Best Garden Lanterns 2022: Hanging, Wicker, and Wire Styles


Long summer evenings mean one thing; lots of time outside in the garden, sucking up the last bit of vitamin D and enjoying happy hour at sunset.

The scenery is crucial. Whether you’re throwing an al fresco dinner party, roasting marshmallows on the BBQ or relaxing with an iced glass of rose, you want to make the most of balmy nights and create a homely ambience with the right lighting.

Garden lanterns can make all the difference – they can add the finishing touch with a shimmer here, a sparkle there or even as a big highlight in the center of the table. There are so many different types to choose from – large or small, rattan or glass, candles or lightbulbs – to hang or dangle, place on paths or on your patio furniture.

Whichever you choose, light it up and settle in for an evening of summer magic, ready to impress all your guests.

Check out our selection of the best garden lanterns for the ultimate mood lighting.

John Lewis & Partners Harmony LED Color Changing Outdoor Lantern

John Lewis

Create the ultimate outdoor ambiance with these colour-changing lanterns. Choose from the gorgeous agave, mustard or gray palette and use the remote control to watch the lantern’s built-in LED light bulb gradually cycle through seven different colors – or stick to just one to set the mood you want. Batteries last up to eight hours, so stay outdoors on those long summer evenings.

Sainsbury’s Home Sahara Battery Faux Rattan Large Lantern


This classic wicker effect lantern from the Sainsbury’s Home range brings a boho-chic vibe to brighten up those balmy evenings. Treat yourself to two and spread them around the garden or use them as a centerpiece on a garden table to dine and dine in style in the great outdoors. Bonus – it’s solar powered so you can make good use of the sun of the day.

Solar powered LED lantern


Choose one of the colourful, whimsical designs – green diamond, turquoise oval, gold globe and purple balloon to name a few – and adorn these creations in the trees, hang them above your outdoor seating area or simply display them their stands on the table for a beautiful garden scene. An eclectic mix of shapes and hues looks great and will be a real spectacle for all your dinner party guests.

Cox & Cox solar tube lantern

Helmsman & Helmsman

This cute little rustic lantern provides six hours of light and creates a beautiful natural hue with its warm white LED bulb. Hang it by the handle for overhead lighting, or place it on the floor or table for evening light with the braided cane-effect design.

Robert Dya’s Smart Solar Damask Lantern

Robert Dias

This stylish lantern lights up automatically at dusk with its auto-switching function and gently shimmers throughout the evening. Note the pretty pattern that shows through. Leave them in the sun during the day to charge the batteries via the solar panel and they will never run out of light.

Broste Goran Black Bamboo Lantern


Put your favorite candle in the deep black Broste lantern and illuminate your outdoor area with cozy light. The curved bamboo lantern evokes a natural atmosphere with a modern touch that adds a stylish touch.

H&M seaweed candle lantern


An affordable option from H&M, this color neutral lantern has a small glass holder inside, perfect for your tealights or candles. The twisted seagrass fabric gives a very ornate look with a boho vibe and hangs beautifully from trees or on the patio steps.

OxyLed solar garden lantern


Create an enchanting garden with this elegant Moroccan-style ornament and shine for six to eight hours of warming light. It’s easy to use, waterproof – so it can withstand the uncertainty of the UK summer – and is eco-friendly, being charged via solar panels during the day.

Bowen black garden lantern


Clear glass panels and a matte black finish create a simple yet highly effective accent lantern for your outdoor space. The modern design is sleek and sophisticated, and with the flickering white TruGlow candle inside, you get a beautiful flame that looks ‘just lit’. An enchanting touch to evening sunsets.

Argos Home Solar Mini Wire Lanterns – Pack of 4


Scatter these mini wire lanterns around your garden and watch them twinkle all night long. Hang them from branches, fences or parasols by their handles and enjoy their spiral shapes that shine at dusk. The lights should last up to six hours if they were charged with solar power.


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