The Decorator’s Guide To A Solar Garden

In California, our gardens are peaceful retreats with magical allure.  We spend almost as much time enhancing the beauty of our backyards as we spend enjoying them. Decorative solar garden lights and accents can create enchanting ambiance and are an easy way to beautify your outdoor space.

Beautiful and decorative solar garden lily lights
Glowing Solar Lily Lights At Night

Decorate with these beautiful solar powered garden lights to add a soft touch of color and glow. Turn ordinary garden lights into energy efficient works of art. There’s a wide variety of styles, options, and features, and the quality of artistry is breathtaking. Solar lights are simple to install, and go off and on automatically, staying lit for up to 8 hours. How easy is that?

Mosaic solar garden stake lights
Handcrafted Solar Mosaic Globe Lights At Sunset

Solar garden lights come in many decorative, whimsical styles. Our Decorator’s Guide walks you through many beautiful styles available and gives you pro tips and suggestions to help with your solar lighting decor decisions.

Pros & Cons of Solar Lights

Easy Installation with no wiringNeeds direct sunlight
Automatically turn on at dusk and off at dawnOperating time can’t be controlled
Saves money over time with free energyLights may be weak due to weather
Lights can go anywhere, no outlet neededBattery life & replaceability vary
Wide variety of styles, colors, and themes availableThe brightness of lights may be limited

Clearly the benefits outweigh the drawbacks! No need to hassle with the expense and headache of running wires all over your yard just to embellish a favorite spot. Solar garden lights make it easy to add a decorative touch or have a spectacular show of lights in your garden at night. Scroll through our favorite picks below for ideas. To maintain your lights, be sure to read How To Clean & Care For Solar Lights In 3 Easy Steps.

Beautiful solar flower garden lights glowing in a yard

The Definitive Guide To Decorative Solar Garden Lights

4 Decorative Styles And Themes

If you’re in a hurry… Take a look at these amazing solar garden lights!

1. Solar Flower Accent Lights

Beautiful by day or night, these lights capture the heart of gardeners and everyone else. When your flowers are out of season, your solar flowers will still enhance your garden. Use them as pretty pathway lights or fill an outdoor garden bed. Here are the best solar flower lights by style.

The Best Solar Lily Flowers

KOOPER Outdoor Solar Lights, 8 Pack Solar Garden Lights with Bigger Lily Flowers, Waterproof 7 Color Changing Outdoor Lights - Bigger Solar Panel for Outdoor Patio Yard Garden Decoration

Solar Lily Flowers

  • These gorgeous and highly rated lilies cycle through 7 colors
  • Powerful but discreet solar panel
  • Easy to assemble with flexible wire arms
  • Water resistant and well made
  • Beautiful both day and night
  • Pack of 4 or 8

Veesee 2 Packs Upgrade Solar Calla Lily Lights Outdoor Garden Stake Light, Color Changing Solar Powered LED Lily Lights for Christmas Gift Wedding Party Outdoor(Blue)

Blue Solar Calla Lilies

  • The lilies are stunning blue and also come in other colors
  • High quality solar panel for more power
  • Stems and leaves made of iron wire for flexible durability
  • Stainless Steel Stem
  • 30″ in height
  • 2 pack of lilies

The Best Solar Rose Flowers

RECHOO Solar Garden Lights Outdoor Decorative, 3 Pack Solar Garden Lights with 15 Rose Flowers, Multi-Color Changing LED Waterproof Solar Powered Garden Decor for Patio Yard Pathway Decoration

Solar Rose Lights

  • People will think they’re real flowers
  • 7 Color Changing Solar Garden Lights
  • High-quality solar panel performs well
  • Ethereal, soft glow at night
  • Up to 8 hours when charged
  • 1 stake with 5 flowers on the stem

[Upgraded 6 Flowers] Solar Powered Decorative Rose Garden Stake Lights, Waterproof Realistic Artificial Flowers for Outdoor Flower Bed Patio Yard Pathway Memorial Cemetery Grave Decorations, Blue

Blue Rose Lights

  • High-quality material to withstand weather
  • Also available in 3 other pretty colors
  • Lovely light blue by day
  • Deep blue glow at night
  • Up to 8 hours when charged
  • 1 stake with 6 flowers on the stem

The Best Solar Exotic Flowers

Solar bird of paradise in a garden

  • Durable acrylic with rustic bronze finish
  • Waterproof and weather-resistant
  • Handcrafted bird of paradise glows in amber
  • Stems have a classic, metallic appearance
  • Rechargeable and replaceable battery
  • Easy to assemble and sturdy
  • Realistic solar flowers
  • 1 stake with 2 flowers on the stem
  • Tropical vibe and ambiance

Retisee 6 Pieces Solar Lights Solar Flowers Lights Outdoor LED Garden Waterproof Decorative Hyacinth Two Lighting Modes for Yard Garden Decoration and Gift for Mother

Pretty Hyacinth Lights

  • Realistic and life-like
  • 6 Beautiful colors included
  • High-quality, durable material
  • 8 – 12 hours when charged
  • Perfect for pathways

ALANAS Outdoor Solar Decorate Light, 2 Pack Dendrobium Orchid Garden Stake Lights with 7 Flowers, Waterproof LED Solar Powered Lights for Patio, Pathway, Courtyard, Garden Law.

Dendrobium Orchid Lights

  • Realistic and life-like texture
  • 2 pack of orchid lights with 6 flowers each
  • High-quality, fade-proof fabric
  • 32″ tall
  • 6-8 hours when charged

2. Solar Garden Gazing Ball Lights

The first garden decoration I got when I bought my first home was a mirrored gazing ball. I can’t imagine it being cooler than it was, but had it been solar-powered landscape lighting, it easily would’ve been. When you see my picks for best outdoor garden lights, you’ll understand!

The Best Mosaic Glass Ball Lights

Aukora Color Changing Solar Powered Glass Ball Garden Lights, Table Lights Waterproof Led Night Light for Garden, Patio, Party, Yard, Outdoor/Indoor Decorations, Ideal Gift(Mosaic Glass)

Mosaic Solar Gazing Ball

  • Color cycling with stunning combinations
  • Beautiful both day and night
  • High-Efficiency solar technology
  • Real glass mosaic aesthetics
  • Perfect for flower beds or tables
  • 2 modes: Steady white and color changing

Aukora Color Changing Solar Powered Glass Ball Garden Lights, Solar Table Lights Waterproof Solar Led Night Light for Garden, Patio, Party, Yard, Outdoor/Indoor Decorations, Ideal Gift(Crack Glass)

Color Changing Crackled Glass Ball

  • Crackled Glass Design Aesthetics
  • Long-lasting solar components
  • Beautiful day and night
  • Good-quality, thick glass
  • Perfect for outdoor weather conditions
  • 2 modes: Steady white light or color changing

Solar Garden Lights Outdoor Decorative - Solar Gazing Ball Mosaic Garden Stakes Decorative Waterproof Outdoor Lights for Pathway Yard Lawn Decoration (Green)

Mosaic Gazing Ball

  • Artful, kaleidoscopic display
  • Long-lasting solar components
  • Gorgeous & colorful mosaic glass
  • Good-quality, thick glass
  • Perfect for outdoor weather conditions

3. Solar Animal Lights

From dogs to cats, birds to turtles, solar animal lights make everyone smile!

Nacome Solar Garden Outdoor Statues Turtle with Succulent and 7 LED Lights - Lawn Decor Tortoise Statue for Patio, Balcony, Yard Ornament - Unique Housewarming Gifts

Turtle With Succulents

  • Whimsical and luminous
  • Highly-detailed polyresin
  • Warm white LED lights
  • 9″W x 9.5″H x 2″D
  • Flowers light up at night
  • Adorable, friendly turtle

VP Home Chillaxing Welcome Puppy Dog Solar Powered LED Outdoor Decor Garden Light Outdoor Decor Garden Light Welcome Chillax Puppy Statues Outdoor Funny Figurine Decor for Outside Patio, Yard, Lawn

Chillaxing Welcome Puppy Dog

  • Adorable polyresin puppy figurine
  • Light glows on the pup brightly
  • High-quality workmanship
  • Kids love this light
  • The solar panel is cleverly hidden in the tire design
  • Cute both day & night

Qeeman Solar Garden Statue Cat Figurine- Garden Art with Solar Lantern, Loving Cat for Patio,Balcony,Yard, Lawn-Unique Housewarming Gift for Garden Mom Grandma

Cat with Solar Light

  • Beautiful & Detailed Happy Cat
  • Solar panel cleverly hidden on lantern
  • Durable resin for outdoor weather
  • Solar lantern glows at night
  • Measures: 11¾ “L x 7″W x 14″h
  • Perfect choice for the porch

Paw Print Solar Outdoor Lights, Solar Lights Outdoor Waterproof Dog Paw Lights(Set of 4), Cat Puppy Animal Garden Lights Path Paw Lamp Walkway Lighting for Patio,Yard,Any Pet Lover(Solar White paw)

Solar Paw Print Lights

  • 4 paw print lights
  • Press into grass or soil
  • Bright white LED lights
  • Paws measure 3.5 x 3.5 inches
  • 30 inches of cord to solar receptor
  • 33 inches of cord between each paw
  • Cute walkway lights for paths

Nacome Solar Garden Outdoor Statues Bunny with Succulent and 7 LED Lights – Outdoor Lawn Decor Garden Rabbit Statue for Patio, Balcony, Yard, Lawn Ornament - Unique Housewarming Gifts

Bunny with Succulent Flowers

  • Exquisite workmanship
  • Perfect for Easter and Spring
  • Warm white LED light
  • Cute and matches the turtle with succulents

If you love wildlife in your garden, you’ll love these beautiful solar bird bath fountains.

4. Artisan Solar Garden Lights

Unique and artistically designed solar lights can create your dream garden. With these one-of-a-kind designs featuring color-glowing glass and elegant metal sculptures, you’ll have an enchanted garden.

Our Top Picks For Best Decorative Artisan Lights

Huaxu Solar Light Outdoor Metal Glass Decorative Waterproof Garden Light LED Lotus Flower Table Lamp

Solar Lotus Light

  • Uniquely designed with glass and metal
  • Blue gradient metal petals
  •  Lovely amber flower core crackled glass
  • Gorgeous both on and off
  • High-quality metal & durable glass
  • Available in many other colors

Exhart Outdoor Garden Solar Lights, Tear-Shaped Glass and Metal Hanging Lantern, 15 Firefly LED Lights, 7 x 24 Inch, Blue

Handblown Hanging Garden Light

  • Dangling blue tear-shaped glass
  • Expertly crafted caged-metal frame
  • Firefly LED fairy string lights inside
  • 12″ hanging chain included
  • Solar panel hidden on top
  • 24″ long
Hand blown blue and green solar lights in teardrop shapes, 3 on a garden path

Glass Solar Lighted Tear Drops

  • Set of three glass drop sculptures
  • One small, one medium, one large
  • Mottled blue and green pattern
  • Dual internal solar panels
  • Beautiful multi-colored glass teardrops
  • See their beauty in the video below

EPROSMIN Solar Outdoor Garden Lights - Solar Powered Pathway Lights Outdoor Decorative Lights Waterproof Crackle Glass Globe Led Landscape Lighting for Pathway,Yard,Lawn,Patio Stars Moon

Moon & Stars Solar Lights

  • Stylish design
  • Ideal solar pathway light
  • Crackled glass globe
  • Beautiful day & night
  • Durable & weatherproof
  • It casts an intricate shadow

Afirst Solar Outdoor Lights Decorative - Solar Garden Stake Lights Flamingo Handblown Glass Garden Stakes Garden Pathway Lights Outdoor Waterproof Glass Stakes

Handblown Flamingo Solar Light

  • Beautiful handblown glass sculpture
  • Unique and elegant design
  • Ice-pink glass on a black metal stake
  • Well-constructed and sturdy
  • Durable & weatherproof
  • Festive and charming

VOOKRY Solar Watering Can Lights, Large Hanging Solar Lantern Waterproof Outdoor Garden Decor for Yard Porch Landscape Patio Gardening Housewarming Gifts for Mom Women Grandma Birthday

Watering Can Lights

  • The can has a beautiful retro design
  • 3′ light wire can be easily bent and shaped
  • Lights pour out like water flowing
  • Perfect for flower beds
  • Includes a shepherd’s hook to hang it on
  • It has a larger, upgraded solar panel

HOMEIMPRO Outdoor Solar Lights Garden Stake Lights, Crackle Glass Globe,Waterproof LED Christmas Gift Fairy Lights for Pathway,Lawn,Patio or Courtyard (Bronze)

Decorative garden stake light

  • Sculptural and elegant design
  • Luminescent crackled glass
  • Warm white LED for ambiance
  • 40″ tall
  • Bronze metal with filigree cutout
  • Unique & pretty shadows cast

Exhart Garden Solar Lights, Set of 2 Decorative Bubble Garden Stakes, Color Changing LED, Outdoor Garden and Yard Decoration, 2.5 x 34 Inch, Cylinder

Solar Bubble Tube Lights

  • Bubbling acrylic design
  • 2-pack color-changing lights
  • Aquatic motif stuns by the pool
  • 28″ tall, perfect for flower beds
  • UV-treated metal base and stake

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