Lighting makes small spaces interesting and creates the illusion of depth. Small gardens may lack the space to accommodate decorations and more bushes, but getting the balance of light and shade right makes a big difference.
Small gardens require understanding of how proper illumination livens up a space and brings shadowy gardens to life. If this is something you need help with, it is best to hire a professional garden designer. Kent is home to many such experts who will likely recommend using a dash of lighting to achieve your goals. Here are some decoration styles you can consider for your little garden:
Highlight Foliages and Flowers
Plants absorb and diffuse light rather than reflect it. Up lighting bushes or tall shrubs helps in emphasising vertical space. Illuminate colourful flowers and choose lights that emphasise natural colours or dramatise these plants with a vignette effect.
Create a Show of Lights from One Point of View
Light plants in strategic locations – position the light source while thinking about the point of view of a person standing on the pathway or patio, along the kerbside or looking out the window. Rather than aiming to lit all of the spaces all at once, select prime spots where the gaze usually falls. This way, you can choose where and what type of illumination can create the effect that you want for the landscape.
Lighten Up Wet Areas
Water and light make a magical pair. The illusions created when light is reflected on the water can help with colours and motion at night. Lighting small gardens and water features this way increases the visual play devoid in wide spaces where the end walls are far and space is highlighted more than the decorations and plants.
Use Light as well as Shadow
What makes gardens appear dramatic, no matter how big or small, are the play of lights and shadows. Build a backdrop behind the plants. It can be the fences or the house wall. Position the lighting fixture so it casts a shadow on the wall.
Make the spatial limitations of your garden work for you. Use lighting to create a lovely garden you can admire day and night.