Here Are Some Ideas On How To Make Your Garden Lighter!
We’ve put together ideas on how you can make small changes to your woodwork, plants and landscaping materials to achieve maximum light exposure in your garden!
One of the many pleasures of summer is being able to sit outside in the warm sunshine. Plants need the sun’s light just as much as we do; the nourishing sunbeams provide energy needed for a garden to flourish and grow.
Sadly, a house cannot be moved around in order to achieve maximum light exposure. The sad truth is, a north-facing garden will always be a north-facing garden. But alas, not all is lost! There are certain things you can do that will help you to increase the amount of light your garden gets.
Paints Walls And Fences White
Do you have any old walls? Or any timber structures like sheds, pergolas or rose arches? A great tip for these would be to paint them in white or cream. The white surfaces will reflect and diffuse light in many different directions. This increase in light will be a benefit to nearby plants and will immediately brighten up your garden.
Carefully Choose Hard Landscaping Materials
The colour of your paving, if you’re thinking about laying a path or patio, is certainly something that needs to be thought about. If you’re going to use hard landscaping materials, then stick with warm, pale-honey colour tiles or silver granite paving to help reflect light.
Try to avoid dark grey or khaki tiles, or slate chipping. Darker colours do not reflect light very well and in a dark garden, they can look quite sad, especially when wet!
Highlight With Plants
A shady garden can be brightened up using white flowers and variegated foliage, or some Spring coloured woodland plants. This creates the illusion of light, and as the sun sets the white will stand out.
It’s important to choose plants that can help to create the illusion of more light, and help to brighten your garden up with their beautiful colours. The flowers of choice for this could be the Pulmonaria or Dicentra, both of which are delicate, dainty flowers that vary in vibrant colour and can help to jazz up a shady garden.
Mirrors are an increasingly popular way of creating an illusion of space in a garden, which can also reflect light and heat from the sun. To do this, place a mirror in the brightest area of your garden, and direct it towards the darkest area; this will improve the light your garden gets.
Make sure not to use a magnifying mirror, or direct multiple mirrors to the same spot, as in some cases this can cause an accidental fire!
A water feature can bring sounds of nature to your doorstep, attract natural wildlife and can adapt to fit in any size space. They’re a great feature of a garden, and can give people something to talk about!
Glass garden sculpture
A glass garden sculpture can help to reflect light around a garden. Pick a coloured glass sculpture and you will add some all-year-round colour to your garden, with beautiful bright colours being reflected around the space.
If you’re thinking about a glass sculpture, or any kind of sculpture, make sure the area it’s placed in is clear and not at risk of falling onto something else or being shattered by overhead factors, such as dead or damaged branches.
Follow these easy steps and ideas to transform a shady garden into a brighter garden!