How to Make Your Garden Glow

I love when people use holiday string lights in their gardens. Here's one idea you may not have seen before.
It’s certainly not unusual to see people using clear Christmas string lights in their yard....I've seen them encircling bushes, wrapped around tree trunks, draped from branches, embellishing orbs...

But I have another way to use these lights that I haven’t seen posted yet:

I light my ground cover.
If you have pachysandra, english ivy, or some other dense, sturdy plant in your landscape, you can light yours, too. Hands down, it’s a favorite thing about our yard.
I know some gardeners consider pachysandra to be an overused ground cover, but it’s sturdy through every season and is the perfect host for this type of garden lighting.
It's not rocket science.... In fact–considering how simple it was to do–it’s ironic that it's the one thing about our yard that generates the most compliments.

Visit the link at the end of this post for more details on how we set the lights up in our yard.
I’ve tried to capture the effect in pictures, but it is SO much prettier in person because the lights work their way down into the plants and, as you walk along, new lights pop up and others get obscured by the surrounding leaves.
The effect is magical… at least we think so.

(And it's inspired us to add more lighting to the if you like this type of project: stay tuned! There's another post in the works. )
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