The British are known for their love of gardening. Prince Charles talks to plants, the Chelsea Flower Show is the best-known garden show in the world, and more Brits are running allotments than ever before. Whether you’re a budding botanist or just enjoy some fun in the sun, the garden’s a great place to escape to, and there are endless ways to decorate and illuminate it with LEDs to make it more idyllic.

A trip to your local garden centre will give an idea of the decorative features available, and new LED technology provides even more options. For instance, if you have a particular plant you’d like to draw attention to, illuminate it with a NxtGen coloured bulb. Available in red, green and blue, these new GU10 bulbs feature an enhanced 60-degree beam angle for added focus.

LED lights also provide effective low-level lighting when installed in decking, driveways or paths. Opt for colour-changing bulbs and you can alter the garden’s mood at the flick of a switch. Better still, if you have a water feature in your garden, you can even purchase underwater LED spotlights. When combined with moving water, these LEDs will create a shimmering effect. Imagine how impressive this will look at night – you’ll be the envy of the street!

Finally, fans of gnomes should consider getting one holding an LED lantern. He’ll add personality to your garden by day, and he’ll light your way at night. Gnomes’ lanterns tend to be solar-powered too, so they’re cost-effective and good for the planet – so it’s not just your fingers that will be green!

These are just a few suggestions to get you started – with LEDs now so efficient and affordable, the ways of lighting up your garden are endless, and it doesn’t have to cost you the earth either.

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