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Interiors writer Sarah Slade shares some illuminating ideas for gardens great and small

John Lewis Salina Solar Outdoor Lights, Set of 4

Create an inviting atmosphere in the garden by layering light, just like you would indoors.

- Start with sculptural, floor-standing lanterns to cast cosy shadows

- Position wall lamps for practicality

- Take advantage of tree height to throw the glow further: decorate branches with a simple string of lights, or suspend a pretty glass lantern above a tableherbs like mint, rosemary and basil. Top with fresh lemonade for a simple cooler.

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Define a pathway with bright torch lighting

- This makes it safer for guests to prevent slips and trips

- It’s an effective way to trim paving in place of plants

- Consider buying enough to light the way to a focal point, such as a pond - just space stakes evenly to create a uniform look

In a small garden go for an understated lighting scheme to maintain a sense of tranquillity

- Sleek, wall-mounted uplighters and downlighters conceal bulbs within to achieve subtle washes of light

- You could even opt for decadent dark-coloured metal designs and stain the surrounding woodwork to match so that they blend seamlessly into the background

John Lewis Sabrebeam Outdoor Wall Light
£40.00 - £48.00

John Lewis Cabot Lattice Solar Lantern
£10.00 - £15.00

Highlight shrubbery by hanging a light source directly above

- A contemporary metallic wall lantern will contrast beautifully with greenery during the day and make a feature of plants at night

- Alternatively choose a linear box light that allows shapely leaves to shine

ASTRO Montparnasse Lantern Wall Light

Philips Karp LED Outdoor Wall Light

Think about how you really use your outdoor space

- If you regularly prep and cook food outside, invest in designs that give proper task lighting and get a professional to wire them in exactly where needed

- Just want to curl up with a nightcap? Take a simple solar lantern into the garden on balmy summer evenings

John Lewis Solar LED Hanging Lantern

Watch our video for more inspiration

If you're looking for ideas on what sort of lighting to choose for your outdoor space, our video will help you feel inspired.