Moon Gardens - Illuminating Inspiration

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 19, 2015 5:31:15 PM

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? 

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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
Lavender Cotton Artemesia
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
Dead Nettle  

 

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.

 

Early Season

Cyclamen Iris
Lenten Rose Lily of the Valley
Daphne* Azaleas
Delphinium Peonies
Bridal Wreath Spiraea Foxglove

Mid-Season 

Bacopa Sweet Mock Orange* Nictoniana*
Jasmine* Million Bells Guara
Fried Egg Poppy Sweet Alyssum* Astilbe
Cone Flower Shasta Daisy Roses*
Coreposis 'Moonbeam' Gardenias* Moroccan Daisy
Hydrangea Lantana Verbena
Fortnight Lily Nemesia*  
Summer Phlox Carnations*  

Late Season

Fall Anemone  Asters
Pansies/Violas Camellias
Mums Primrose
Sweet Tea Olive* Snapdragon
Iceland Poppy  

*Fragrant

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