Cultivating a moon garden is a great way to get in touch with nature, and they smell wonderful too!
Celebrate moonlit nights by relaxing or entertaining guests in your very own Moon Garden, planted specifically to show off the lunar glow. We’ll tell you which plants and flowers work the best for the most magical night garden ever.
Moon gardens are enchanting moon-flower beds made up of white or pale hued flowers that bloom late in the day and silvery-white foliage. Plus, moon gardens are natural habitats that contribute to the ecology of your backyard. With its intoxicating aromas and magical display, a moon garden will delight gardeners and onlookers alike, during any phase of the moon.
Get started on your moon garden by familiarizing yourself with these moon garden flowers and plants.
1. Dusty Miller (Silver Ragwort)
A moon garden should consist of flowers and plants designed to reflect moonlight but also remain visible and fragrant during an obscured or new moon. White flowers should occupy most of your plot, along with plants with silver and gray foliage.
2. Queen of the Night (Epiphyllum Oxypetalum)
It produces large, white-colored flowers that bloom for a single night. Though it is referred to as nightblooming Cereus, as it is blooms for a single night like the other flowering cacti belonging to the Cereeae tribe, it is not related to the Cereus genus. To watch it in its full glory, all you need to do is provide this succulent plant with the ideal growing conditions.
3. Snow in Summer
These low spreading perennials look great when planted in large swaths. Snow-in-Summer, or Cerastium Silver Carpet, create paths of flowers that will twinkle through the night. The silvery gray stems have a natural reflective aspect throughout the year while producing white star-shaped flowers from May through June.
4. Moonflower (Datura Metel)
Moonflower is one of the most romantic plants you can grow in a garden. The large, trumpet-shape flowers unfurl in the evening and stay open until the sun rises. Several varieties of moonflower also give off a lemon fragrance when its flowers are open.
5. Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)
They are a natural choice for woodland gardens and for moon gardens, where the white flowers brighten shady areas and the evening garden.
Besides flowers and foliage, use garden accessories to add some sparkle to your garden. A mirrored gazing ball on a pedestal shimmers with reflected light, while Tiki torches can brighten a sitting area or trail. String tiny white lights (the star-shaped ones are especially nice) from branches, or hang battery-powered paper lanterns. Solar-powered lamps will illuminate a walkway after the sun goes down.