As the name suggests, a Moon Garden is a garden featuring plants that are best appreciated after dark. These include plants with white flowers, silver or variegated foliage, fragrant flowers, and even those that open only at night. Elements such a sound and garden lighting can provide additional sensory delight to the evening garden.
An interesting phenomenon in nature is that white flowers, and those that bloom at night, are frequently more fragrant that their colored or day blooming counterparts. Many flowers use colorful blossoms to attract pollinators. Flowers that lack color utilize other strategies – such as fragrance – to attract pollinators to their blossoms.
Hydrangea (old fashioned ‘Annabelle’ Hydrangea is a spectacular Moon Garden plant due to its profusion of white flowers that last all summer long)
White flowering Clematis
Masses of white flowers can create the effect of actually glowing in the evening gardens. Annuals, which tend to bloom profusely throughout the summer months, are therefore perfect for creating this effect. White blooming annuals include:
Night-blooming plants can be an interesting addition to the Moon Garden. These plants open their flowers in the late afternoon or evening, stay open throughout the night, closing in the morning. Most are pollinated by night pollinators such as moths. Examples include:
The soothing sound of flowing water from a water feature such as a fountain, or the gentle musical tone of a small wind chime can further enrich your Moon Garden.
Selective illumination can add to the magic of the Moon Garden. Spotlighting specimen plants, lighting pathways with small lights, or incorporating softly glowing, solar-powered garden art can also enhance the enjoyment of your garden at night.