Gardeners Supply Company stocks many types of outdoor solar lights such as these globes that change color throughout the night. (Photo courtesy Gardeners Supply Company)

By Suzanne Sproul | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: April 30, 2017 at 11:09 am | UPDATED: April 30, 2017 at 11:57 am

Summer evenings — perfect for al fresco dining and entertaining — will soon be here. And whether it’s for a family get-together for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, a graduation blowout bash or any other celebration, the backyard can be a wonderful place to entertain guests. It’s a setting that allows for bringing people together on a more personal level without the need to keep everything super-tidy.

One outdoor decor element that’s practical, and can be whimsical, is the lighting.

“Great surroundings really aren’t about the money. The outdoor area is about style,” said Teryl Ciarlo of Teryl Designs. “My dream garden is formal, surrounded by trees twinkling with the light of romantic hanging lanterns. A long farmhouse table sits atop clean gray gravel, inviting guests to gather and enjoy an outdoor fireplace. We’re surrounded by rows of manicured grass, climbing roses, clean boxwood hedge and a bench for a vantage point.”

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