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17 Illuminated Planters: How To Make A Glowing Romantic Backyard

Below you’ll find a wide range of selected illuminated planters to create a nighttime glow and a magical mood. Think of the places where you can add one. Also, these are not planters painted with glow in the dark paint!

We know that lighting design is critical. Lighting alone can transform and make a good photograph simply timeless.

This holds true for an outdoor space as well. You want the backyard or your garden to look inviting and comfortable.

Illuminated planters offer a good way to make your garden or backyard romantic, inviting and mood settling.

They are versatile, weather resistant, used indoor and outdoor plus they come in many different sizes and shapes.

Others which require power, limits their ability for placement in some spaces. Use them standalone around a pool, the entrance to a home, out on the patio or a variety of other locations.

What’s more exciting is, some of these outdoor lighting devices comes with a rechargeable battery and can be turned on and off using a remote control!

These planter pots may not look to be anything out of the ordinary, although the boston ferns display very well. They can act as a light source useful in multiple ways.

They are very attractive, and they can be used ordinarily as pots or double as an ice bucket when entertaining either indoor or outdoors. They’re eye-catching glow in the dark flower pots.

Bon Décor Round Pot Planter Illuminated Planters

This white planter design is simple but yet seems very elegant. It blends well with any surrounding, and the “glow” will surely make it the center of attention.

Luminous Solar Planters Adds Nighttime Magic

These solar power flower pots come in vivid and memorable colors that emit a slight glow to excite visual interest but still keep the attention on the plants (flowering impatiens). The glow does not entirely illuminate the patio either.

This outdoor planter made from a polyethylene material lights up and emphasizes the beauty of any of your treasured flowers whether it is night or day, making them a real centerpiece of your garden. It looks nice with a potted agave and a spiller of million bells flowers.

Create a geometrically and aesthetically pleasing theme for your garden at night with these outdoor planters that will light up your path.

Their square shapes will lend a modern touch to your outdoor space.

This pot is something that we don’t see every day. The pot looks to be part of the wall, saving space.

However, it limits what could be displayed. It can act as an ambient light source as well.

The pots have different sizes, but they serve the same function. They make and attractive low glow light source.

They complement the gabion wall well and the anthurium flowers I’m sure POP in person.

A row of decorative plastic buckets in a variety of colors sits in front of a river.

What is most interesting is how the color of each planter lights up the evening path that winds next to the river and captivates your imagination. A sure attention getter!

The illuminated planter is inviting. It’s a great way to light up the pool area, and easy on the eyes. The white bird of Paradise makes an excellent companion. It’s a much better solution than having plain lamps.

These solar lighted planters are a unique way to breathe new life into your garden.

Solar illuminated planters accent your yard with color and match with the plants that are inside them. They could look attractive placed on steps leading to the back of the house.

These outdoor planters have a form similar to a vase and will light up your bouquets at night, whether it be for a candle lit dinner or simply for enjoying the great outdoors at night. A great deck addition!

An attractive light planter with a black wrought iron frame and red clay pot and plate for overflow water is positioned to provide a non-symmetrical accent in front of a brick column on an outdoor stairway.

However, you did not notice any of that since your eyes moved right to the glowing planter!

I find the design of these planters to be unique, and they blend in nicely around your home. I love how they come in different sizes and shapes like many figerglass planters and bring life to any room.

The arrangement is unusual. Backyards often use lighting as part of the way to make a simply elegant statement.

Personally, I would not use these types of yucca plants like in this image as they could get a little top heavy.

These planters make an excellent addition to a pool area. This removes the need to use lighting that is out of place.

The pots can provide a space for plants and they can light up the pool area. A striking reflection with the light off the water.

Let these illuminated planters light up your walkway at night, allowing you to enjoy your flowers and other plants even when the sun has gone down. The plants could be small trimmed boxwood shrubs.

These illuminated planters will light up a patio and bring a sense of class to any setting while still keeping a relaxing atmosphere for all to enjoy. The cycad plant compliments the setting as it grows slowly.

Illuminated planters are an excellent way to hide your lighting solutions in an elegant way. It will draw attention to your main attractions instead of towards your lighting. The planter shape makes the planting of snake plants the perfect addition.

The solar powered terra cotta looking planter is very eye-catching, and it seems to glow right before your very eyes. It will surely to stand out in any garden. Notice the small solar panel to the right of the planter.

This planter bridges two different philosophies that often stand diametrically opposed: the classic beauty of in-home foliage and the clean, concise, simplicity of modernity. The illumination is both a source of warm placidity and a way to highlight ornamental plant life.

The garden lighting technology involved with illuminated planters appears to be fairly new. Over the next few years we’ll see prices come down and more LED flower pot lighting technology be introduced.

In this article, you’ll find a wide range of selected illuminated planters to create a nighttime glow and a magical mood. [LEARN MORE]

Light Guide

Light and Houseplants

Light is the fuel that powers our houseplants. It’s the vital ingredient needed for photosynthesis to take place and without it, growth is limited, slow or non existent.

The amount of light each plant needs varies and depends on the time of the year. So where as some plants will be quite happy with semi darkness permanently, others will only accept it for a limited time. Check our plant guide if you need any help with one particular houseplant.

The type of light levels you can find in a typical home vary considerably. The below drawing gives you some idea of what you could expect to find in a typical home. Note how the placement of windows and doors can make a huge difference. You’ll need to think and observe how the sun moves around your room to work out the type of light levels you have and how that changes during the day.

Drawing by LÉON & GEORGE showing examples of the different light levels you can find in a home
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The easiest and cheapest light you can provide is the natural kind, which is achieved in most cases by simply putting the plant near a suitable window.

If you don’t have much window space (potentially because you’ve amassed a significant number of green leaved friends), or have no choice but to pick a darker spot you can substitute natural light with artificial instead.

You won’t get away with using a normal table lamp for this though, if you’re use artificial light you’ll need a “grow light” or “plant light“. These types of lights have been designed to stimulate plant growth by emitting an electromagnetic spectrum appropriate for photosynthesis.

They’re specialised however, and as well as being moderately expensive to buy they’ll also be a drain on your electricity supply. We think artificial lights are great on a temporary basis, for example in the Winter months when natural light is limited, but at other times of the year you should really seek natural sources wherever possible. It’s free and the best quality for your plants.

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If you’re using artificial light you can put the plant anywhere you choose. However if you’re using natural light you’ll need to consider placement in more detail. Let us look at this in more detail.

Firstly remember that few homes face exactly in the direction of the four points of a compass (North, East, South, West) so your aspect may have a combination, i.e. South East or North West etc. Keep this in mind when browsing the section below.

North Facing Windows

Windows which face North never get sunlight coming through them. If the window is facing North East, or North West you’ll get some in the mornings / evenings especially during Summer. However even then for most of the day you’ll have the typical North facing aspect.

There isn’t anything inherently wrong with a North facing aspect providing your plant doesn’t demand partial or full sun as a lighting requirement.

Certain plants will absolutely thrive in this position, such as Aspidistra’s, English Ivy and many orchids. North facing windows also provide the most consistent levels of light throughout the day, so if you’re looking to grow begonias, or a foliage plant this could be the best spot for them.

The rooms that these windows belong to also tend to be the coldest. Without any sunlight this natural heat source is nonexistent. This goes hand in hand however, and the majority of plants that thrive in these locations also do so because it’s cooler.

East Facing Windows

It’s a good spot which a lot of plants will do well in, and others still, will adapt to

The Sun always rises in the East and therefore the East facing aspect gets the first weak rays of sunlight in the morning. Depending on the time of the year, direct sunlight has normally stopped shining through these windows by mid morning to midday.

East facing windows receive very good light levels and natural sources of heat without either being extreme.

Some plants which thrive in the North facing aspect may also do well here, but it’s likely they’ll need a little shielding, perhaps with the help of a partially closed blind. Ideal choices could be Echeveria or Jade Plants.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with a East facing aspect, it’s a good spot which a lot of houseplants will do well in, and others still, will adapt to.

South Facing Windows

As the Earth rotates during it’s 24 hour cycle, from late morning to mid afternoon the planet becomes closest to the sun. Therefore the strongest rays from the sun flow through South facing windows during this part of the day.

Plants which demand full sun will thrive here, it provides optimum levels of light for photosynthesis, so growth can be pretty fast. Plants which prefer shady or a North facing aspect should only be put in this window during the Winter months when the sunlight is less intense.

With all this bright light comes heat and it’s very easy for the area to become incredibly warm, even hot.

You must take this into account when putting houseplants here, as very few can tolerate a very hot temperature with very strong light for any great length of time. It’s true that many from the cacti family will do wonderfully in this type of environment, but this is arguably a waste of a fantastic location. If you provide ventilation and some shielding a large number of other houseplants can also make use of this brilliant light space.

West Facing Windows

As the afternoon rolls on, the sun will eventually start shinning through the West facing windows right up until the sun sets and darkness falls.

Like the East facing aspect, the sunlight is weaker than it would be around midday, but because the ambient temperature by this point of the day is likely to already be quite warm, overheating in these places can be a problem. Making sure ventilation is good and that the light becomes indirect. For example by hanging translucent / net curtains or closing blinds will drastically reduce overheating issues.

Great houseplants to put here are those which again love sun. These tend to be those which flower with many blooms along with almost all cacti and succulents. Others to consider are those that like some sun and warmth such as Coleus, Croton and Jasmine.

Other things to consider

It’s not always about which aspect you decide to pick for your plant. There are other things which may play a part in your final decision

What’s outside the window?

Yes a South facing aspect would provide the most light, but only if it isn’t shaded by things naturally outside. For example a tree, large shrub or even man made objects such as other buildings can obstruct light.

What’s hanging inside the window?

It’s not always convenient to have open and bare windows. A lot of people would rather not be overlooked by their neighbours, and you may be worried about security if anyone walking past can see what you have inside your home.

Blinds will change the dynamic of the light levels

If the window is heavily shielded, then the light dynamic will drastically change. The South facing window may become darker and cooler, meaning the location opens up to a greater variety of plants. On the other hand, heavy shielding in a East facing window may become unsuitable for plants which need some direct sunlight.

What’s on the window glass?

We all love clean shining windows and so do plants. Believe it or not, really grubby windows can act like a filter and reduce the amount of light that comes through by up to 10%. Be sure to keep them clean!

How far from the window are your plants?

If we pretend plants pushed right up against a window get 100% of the light that is coming through, then placing the plant on a table by the window might reduce this to 75%. The deeper into the room and further away from the window the plant is, the less light it will receive.

What’s around your plant

Reflective surfaces such as mirrors, or white objects near by, will bounce and reflect light around the plant more than if they weren’t there. This is a great way to maximise the amount of light in a room, especially if it’s low to start with.

Warning Signs

If the light levels aren’t right, over time your plants will tell you:

Too much light

  • Leaves curling.
  • Leaves wilting, especially when the light is shinning on them.
  • Leaves fading, becoming less green.
  • Leaves becoming scorched or turning brown.
  • New leaves are much smaller than the existing ones.

Too little light

  • Leaves turning yellow or pale.
  • Variegated leaves losing the variegation.
  • Plant becomes spindly, bending towards the window.
  • No flowers.
  • No growth in the growing seasons.
  • Plant dropping older leaves and new ones are less and smaller.

Unfortunately a lot of the warning signs above are common with several other problems. So if you spot any of the above symptoms by all means consider if the light needs are right, but also bear in mind another cause may be to blame.

Light problems often take a while to develop, for example if you’re not providing enough light, the leaf variegation won’t be lost overnight, it would gradually fade over several weeks or even months. So if the problem’s come on quickly it could again be caused by something else.

Credit for the first picture of the light bulb Valeriya
Credit for the plants in the north facing window – Daria Shevtsova
Credit for the houseplants being grown in a box next to a window – Valeriya
Credit for the photo of potted plants in a window to Walter J. Pilsak

About the Author

Over the last 20 years Tom has successfully owned hundreds of houseplants and is always happy to share knowledge and lend his horticulture skills to those in need. He is the main content writer for the Ourhouseplants Team.

Our light guide tells you about north, east, south and west facing windows and provides some things to think about when chosing where to place your plant ]]>