The best garden lighting to transform your outdoor space

Retail sales stats tell us that we’ve all bought a lot of garden furniture in the last couple years. Thanks to lockdown (after lockdown) confining us to our homes, we all understandably redirected that unused holiday fund (sob) towards sprucing up our gardens and outside spaces instead.

And, even though we can all go out and about again this summer, it seems the trend for entertaining at home hasn’t waned. If you’re still working on your garden to get it guest-ready, you might want to consider investing in a fire pit or chiminea to keep yourself and your guests warm after dark, buying a new barbecue so you can grill up a feast or some new outdoor tableware to create ultimate tablescape.

But the best way to transform your outside space (even if that’s just a balcony) after dark is with lighting. Practical, yes, but essential doesn’t have to mean unsightly. Our picks of the best below prove that garden lighting can be affordable, stunning and useful (without a bog-standard fairy light in sight).

The best garden lighting to transform your outdoor space

filament bulb string lights
Lighting Direct

Connectable filament bulb LED festoon lights – 10 lights, £22.49 (was £24.99), Lighting Direct

With large statement bulbs like these, you only need a few to make an impact.

bee string lights
Lights 4 Fun

20 Bee Outdoor Micro Fairy Lights, £6.99, Lights 4 Fun

More decorative than functional, but we couldn’t resist the thought of these buzzing little bees adorning a hedge or bush.

multicoloured string lights
Habitat

Garden by Sainsbury’s 50 Berry Solar String Lights, £13, Habitat

A string of multicoloured lights will bring some much-needed colour to the after-dark hours.

Wisteria string lights
Dunelm

Set of 6 LED Solar Purple Outdoor Wisteria Cluster Lights, £22, Dunelm

Faux wisteria lights bring a touch of whimsy to your outdoor space and they look very natural here hanging from an umbrella.

Solar spotlights
Argos

Garden by Sainsbury’s Set of 4 Black Solar Spotlights, £20, Argos

Cast light wherever you like with these moveable solar-powered spotlights.

mushroom solar lights
Lights 4 Fun

3 Mushroom Solar Stake Lights, £19.99, Lights 4 Fun

Bring some fairytale magic to your garden with these light up toadstools. They’ll even work if all you have is a balcony – just stick them in a plant pot.

solar powered paper lanterns
Not On The High Street

Solar Powered LED Lantern Light, £39.95, Not on The High Street

Intricate lanterns that automatically turn on at dusk and off at dawn, plus they’re made from a durable material called Tyvek®, which is resistant to water, abrasion, bacterial penetration and ageing.

teal LED lantern
John Lewis

John Lewis & Partners Harmony LED Colour Changing Outdoor Lantern, £48, John Lewis

Not only does this outdoor lantern also come in mustard and grey, the LED light is colour-changing so you can set whatever mood you like.

garden rope light
Wayfair

Mathew LED Garden Rope Light, £14.99, Wayfair

This lit up rope would be perfect alongside a garden path, or try wrapping it around a tree trunk or pergola posts.

fairy light lantern
Cox & Cox

Solar Wire Lights Lantern, £40, Cox & Cox

This lantern is filled with fairy lights for a sweet and delicate take on the garden lighting trend.