Garden candles for an ambient glow outdoors

The best candles for setting the mood in your outdoor space.

Lit candles and lanterns hanging off a tree outdoors

by Angelica Daujotas |

There's nothing quite like a warm summer evening spent outdoors with a drink in your hand. Made even more serene with the addition of a few gorgeous garden candles, your perfect summer nights are just an online order away.

Candles are perfect for creating the perfect ambience outdoors, with their gentle flicker and multiple scents to choose from, a beautiful backyard retreat is complete with some candles.

On top of looking great, outdoor candles can be ideal to use all year round as a bug repellent. Candles infused with a Citronella scent are really effective, both indoors and outdoors, at keeping pesky flies, mosquitoes and bugs away. With several on your patio or alfresco dining set-up, you'll be sure to be left in peace to enjoy your time outdoors, without the worry of bugs invading your retreat.

Now you're also not limited to your average burning candles, LED candles are a great alternative if you're worried the British weather will betray us one night. Outdoor LED candles are water-resistant and weatherproof, so not even the rain can ruin the night as long as you're covered by a parasol.

We've rounded up some of our favourite garden candles available to order online, from citronella scents, to Truglow LED candles that flicker just like real ones, you'll find the right outdoor garden candle for you in our selection.

Shop our pick of the best garden candles below

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Purchase a candle that looks as good as it smells. From its abstract willow pattern influence to its pure soy wax, this pack of two will be an incredible garden feature. If you're hosting a garden party or BBQ, its fragrance will keep away pesky mosquitoes, flies and bugs. Trust me - it works, and you won't be disappointed.

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Review: "Wow! Just WOW! After struggling in the heatwave we've been having recently, we were most distressed to see an influx of flies in our house. At a time when you have to have your windows open during the day to cool down, it seemed that there was no way we would be able to get rid of the flies... but then..... we found these fantastic straight from heaven citronella soy candles!!! Now as an avid candle lover, I just want to mention how gorgeous these candles are. They come in a beautiful box and tin and make a great feature in any room. However, more importantly, they WORK!"

Bring a touch of elegance into your outdoor space with this classic trio of large lanterns, fitted with a trio of realistic glow candles. These candles are perfect for making a statement and creating a warm and inviting ambience in your garden.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Review: “I ordered a number of different lights for my garden early in the lockdown period and I have been very pleased with them. My garden looks lovely every evening with the lights coming on with the timer and lifting my spirits, as I am in lockdown by myself, they really cheer me up. I would definitely recommend this company's products.”

Create the perfect summer atmosphere with this citronella candle. We love its marble-esque print design and the fact that it is biodegradable and eco-friendly. Plus, it has approximately 70 hours of burning time, which means that you can enjoy it again and again.

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Review: "I love citronella essential oil in general, and the candle did not disappoint. I haven't seen a mosquito since I started using it. Love the presentation, and I think it will make a nice gift."

These Citronella Tea Lights emit a gentle flickering flame and a pleasant odour that will keep unwanted flying insects, on top of setting a relaxed mood. They are suitable for individual use but are even better when burnt inside a candle lantern to shield them from draughts.

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Review: “Bought these during the hot summer weather and have used them every day so far. We love sitting in the garden under the gazebo and these lovely candles have kept wasps, flies, mosquitoes, and everything else away! Brilliant purchase and will be buying again.”

This beautiful combination of appearance and practicality is perfect for creating a great atmosphere outdoors, without any worry of open flames. These LED candles flicker and glow just like real ones and create the same warm candlelight ambience, what’s not to love? Placed in gorgeous lanterns you can display them anymore, from a tree to the garden dining table, your options are endless.

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Review: “Lights up beautifully and has been out a couple of weeks in the rain and they are surviving. Very happy with them, they stay on late too! I’m not sure how long but I was up in the early hours and they were still on :)”

You’ve got the tealights, now you need a gorgeous way to display them, and we think these glass globes are perfect. We can picture it already, flickering flames dangling off a tree on a warm summers evening, we love it!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Review: “These items arrived very well packaged and sooner than expected. They look amazing and put me in mind of my dad who was a glassblower. So happy with this purchase!”

Not technically a candle, but very close! With ultra-realistic flickering flames within, they're perfect for lining gardens and illuminating summer BBQs! Stake them into a sunny spot of the garden for up to 10 hours of illumination each evening in the spring & summer months.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Review: “These Tiki lights are amazing! The flame looks so real, and I really like the wood effect. They look so smart on either side of my path, I think I may have to buy some more!”

If you’ve already got some spare lanterns laying around, these LED candles are perfect, and even if you don’t these look great as the centrepiece for a table. Fully weatherproof, you can use these outdoors all year round.

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

Review: “I am really pleased with these lights, I purchased them over a month ago and they have come on every day. They give a great warm flickering light. Once you turn them on the first night they then come on the same time every day and turn off after 6 hours, so mine are coming on at 17:30 and turning off at 23:30.

“I was worried that I would have to replace the batteries regularly but so far still going strong. Great that they can stay outside in whatever weather, the top has two little holes to stop them from filling with water. So pleased, I am thinking of buying them as a gift for someone else. Would definitely recommend them as I love mine.”

This eye-catching candle lantern is perfect for bringing splashes of colour into a dull outdoor space. This lantern candle holder has been hand-weaved from cord for a beautiful, multi-coloured finish and is finished with a gold-toned handle – amazing quality and an even better look this is perfect for bringing the fun outdoors.

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Review: “Lovely garden brightly coloured rattan lantern, looks stunning on my decking. So vibrant and such a beautiful colouring - highly recommend this product.”

These underrated and classic, antique-looking candle holders are everything we could ask for in an outdoor decorative candle. The hanging lanterns are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, so they're super versatile and great for all occasions – whether it's for a dinner party or a night spent by the fire pit outdoors.

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Review: "Good price for two of these decent sized, lightweight metal lanterns with additional battery operated (removable) candle lights… I will probably buy them again and put fairy lights in them. They are very lightweight but definitely a good buy, happy customer!”

Perfect for the garden in summer, our citronella candle is made with natural citronella essential oil. Made from 100% Soy wax candle with wooden wick for an eco-friendly, clean-burning candle. All-natural, vegan & cruelty-free and wrapped in 100% plastic-free, recyclable packaging!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Review: “This is a beautifully packaged, handmade candle. Citronella isn’t my favourite scent (but very necessary to keep the ants at bay) but this is the best smelling one I’ve found. It is a lovely, nice smelling candle. I was also very excited to see that it has a wood wick which I didn’t realise when ordering. Very happy with the quality of the candle and would definitely buy from this seller again.”

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