Your Life: Shopping: LIGHT FANTASTIC

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Byline: Pippa Greenwood

YOUR garden is the perfect place to while away the long, summer evenings and the right lighting can turn the humblest plot into a fairytale hideaway.

There are a host of options available, some on a huge scale, but many more will light up your patch without breaking the bank. Whether you want to plug in to mains-operated, low-voltage, solar or simple candle flames, there's a treat in store for your garden and for you:

1 THE Star lantern from the Stiffkey Lamp Shop in Norfolk is a gorgeous-looking brass and glass lantern in a three-dimensional star shape, perfect for turning your garden into a magical spot to spend an evening. It is completely weatherproof and low-voltage. An individual lantern costs pounds 48.50, or pounds 52.50 complete with a pole or bracket.

2THE 3m Aluminium Banana Parasol with light from Argos comes complete with blue parasol/canopy and a silvery grey shaft. pounds 49.99 including cable and transformer, it's a feature in itself.

3TO create a romantic effect take a look at B&Q's Orika Wire Ball Party Light set. With 20 spherical lights on 6m of cable, these low-voltage lights are really good value at pounds 14.98.

4Simple but effective, the stainless steel solar garden light on a spike from Argos costs pounds 9.99 and, because it is solar-powered, there is no need for cabling or electrical installation works - and no running costs either.

5 IF even in the middle of summer you hanker after the glitter of Christmas, the Argos Gazebo Fairy Lights are a real delight and at pounds 14. …