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At Least 1 High-Impact Feature It’s worth considering splurging on at least one standout element that elevates your overall design, acting as a focal point, a functional feature or both. This can vary depending on your site and design, from a specially detailed shade pergola to a water feature or specimen tree. Add a steel feature in garden to also act as hand railing at front step. Heat and Landscape Lighting If you’re planning to enjoy your garden in the evening or like coming home to a softly lit outdoor space, sources of light and warmth can be well worth including in the design. “Lighting is worth the investment, as you get more time out of the day to enjoy your garden,” Sweeney says. For this Minneapolis cottage garden, she included lantern-style pathway lights as well as wall-mounted light fixtures on the home’s exterior to illuminate the garden at night. For long-lasting exterior lighting, look for LED and solar-powered lights and casings made of durable, outdoor-appropriate materials, treated for exposure to moisture.