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6 Ideas for the Perfect Nighttime Garden

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If like many, you love your garden in the summertime, we’ve devised a collection of ideas to help you to further improve your outdoor living during nighttime.

Many homeowners go out of their way to create a tranquil, magical atmosphere where they can relax and unwind.

The following tips will help you make your garden even more beautiful, and they’re all simple and cost effective methods.


  1. Solar Powered Lights
  2. Citronella Candles
  3. Fire Pit
  4. Seating Area
  5. Drinks Cooler
  6. Blankets
  7. Conclusion

Solar Powered Lights

Solar Garden Lights

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Illuminating your garden is a great way to bring a special ambiance to your outdoor spaces.

There are several lighting options available on the market, from low voltage lights to solar powered outdoor lighting kits.

By installing lights, you can add a soft glow, highlight your favourite flora or shed light on areas where you want to entertain guests.

Solar powered lights are the perfect solution.

You don’t have to worry about any electrical installation or trailing cables, and of course with solar, there’s no running costs either.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to shopping for solar powered lights.

A quick search online will reveal a whole world of solar powered pathway lights, torch lights, tabletop lights, lanterns, string lights, or spotlights to illuminate larger areas.

Solar powered lights are quick and easy to install and require no expertise whatsoever.

The most important thing is to ensure the panel is located in a place facing direct sunlight during the day to fully charge.

The light’s integrated solar panel will absorb the sunlight, and convert it into energy stored in its battery.

As soon as the sun starts to set and light fades, the built-in sensor will switch on the solar light.

Citronella Candles

Citronella Candles

Everybody loves to have guests over in the summertime, but during warmer months there tends to be a lot of unwelcome guests too.

Bugs and mosquitoes tend to come out at night and in many cases, can bite and become a real nuisance.

However you can get rid of them by means of citronella candles.

These are natural and effective insect repellants, which can help you enjoy your time outdoors without the concern of being eaten alive!

It is recommended that you opt for pure soya citronella candles as they are effective and safe.

Soy wax citronella candles are perfect as they burn longer and do not emit soot.

You may wish to opt for candles that come with a lid so you can store them properly when not in use.

Besides, citronella candles will contribute to creating a lovely ambiance with the soft light of the candles and the pleasant aroma they emit.

Fire Pit

Toasting Marshmallows

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Have you ever considered constructing a fire pit, and incorporating seating around it?

This is a great idea which will make your garden truly unique and so much cosier.

You can use a combination of rock and paving stones to do this DIY project, and it’s not that difficult to complete.

With a little bit of DIY skill, you can stack the stones into a circular donut shape, to make the perfect 360º fire pit.

A selection of surrounding stools or even a collection of tree stumps will create a truly unique place to hang out at night, cook marshmallows and keep warm as the sun sets.

Seating Area

Natural Log Bench

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Seating is always an important consideration in your garden, both for you, your family, and any guests you decide to invite around for a summer get together.

The seating areas that you create in your garden can be very creative and cost effective.

In truth, you don’t need to spend money on expensive sofas or armchairs, which will need to be stored away when weather conditions change.

You can create built-in seating in a creative way, such as timber benches in between large planters, or on the ledges of surrounding low walls.

All you really need is to have a selection of suitable cushions for the seats and the backs to make the seating more comfortable.

These can be made from a material that is weather resistant and easy to clean.

Drinks Cooler

Champagne on Ice

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As you sit in your garden, it’s always nice to have a cold drink easily within arms reach.

But once that drink’s been consumed, you’ll have to go back inside to fetch another.

When you’re trying to relax and it’s hot outdoors, this can be quite inconvenient.

Not to mention when you have several guests outdoors, you don’t want to have to carry a large number of drinks all the way from the house.

During the summer months, drinks can quickly become warm unless they’re kept in a cooler.

Hence it’s a good idea to invest in a suitable drinks cooler for your summer garden.

They are basically like large cooler boxes which serve as an ice bucket for your bottles.

You will find numerous varieties available to buy online or in stores.

There are some fantastic coolers available in different styles.

Some have external covers made from wicker for example, so they can tie in with the style of your garden furniture perfectly.

Most definitely a very practical addition for your garden!


Basket of Blankets

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If you plan to spend the evening in your garden, chances are that you will be having such a great time that you might be spending a large part of the night there.

As the night draws longer, it could easily become a lot chillier.

Hence it’s a good idea to have a good selection of blankets to hand to keep yourself and your guests warm.

Blankets can also serve a dual purpose as they can be placed on the grass for children to sit and play.

It’s surely a great way to create a nice, cosy atmosphere!


As you’ve discovered, there’s no need to spend a fortune on creating the perfect nighttime garden for you and your family.

The above practical ideas are all simple and very effective.

They will allow you to enjoy several pleasant evenings with your family and friends in the garden, and there’s no denying that nothing beats nighttime adventures in the comfort of your own home setting.

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