In the summer months, we do a lot of garden entertaining in the evening. Why not set aside a garden space that really shines when the sun goes down?
Strawflower 'Dreamtime Jumbo White'
Moon Gardens are designed to be appreciated by moonlight and are a time-honored tradition in India and Japan. Not only to escape the heat of the day, but also as a celebration of the moon and the influence it has on the Earth's environment.
The essence of a moon garden is to create an ethereal oasis which entices the senses like a dream. There are three basic sensations you should consider while planning your moonlit haven:
- Sight- White flowers, cream-variegation and silver foliage all pop in the moonlight, unlike colored flowers which seem dim or muddled. However, if you don't want to go totally monochromatic, blue and yellow flowers make good accents.
- Scent- Many flowers are fragrant at night to attract nighttime pollinators such as bats and moths. Strategically place these plants near a patio or pool where they can be appreciated.
- Sound- At the end of the day, surrounded by soothing fragrance and luminescent foliage, what could be better than hearing the gentle trickle of water in a fountain or water feature? As a bonus, if you have a pond stocked with fish they will help keep mosquito populations down. Tip: For even greater mosquito-deterring power, try a mosquito repellent such as Bonide Mosquito Beater.
Here are some fabulous plants with foliage that glow in the moonlight:
|Euphorbia 'Silver Swan' & 'Tasmanian Tiger'||Lamb's Ear|
|Bush Morning Glory||Dusty Miller|
|Dichondra 'Silver Falls'||Variegated Gardenia 'Radicans'|
|Lungwort 'Silver Bouquet'||Lily Turf 'Silver Dragon'|
|Variegated Flax Lily||Brunnera 'Jack Frost'|
|Variegated Dogwood||Carex 'Everest'|
|Jacob's Ladder 'Strairway to Heaven'||Snow in Summer|
|Pineapple Guava||Silver Thyme|
Here's a list of flowers which come in white-blooming varieties for every season. Tip: Make sure to visit our nursery often throughout year to get the full spectrum of white flowering plants which illuminate your garden all year round.
|Lenten Rose||Lily of the Valley|
|Bridal Wreath Spiraea||Foxglove|
|Bacopa||Sweet Mock Orange*||Nictoniana*|
|Fried Egg Poppy||Sweet Alyssum*||Astilbe|
|Cone Flower||Shasta Daisy||Roses*|
|Coreposis 'Moonbeam'||Gardenias*||Moroccan Daisy|
|Sweet Tea Olive*||Snapdragon|