Security lights are common fixtures in many houses in Vancouver, brightening the night with artificial light. Security lighting serves to aid in the detection of intruders, to deter intruders, or in some cases simply to increase the feeling of safety.
Security lighting is mainly used in Vancouver as a preventive and corrective measure against intrusions or other criminal activity on private properties, but the lighting also serves to enrich the environmental design. Gardens in Vancouver are frequently subject to light shines coming from from a neighboring property or from the street. In those cases, the homeowner does not control the quality, intensity or duration of the light. The trees in the following list are a good fit to a metropolitan garden because they can help to improve both the houses’ security and the beauty of the landscape.
English holly (Ilex aquifolium) is native to Great Britain, Southern and Central Europe. It can grow up to 20-50 feet high and 10-20 feet wide. Its best placement is in full sun. Its leaves are dark-green and glossy with spiny edges. English Holly blooms in May with little white flowers and produces red berries in the fall and winter. It is suitable to live under security lights because its prickly leaves will irritate unsuspecting intruders. This plant may be invasive, so you may want to reduce the instances of birds spreading holly seeds where you do not want the plant to grow by trimming the plant before birds eat the berries.
Day neutral strawberries are insensitive to the number of daylight hours they receive. According to Purdue University’s William R. Chaney, the duration of uninterrupted darkness in a 24-hour cycle governs dormancy, shoot growth and flowering, among other things, in most plants. The strawberries will flower when they reach a specific size and the extra hours of light should not affect their development detrimentally. The University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension notes that day neutral strawberries flower throughout the summer months and into the fall.
Slender deutzia (Deutzia gracilis) is a slow-growing shrub. It grows to 2 to 4 feet high and width. It blooms in late May for about two weeks, with beautiful white flowers. It has very slender stems. Since slender deutzia grows slowly, even if the lights cause it to grow faster than it would otherwise grow, it will still not progress at a high rate. Slow-growing shrubs are also good choices for places where you use security lights because you can make quick assessments about disturbances when you are familiar with the landscape. Low-growing shrubs do not give intruders places to hide or create tall, distracting shadows.
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