one foot by the fire, we can still embellish our gardens’ features and highlights, even in the midst of the dreary winter months. One of the simplest ways to capture the outer entrance to your home and highlights in your garden can be done with landscape lighting.
Think about the ambiance of outside holiday lights. The illumination of each twinkly bulb triggers a glow within us all. Now picture carefully placed fixtures radiating a stone path or a beautifully sculptured tree. Your garden becomes like a museum, where each piece of art within your garden is lit in such a way that every visitor may see it in a different light.
Well executed landscape lighting integrates the architecture of your home with the outside living space. It draws you in and guides you through the exterior spaces, even if you only view an outdoor terrace from an indoor window. It highlights features that are otherwise lost.
To showcase the beauty of your winter landscape, stretch beyond the holiday bulbs and consider options for outdoor lighting. You can pick some exquisite yet small fixtures that do not detract from your ultimate goal – illuminating the features in your outdoor spaces.
To encapsulate why light is so important to us, you only need reflect on the amazing survival of the 33 Chilean miners. Imitating day and night saved them so as not to lose their sanity while stuck miles below the earth. We are creatures of habit and extremely photosensitive. Light is an important aspect to our routines and our moods. It’s a known fact as the days get shorter so does our spirit.
Katherine S. White broadens this thought with her inspirational quote. “From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens – the garden outdoors, the garden of pots and bowls in the house, and the garden of the mind’s eye.”
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