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Five Areas to Add Lighting to Your Florida Panhandle Landscape

by Emily Durgan | Fri, Oct 11, 2013

landscape lighting around swimming pool

Yes, Florida is known as the Sunshine State. But here in the panhandle we believe Florida should be just as beautiful by night as it is in our signature sunshine.

Love spending time outdoors by day? Light up your landscape for more enjoyment once the sun goes down.

Whether you're lighting your landscape to use it from morning to night, or creating an aesthetic evening display to enjoy from the comfort of your home, the landscape lighting professionals at GreenEarth Landscape Services have a few ideas for where to start with your lighting plans.

Lighting location #1: along a path

Lighting the way from one area of your landscape to another doesn't just create visual interest. It's also a great way to keep backyard dwellers safe after the sun goes down.

Whether your path is lined with mulch or paved with hand-selected flagstones leading from the patio to the pool or from the house to a secluded area with a fire pit, lighting the way down your path toward the next area of your outdoor living space can create beautiful visual interest throughout your landscape.

Lighting location #2: around the pool

Once you've made the investment in a backyard swimming pool, you won't want to dry off and go inside just because it's gotten dark outside!

Don't stop with lighting within the walls of your pool. You can create beautiful ambient lighting around your pool and pool deck that makes it a striking addition to your landscape, even from indoors.

Whether you're taking a midnight dip or just spending time outdoors, swimming pool lighting makes being near the pool at night much safer and more beautiful.

Lighting location #3: among plantings

Make your prized landscape plants a focal point well into the night by adding lights to illuminate them after dark, too. Lighting within planting beds can be especially lovely if you have plants with silvery foliage or other features that look different by night. Draw special attention to them by adding some accent lighting.

And lighting doesn't just have to be functional. Try up-lighting trees in your landscape to create a unique look by night.

Lighting location #4: near the patio

Sure, you can create warmth and light with a fire pit or well-placed citronella candles, but installing more formal lighting around your patio creates a perfect spot for effortless evening entertainment.

Soft lighting, the safe kind that doesn't involve an open flame, can create a permanent ambience within your landscape. It makes your patio inviting at all times, no matter the season.

Lighting location #5: in the front yard

Front-yard lighting shouldn't just be limited to sconces flanking your front door and flood lights on motion sensors.

Lights leading up the driveway or along the path to your front door can create a truly inviting entrance for evening guests. It can provide a much more aesthetically pleasing way to prevent intruders from entering your property unnoticed.

Want to talk about lighting for your landscape? The professionals at GreenEarth Landscape Solutions can help you create a plan to illuminate your landscape and make it even more beautiful by night.

To get in touch with one of our landscape and lighting professionals, call our Santa Rosa Beach office at (850) 267-0010 or our office in Panama City Beach at (850) 236-1959. Or, fill out our web form to the right and we'll get in touch with you as soon as possible.

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