By Alana Tunkermeister

There's no limit to the beautifying and relaxing abilities of great solar garden lights. A patio laid in field stone that borders a naturalized garden; a pathway made of old brick that meanders between flower beds accented by graceful garden statuary; a gazebo that anchors the center of a group of formal flowerbeds-can all be highlighted and made the focus of attention by adding lighting that both decorative and creates enough brightness for you to enjoy your garden by night.

Strategically placing lights around your garden gives your landscape a special appeal at night. Clear string lights can be woven onto branches of trees, giving your garden a mystical feel. Or you can line your paths with solar lights shaped like lanterns, giving your garden an Oriental feel.

You might want to use the patios and gazebos for seating, trellis and lattices can give your garden plants the support they need and also create a beautiful background for your socializing. Lighting it all up aesthetically will add that tough of glamor and mystery to your home. As darkness sets in your lights will make the gardens come into their own.

Decorative lighting by way of solar garden lights can create foci of brightness, or light up functional areas like where garden paths meet or wherever else they look good. A statue of a frog will fit in better beside a pond, for example, than by a patio. Bird baths too can fit into different areas in your garden. Benches and seating can be placed in a shady area which provides a good view.

Don't clutter it up. Don't add too many lights, flowerbeds and borders should be optimum and don't go overboard with the accessories. Use your creative juices and place things in their right places. Lights can bring something into focus while things that look bad in the night can be not highlighted at all.

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