southern plants

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Mike M, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This I already know: many tropicals of the light green variety are translucent and glow nicely straight through the foliage, and the ideal evergreen and deciduous trees have light bark, open branches, and finer leaves.

    My question is, short of skipping certain plant material alltogether, does anyone have recommendations on illuminating sago palms, and maybe magnolias?

    Thanks,

    Mike M.
     
  2. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
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    I always try to illuminate Segos from above. The leaves are quite shiny and give off a nice shimmer. Magnolias can be a bit more tricky. You need several fixtures to do it right. You need to use a combination of cross lighting and grazing. I really love the magnolias with the orange color under the leaves, they look almost on fire at night.
     
  3. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The orange color under the leaves is called "russetting". (Like the potato, not like iron oxide.)
     
  4. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
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    I used to avoid lighting magnolias until I lit a small one in a garden and it turned out to be a very nice focal point. Since then I light em all!!
     
  5. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    For the Sagos, BTW, I have usually backlit them, depending on where they are... downlighting, them if the situation permits, would be interesting, because they are somewhat glossy.
     
  6. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
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    weve lit a couple sagos. used a bullet with a 20 watt bulb. looked real good.
     
  7. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I used to avoid lighting magnolias until I lit a small one in a garden and it turned out to be a very nice focal point. Since then I light em all

    That's cool. I'll experiment with them.

    I noticed if lighting sago's they require multiple stake lights. I'll hit them with down lights, if available.

    Other tricky plants include big oleandars and other big bushy weedy looking plants.
     
  8. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
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    There is a franchise company here that has a copper path-light with only half of a lamp-shade. The front of the pathlight illuminates the ground cover, while the back half provides for a wash effect across situations like sagos. Anyone else seen the fixture I'm talking about? I have to say that I do like this fixture as it would come in very handy in several situations.
     
  9. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
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    I've never seen that one Chris, is it from OLP or something?
     
  10. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
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    The franchise is called Lightscapes, but I think they are somehow connected to OLP. It's possible that OLP is a sister company or something like that. I know he used to use a lot of Unique products, but he may have somehow been released from his franchise obligations. I really don't know the story behind them, but I do know they are (or were) a franchise.
     

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