Happy Monday and welcome to this week's installment of “Not of the garden variety," a weekly, product-centric series that's all about exceptional, agrarian-minded outdoor living accessories and odds and ends — items for in and around the garden that you won't find in the backyards of every Tom, Dick and Harry.

This week's edition is all about products that illuminate your garden during the "off" hours — a time when you've finished toiling in the soil and retired the clawed cultivator and watering can, replaced by a carafe of libations and some chill-out music — Sade anyone? — playing softly in the background. Because, after all, a garden isn't always just a place for growing crops ... it's also a primo spot to relax and unwind during the evening hours provided that you aren't fumbling around in the darkness. Below you'll find an array of outdoor lighting options ranging from Japanese solar lanterns to citronella candles that will help you stay on the path and out of the flowerbed during after-hour garden parties. 

For a complete list of past "Not of the garden variety" posts, scroll down to the bottom of this page. I'll be completing the series within the next few weeks so if there's any type of gardening/outdoor living product that you'd like to see featured, please do tell in the comments section. 

Cargo Pendant String Light @ Restoration Hardware ($69)

Carter & Cunningham Candle Pot @ West Elm ($16)

Recycled Glass Shade Lantern @ Pottery Barn ($59.99)

Solar Shoji Lanterns @ Gaiam ($79/3)

Luau Portable Lamp @ Design Within Reach ($198)

Mini Garden Torch Lights @ Terrain ($28)

Solar Sputnik Light by IDEA International @ A+R Store ($22)

Smart Solar Coppper Sentinella bollard lights @ Target ($149.99)


Polka Dot Solar Lantern @ UncommonGoods ($29) 

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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Not of the garden variety: Outdoor lighting
Illuminate your backyard veggie plot/chill-out space during the evening hours with solar powered lanterns, portable LED lamps and other forms of outdoor mood li