The solstice has come and gone, which means the days are getting shorter and shorter. But those evenings spent sitting and chatting in the garden don’t have to end so soon, not when you can replace the sunlight with light of your own. LED and solar-powered flower pots and planters are the latest thing to illuminate your garden. They come in all shapes and sizes, perfect for anything from small arrangements to large shrubs and trees.
Plus, they work like normal flower pots. Simply put them in your garden and they do the rest. They give off varying degrees of light allowing you to highlight a particular section or pathway, add a dramatic accent to a tree or bush or to cast a delicate glow over a seating area. After all, the sun may have gone to bed, but that doesn’t mean you have to.
LED vs solar-powered
During the day, there’s no telling the difference between an LED and a solar-
powered planter. But at night, each emits a different type of light. LED flower pots tend to be brighter. This works well if you’re looking to highlight a certain feature in your garden such as a particular plant or tree perhaps. LED flower pots come with a battery and most of them can be set on a timer, so you don’t have to have them glowing all night.
A solar lit planter on the other hand will give off a much more delicate light, one that’s akin to moonlight. It’s just the right amount of light to illuminate a dinning table or create a magical glow in a conservatory or seating area.
Add some colour
So, the big decision: do you go for one colour, or many colours? A bold, bright colour can work really well, if you don’t already have a lot of decoration in your garden. However, if you’re looking for subtle highlights, then we recommend sticking to white.
Or course, there’s nothing to stop you having the best of both worlds. Many lit planters are colour-changing. White during the day, then come nightfall watch as they slowly morph through the rainbow.
Stylish yet practical
Both LED and solar lit planters are self-contained and water-proof so you can set them in a conservatory, outdoor patio or right out in the rain (this is the UK, after all). What’s more they’re simple to use. Just think of them as a normal flower pot. It definitely beats messing around with complicated (and often expensive) lighting equipment.
But practicality doesn’t have to mean unstylish. Lit planters come in a range of styles, generally minimalist, so they doesn’t draw focus away from your plants. Instead they become part of your display, blending into your garden until it’s time for them to shine, or rather glow.