New landscape lighting for back garden

June 24, 2020

Uplighting on an agave, path light near a yucca in the foreground, and existing string lights

It only took 12 years, but we finally installed path lighting and uplighting in the backyard, and what a big difference it makes. We already had two sets of string lights for parties, which are on manual switches. But now we have ground-level lighting that highlights plants and garden art and comes on automatically at dusk.

Uplighting on a potted agave and a tall yucca, plus a path light

Now, even when we’re inside, we enjoy the soft glow of the nighttime garden through windows and doors. And outdoors we have practical path lighting as well as the drama of uplighting on bold plants like agaves and yuccas, as well as a few trees.

Uplighting on a prickly pear and wall panel behind the house

It makes all the difference in the world in the feel and utility of our garden after dark.

A wider view of uplighting along the back of the house, plus string lights and agave uplighting at the far end.

Props to my DH for installing it! We were about to hire someone, just to get it

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30 Best Fall Flowers for an Autumn Garden

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Of course, you know that your daisies and peonies won’t bloom forever. That said, you can look on the bright side by considering go-to fall flowers like pansies, mums, Japanese anemones—the list goes on. With eye-catching colors ranging from reds to blues, there’s no shortage of flowers to choose from to arrange the perfect autumn garden. But before you start shopping, be sure to consult with your local plant supplier or nursery to pinpoint the best time to plant each species, which tends to be late spring or early summer. You can also check with a gardening expert in your area to determine the best annuals and perennials that will flower through September and October. Additionally, it’s worth visiting the United States Department of Agriculture’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map before ordering any plants online. You’ll discover a helpful guide, highlighting different climates in the U.S. and the most suitable varieties for each location. Once you’ve done your research, take your pick of any of these autumn-blooming beauties to enhance your garden.

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Balloon Flower


As its name suggests, these gorgeous flowers—which can be found in shades of

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