Published on May 20th, 2013 | by Guest Contributor
The Garden of Tomorrow: Harnessing Solar Energy
With warmer weather just peaking, it’s a great time to start planning for a stunning organic summer garden. Aside from growing an amazing array of healthful vegetables, it’s also fun to decorating the patio or add furniture to the lawn. Decorating the outside space–an extension of the home embellished by nature– infuses the house with a great green energy and encourages you to spend more time outside. But of course, you will want to use solar energy to light and accessorize this outdoor space, which will help save money and keep our planet green.
Solar Powered Lighting
Enhance the twilight experience of looking out across a darkened garden with some well-placed lighting. Hectic lifestyles can make it difficult to find time to relax when we arrive home in the evenings. Make the most of twilight and evening hours by making the garden attractive with proper illumination. You can use solar powered garden features and even outdoor solar Christmas lights that can be used all year round to illuminate your garden.
Use individual path lights to map a safe and easy route from the back door to the garden. Some companies even make solar lights disguised as stepping stones, pebbles and rocks, which blending seamlessly with their surroundings and offer a more subtle look. For a small garden, a courtyard, or patio space, using solar powered up-lighters or strategically placed directional lighting can create a widening affect. The eye will be drawn from feature to feature, broadening the visual landscape. Solar spot lights are perfect for highlighting a favorite statue or sculpture, completing the look of a design theme with minimal cost.
Solar Powered Accessories
There are a huge range of solar powered accessories to choose from, they can be either cosmetic or serve a more functional purpose. There are sun tables and battery chargers fitted with solar panels, allowing them to soak up and store power for future use. Once charged, these units have the capacity to run a radio, conventional light source or even a laptop.
Some of the most popular year round ornaments are those which feature running water. Using renewable energy means there is no awkward mains connection and the cascade will sustain itself year round. Fountains are available as self-contained units, or as a floating addition to an existing pond. They can aerate the water, while also providing the calming sounds of a water.
Solar powered lighting and accessories are becoming an increasingly sophisticated and powerful part of garden decor. They can also be valuable tools, helping homeowners make sure that their garden looks good, but is also environmentally friendly.
This is a guest post from UK Christmas World, who offers a number of different Christmas accessories including solar powered Christmas lights whatever the season.