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Create Your Own Magical Moon Garden

Celebrate moonlit nights by relaxing or entertaining guests in your very own Moon Garden, planted specifically to show off the lunar glow! A Moon Garden is an oasis you create, whose design features plants with white flowers and silver or variegated foliage, as well as highly fragrant blossoms and plants with blooms that open only at night. This type of beautiful sensory garden design is easy to accomplish—try these tips to create yours!

When’s the next full Moon?

How To Plant A Magical Moon Garden

Mock orange is a perfect addition to your Moon Garden.

Plant in big groupings. Make a huge statement with bold drifts of white flowers, which will stand out in the pale light of the Moon. Try these selections for a bright impact:

  • Snow-in-Summer (this has the added bonus of silver foliage)
  • Snowdrop
  • White Bleeding Heart
  • White Daffodil
  • Bacopa
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Mock orange (the fragrance is outstanding, as well)
  • Hydrangea
Closeup of big white hydrangea on dark background
Hydrangea

The Right Foliage

Display plants with silver or gray foliage, or even variegated foliage. The subdued light from the Moon will beautifully reflect these colors. Try plants such as:

  • Artemisia
  • Dusty Miller
  • Variegated Hosta
  • Variegated Euonymus
  • Lamb’s Ear
Moon Garden plants
Dusty Miller

Use Night Blooming Flowers

While they don’t always sport white flowers, plants with blooms that only open late in the day or at night are often used in moon gardens. Four o’clocks, moonflower, and evening primrose are delightful examples. Relaxing in your Moon Garden offers the opportunity to enjoy these pretty plants that may be overlooked during the daytime.

Moon Garden
Plants with blooms that only open late in the day or at night, like moonflowers, are often used in moon gardens.

Scents Appeal

At night, when the light is low, it is important to appeal to other senses besides sight. The scent of some well-chosen plants is important in a Moon Garden. Consider these selections:

  • Night Scented Stock
  • Lilac
  • Rose
  • Anise Hyssop
  • Lavender
  • Nicotiana
Moon Garden plants
Night Scented Stock

Add Soothing Sounds

The sound of small tabletop fountains and other water features are pleasing to the ear, and moonlight will shimmer in the gently moving water. If the noise won’t annoy your neighbors, softly tinkling wind chimes may be a wonderful addition. Ornamental grasses, with their rustling seed heads and stems, are another option to bring soothing sound to the Moon Garden.

Moon Garden plants
Small fountains and other water features create soothing sounds in your Moon Garden.

What Size Should Your Moon Garden Be?

Your Moon Garden may be any size you wish; it can be part of a larger bed or even smaller beds, joined by pathways. Consider using white gravel in walkways to further capture the effect of the light. If you have a very small space, fill containers with plants suitable for Moon Garden and group the planters together.

White flowers and silver foliage are complementary with nearly any other color scheme in the garden so it is usually easy to add Moon Garden elements to your existing plantings. Don’t be afraid to mix annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs for maximum impact. To increase the enjoyment of your Moon Garden, plan your plantings so that bloom time is staggered throughout the growing season.

Site your Moon Garden so that it enjoys maximum exposure to lunar light. Deeply shaded locations will not usually work as the light cannot penetrate. Additionally, flowers like moonflower need full sun to grow and bloom and don’t like shady spots.

When the Moon isn’t full, subtle accent lights may be incorporated. Use solar lanterns, stake lights, or LED candles to show off your Moon plants.

Don’t forget to create a seating area so that you and your family and friends can unwind after a long day and enjoy your garden in the moonlight!

Don’t forget to check our Gardening by the Moon calendar so you know when to plant!

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Mikki
Mikki
1 year ago

I had three different colors of perennials of flowering tobacco – bloomed early morning and again late evening – wonderful fragrance

Kathy
Kathy
8 months ago

Thank you for the information. It is very useful. However, I wish you had more depictions of planting designs for the Moon Garden.

Priscilla
Priscilla
1 month ago

Night-blooming jasmine is an undistinguished plant by day (in my Florida garden the leaves were always kind of chewed on) but the scent when in bloom is exquisite. And the tiny clusters of flowers are white.