With spring in full bloom (or should that be blossom?!) and the nights getting shorter, thoughts inevitably turn to sitting in the garden of an evening.

From dusk until late evening, it’s easy to transform your garden or patio with the right lighting. Here are a few ideas which will help spark your imagination to plan that perfectly lit summer garden. As they are solar lights they don’t require an electrician or a big budget either!

Inexpensive Solar Garden and Patio Lighting Ideas

Solar String Lights

For quick and instant appeal, nothing can beat the soft chic light of solar café-style lights strung overhead, and they are so inexpensive, you can use them generously for very little expense. They work draped around conservatories, sheds and outhouses – or strung across a defined area.

Solar Cafe-Style String Lights.
bents.co.uk | Solar Light Bulb Pack


Available in various shapes, sizes and lengths, they are a great way to sprinkle a little light across your outdoor spaces. Smaller string lights, like these by Sarah Raven, work beautifully too!

Solar Stakes

Solar landscape lighting can ramp up the ambience of your garden or patio. Generally not enough to light up an outdoor space on their own, solar stake lights and solar crooks work well in conjunction with string lights. Use bushes, a patio or a pathway to provide the focus for your solar stake and crook lights.

Solar Crook Lanterns
ethical superstore.com | Solar Crook Coach Lanterns
ethical superstore.com | Bluebell Stake Light


Decorative Solar Lights

Decorative solar lights, including colourful blown glass lights and decorative lanterns, are often not as bright as solar path lights. However, used in clusters and groups they can provide a warm ambient glow and create a stylish decoration for your garden areas.

Solar Cornish Lanterns
ethical superstore.com | Solar Powered Cornish Sea Lantern
ethical superstore.com | Glow Gem Jar


Solar Spot Lights

The brightest solar lights available are spotlights, and some can provide light roughly equivalent to a 40-watt bulb. Motion-sensing solar spotlights can be placed in the garden, with the beam of light directed at a tree or landscape feature.

glow.co.uk | Solar Spot Light


Finally, remember all solar lights are powered by the sun! Whatever style you choose, they must be placed in an area that receives full sun — preferably eight or more hours per day.

Solar lights are on my shopping list for this year! I have had lots of  inspiration from Ethical Superstore  – do take a look!

Do you use outdoor solar lighting? Which styles do you use?  I’d love to hear your ideas and tips in the comments section below! You can also visit my Pinterest board for more styling ideas.

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