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Integrate your light post into your yard with landscaping. (glowing lamp post image by Gordon Adams from Fotolia.com)

Light posts look great in a yard. They add a stately touch to your landscape and light the way for guests. But a light post that is just sticking out of the lawn can look a bit contrived. Adding a bit of well-planned landscaping around the post could be all you need to integrate the light into your landscape and create a more inviting look to your lawn.

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Climbing Vines

One good idea for adding a natural touch to your light post is to train a climbing plant up the post. According to ThriftyFun.com, depending on the type of vine you choose, the plant may readily climb the light post without any help. Vines like English ivy or Virginia creeper can do this. Other vines, such as morning glory or clematis, will need something to hang on to. This can be accomplished by fastening a frame of chicken wire around the post so that the vine has support for upward movement. Vines look great growing up a lamppost, but you must be careful to keep them trimmed so that they don't interfere with the light itself.

If you choose to grow a vine on your light post, try adding a few plants at the base to create a smooth transition from lawn to vine to post. Use flowering bulbs for spring colour and summer and fall blooming perennials that are relatively short in stature for an easy-care and attractive garden.

For example, if you are growing a pink-blooming clematis vine on your light post, plant the soft rose-coloured Hush Little Baby daylily and white candytuft for a simple, yet pretty light post garden. Add some tulip, hyacinth or crocus bulbs for spring interest to complete the light post garden.

Perennial Welcome

A low-maintenance garden might be all that you need to landscape a light post in your yard. You can make the garden as small or large as you like. Keeping things easy to care for will save you time and energy when it comes to maintenance. According to the book, "Step-by-Step Low-Maintenance Gardens," plants that are low-maintenance tend to be perennial plants that are native to or well-adapted to your area.

An example of plants for a perennial garden for a light post could be an ornamental grass such as blue switch grass planted around the post, complimented by blackjack or autumn joy sedum, and lilac cranesbill. Always plant taller plants around the light post, using gradually shorter plants as you move outward.

Clean and Simple

It is not necessary to create an elaborate flower garden around your post. Sometimes a very simple theme works well as a way to landscape a lamppost. A simple bed planted with a border of well-trimmed short shrubs such as boxwood or holly with an interior of daylilies in one colour, or a tall variety of Shasta daisy, such as Becky, makes a cheerful, yet clean and neat statement.

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