Landscape Design

Outdoor Landscaping Lighting Ideas to Spend More Time Outside This Summer

Now that warm weather and long summer evenings have finally returned, it is time to get the most out of your outdoor space. With the right landscape lighting, you can expand your outdoor living space and continue to enjoy the outdoors well after the sun has set. The following lighting ideas will help you highlight areas of your landscape while also setting the right mood and improving visibility for a beautiful and functional patio space.

Pathway Lighting

If your outdoor seating area is located away from the house or you have garden paths that wind through the yard, pathway lighting will be a great addition to your landscaping. These accent lights will illuminate the way back to the house and provide an added measure of safety with a subtle light that isn’t overpowering. You can choose from LED and and solar powered options that are environmentally friendly.

Rope Lights

Delicate rope lights can be strategically wound around nearby trees for additional light. You can attach them to trees around the perimeter of your property or concentrate the lights in certain seating areas to help create a sense of separate spaces and boundaries. There are a variety of different bulb sizes and wattages available depending on how much light you want to provide.

Cafe Style String Lights

This lighting option has become extremely popular in recent years because of their beauty and versatility. Cafe lights can be strung across trellesses, between the house and trees and other architectural points to create a web of overhead lights. If you are looking to really brighten up your outdoor space, then cafe style string lights might be the best solution for illuminating your outdoor patio or deck.

Paper Lanterns

Hanging paper lanterns from trees adds a touch of magic to any yard and provides a soft light that is warm and inviting. With battery powered options, you won’t have to worry about running cords to the lights. You can simply place them throughout the yard and turn on them on for a welcoming ambiance that will have guests lingering well past sundown.


More permanent uplights can also be installed throughout the yard to highlight architectural focal points and create a dramatic effect. This style of lighting is often placed at the base of the house and directed upwards to illuminate the home’s facade. They can also be installed around trees for a soft, indirect source of lighting.

Recessed Lighting

If you have hardscape structures, such as retaining walls, planters and terrace steps, these areas provide a ideal place for installing subtle recessed lighting. Small lights can be placed under step ledges for an unobtrusive lighting solution that improves safety and visibility. Circular, adjustable lights can also be installed in brick and stone walls. The possibilities are practically endless and with recessed options, the lights will blend in seamlessly with your existing structures.

You may be surprised to see how adding lighting solutions to your landscape can transform your outdoor space and make it more functional and inviting. Implementing the right lighting ideas could mean that you spend a lot more time entertaining outdoors this summer. To learn more about available outdoor lighting ideas, contact JT’s Landscaping and get your yard ready for the summer months.

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5 Home Landscape Design Tips to Make the Most out of Spring

5 Home Landscape Design Tips to Make the  Most out of Spring

We have finally reached the early stages of spring after a long winter and it is time to prepare your landscape for warmer weather. Now is the perfect time to tackle larger landscape and hardscape projects so that you can enjoy your yard and the beautiful weather that is right on the horizon. Incorporate these 5 landscape design tips and transform your yard into an extended living space and make the most out of spring.

Install a Patio

Adding a patio may require you to do some excavating and disturb plants and soil. It you tackle these projects now, you can avoid causing too much damage to fully bloomed plants and your new outdoor space will be ready just in time for summer. A simple patio is a great way to create more outdoor living and entertaining space. Creating a flat patio surface made of natural materials, such as stone, avoids interrupting the sight line and provides a look that works in harmony with your existing landscape for a seamless final product.

Add a Walkway

A walkway is the perfect way to make your landscape feel more cohesive and provide your yard with a natural flow. If your landscape features different sections and focal points that feel jumbled and disjointed, a walkway will connect these areas and add some organization to your yard. This simple landscape addition can truly transform the overall look and feel of your yard.

Create Flower Beds

Certain areas of the yard tend to be overlooked when it comes to landscaping. Ground space around trees, along walkways and next to the house provide the ideal areas to plant flower beds. Add color, texture and curb appeal to your home by planting flower beds to make the most of these forgotten sections of the yard. Just be sure to do your research and install plants that are a good fit according to how much sun and shade each area provides.

Install a Water Feature

Take your landscape to the next level by installing a water feature. You can choose from simple fountains to more elaborate ponds with waterfalls to create a unique look for your home. A water feature will attract local wildlife, create a beautiful focal point and provide the soothing sounds of nature for a yard that feels like a relaxing escape.

Build a Firepit

There is nothing better than gathering around a fire with friends. Building a durable and lasting fire pit in your yard will create a place for guests to congregate, enjoy drinks, roast marshmallows and warm up a little once the sun goes down. Adding this hardscape feature now will help help you move the party outside and get the most out of temperate spring evenings.

Don’t wait until summer to complete these landscape projects. Use the spring months to install various additions to your landscape so that you can enjoy them all summer. If you need help planning or executing your spring landscape project, call JT’s Landscaping today. We work with clients throughout the Raleigh and Triangle area to create beautiful residential and commercial landscapes.

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