Ways to Make Your Garden Better: Lighting and Water Features


When you get off a tiring day at work, I’m sure you look forward to stepping inside a warm and joyful home. Sometimes, it’s enough to have a beautiful house to return to. But why wait till you get inside? You can have this feeling of contentment as soon as you turn into your driveway.

Your garden should be as charming and heartwarming as your house. Transforming your garden into a beautiful haven is more than arranging your plants in an elegant layout. You can have some beautiful hillside landscaping as well. You should consider adding lighting and water features to make your garden better. For better ideas, go to

Here are a few suggestions on how to enhance your garden’s appeal.

Add Spark Through Lighting

Having lights in your garden makes it look pretty and alluring. They’re also an effective deterrent to possible intruders at night. We’re talking about subtle, warm lights that emphasize your garden’s high points. Here are some ideas.

Select areas to highlight.

Choose the main points in your garden that you wish to highlight. Flooding the whole yard is unnecessary and, ultimately, expensive. Reserve the lights for only particular areas in your garden. Do you have a garden swing? Spotlights that flank the swing will deliver a romantic atmosphere.

Observe under the moonlight.

If you are unsure which parts of the garden you should light up, observe it under plain moonlight and see which places look best. Then heighten the moonlight effect with artificial lighting.

Use the trees for effect.

If you have a tree or two, light them up from below to replicate an enchanted forest effect. A tire planters can be a good choice to have in your garden. Imagine soft lights bouncing on leaves as they softly sway in the breeze—such poetry.

Go for LED lights.

Use small LED lights to light your walkway. Aside from ensuring that you don’t trip over anything, an unobtrusive illuminated path is entrancing. LED lights are also quite practical as they last forever (okay, perhaps a decade) and don’t consume a lot of energy.

Add Beauty Through Water Features

If your garden is big enough, wouldn’t a pond or a fountain be an excellent highlight? It would impress your guests when they visit, especially when there are pretty fish swimming in it. More importantly, water has a calming effect and is suitable for maintaining the balance of energy in your home. PondMAX has popular water features you can choose from.


You can decorate your pond with plants and rocks, and sustain with fish and algae. You will need to clean it out regularly, but it’s not too difficult to maintain.

A fountain.

Fountains provide majesty to a garden and are great for entertaining kids. Because they continuously spray or move water around, fountains effectively cool down your garden and home, which is useful for hot climates.

Although a lot of fountains are built for ponds, there are simple and smaller structures that don’t need a pond. There are many designs available, but a low-cost option would be to DIY a mini-fountain. However, make sure you have the right tools and equipment if you go through with it.


These pretty structures attract birds better than ponds or fountains, animating your garden and making it lovely, adding to its energy and general appeal.

Lights and Water for a Better Garden

Putting lights in your water features makes the whole garden glisten. The reflection of the lights in the water has a brightening effect and contributes joyful energy.

Whether in or out of the water, you should also consider programmable outdoor light timers. With a timer set up, your garden is already lit up when you come home, and you don’t need to remember to turn it off the next morning. You can go to work worry-free, and look forward to a welcoming home and garden at the end of each day.


Sandy Jensen
Sandy Jensen, a celebrated writer in the home and garden niche, boasts over 12 years of hands-on experience. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. Before joining our team in 2016, she worked as a landscape designer, combining her love for nature and design. Sandy's expertise shines through her articles, offering readers practical and aesthetically pleasing gardening tips. Off the clock, she enjoys hiking and nature photography, further nurturing her connection with the outdoors.

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