Azaleas, palm trees, live oaks, and pampas grass – the landscape of Wilmington just overflows with southern charm. Our vegetation stands out from our big city neighbors because our plants are so influenced by the port and the ocean and what these two bring with them – fresh and salt water. Here in the Port City, the weather is well suited to creating gardens you see in publications like Southern Living. Of course, these gardens take work. A beautiful garden is the product of many hours of labor and love, and such a garden deserves to be noticed at all hours of the day. With elegant garden lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, your garden can get that recognition even after the sun goes down.
In a backyard sanctuary, you may well have a deck, patio, pergola, brick wall, or fence, and of course, each of these contribute to the relaxation and serenity of the place, but your plants are the key to creating a getaway where you, your family, and your guests can tune out a busy world and unplug. Tall trees shelter you with their branches, hedges create barriers between you and the outside, and colorful flowers brighten the area. All of these garden elements can be enhanced once the sun sets.
Consider your trees. Whether they are palms, giving your garden a vacation feel, or live oaks, fostering a sense of timelessness and southern hospitality, they can benefit from tree lighting. Depending on the type and size of your trees and their position in your property and in relation to other architectural elements, we could highlight them with dramatic uplighting (positioning a light near the base of the tree angling it upward). Or if you are looking for a more enchanting effect, we could position lights in tree branches so they cast light rays downward, creating shadows on the ground. This technique is called moonlighting.
Using well lights and spotlights, we can accent shrubs, flowerbeds, and small trees. Typically, we cast light on certain areas of these features. This can be used to draw attention to the best areas of your garden, but it also creates an air of mystery by leaving some areas more shadowed. Such lighting designs and techniques make your garden visually interesting.
Finally, for the paths that carry you through your garden, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington is able to illuminate for both effect and safety using our copper path lights. These lights are staked along your paths and stand about 20” tall. The copper will, in time, develop a lovely patina finish that is fashionable and helps the light blend into its surroundings.
Using many different techniques and fixtures, garden lighting adds mood and tone to your outdoor sanctuary, and it allows you to enjoy this area at night when our weather is mildest. If you are interested in creating a garden area where all of your hard work shines and continues to add value to your property after dark, contact us today.
William Koon, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington