Beautiful landscaping requires a lot of hard work, and maintaining a beautiful yard is not for the faint hearted. So you have every right to be proud of what you’ve accomplished in your yard. A lot of sweat went into it. With spring just around the corner, it is the perfect time to think about how you can show off your landscaping this year. The closer we come to the spring months, the more brightly your flowers will shine, and the more lush your foliage will become. So why not highlight this beauty with landscape lighting? In these immaculate areas filled with trees, shrubs, and flowers, the best way to show off your Clearwater or Tampa Bay landscaping is with outdoor lighting.
So what are some components in large landscaped areas that need to be showcased, and how should they be lit? Consider the following.
Trees are the royalty of landscape. Whether they are our native palms trees or another variety, these majestic giants will be natural focal points of your landscape since they are so much larger than your other plants. Trees are eye catching during the day, but at night under proper lighting, they mesmerize while naturally creating sight lines. The best outdoor lighting fixtures for large trees are spotlights and well lights, and the technique that brings out their best characteristics with a beautiful balance of highlights and shadows is uplighting.
Many shrubs, vines, and small trees may not be as standout as a Royal Palm, but their contributions shouldn’t be overlooked. While they may not be what you see first, their fill function would be sorely missed were they suddenly gone. Lush vegetation contributes texture and depth to your landscaping. Well lights are commonly used to illuminate these foliage plants, and wash lighting techniques best complement the textures they add.
Florida is alive with lush colors from our flowering plants, many of them tropical. Don’t let these go unnoticed at night. In the dark, colors lose their vividness, but under the glow of outdoor lighting, your flowers true colors can shine, no matter how small that flower is. Depending on the size and location of flowering plants, many fixtures can be used. Well lights, spotlights, and path lights are common choices. Wash lighting and spotlighting techniques are commonly used to highlight the flowers’ color and beauty.
Chances are, you have all of these plants in your large landscape areas. To create the best design, all components must be considered individually and as whole. A unique combination of the techniques and fixtures above will create a scene in which beauty only increases as the sun sets.
So as you prepare to show off all the hard work you have put into landscaping, don’t forget outdoor lighting. The magic of quality landscape lighting is that it disappears while the beauty of your plants shine through. So trust Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Clearwater & Tampa Bay. We have years of experience in this area, working with our native plant life. We know how to bring out your landscape’s very best. Call us today.
Robert van der Putten, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Clearwater & Tampa Bay
727-785-6000 or 813-237-0340