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Approaches to this transformation vary widely, and where some designers focus on plant materials, carefully positioning fixtures to show off leaf patterns, bark textures, and habits, others, like Tillett, concentrate on hard surfaces—furnishings, buildings, and the hardscape. “If the clients have paths and little moments they want to go to or are going to sit in at night,” she says, “then we’ll talk about the materials for the path: Can we use a lighter gravel? Can we find a reflective surface, like a rock outcropping that’s a light tone?” Tillett sometimes adds recycled glass or quartz to a lit surface to suggest magic and mystery. “Think about fireflies,” she says. “They’re so tiny but so enchanting.”