June 24, 2024
Moon gardens: Designed to shine when bathed in moonlight

Scheduling this year’s back garden? My guess is you’re envisioning crops bathed in daylight.

But the problem is that by nightfall, when the solar has set and you are ready to kick back at home, you won’t be able to see and thoroughly love the fruits of your gardening labor without having flooding the garden with synthetic lighting. And which is not comforting at all.

As an alternative, contemplate planting a moon back garden precisely developed to be savored by the gentle of the moon.

Plants with silver, variegated or bright foliage, white or light-weight-coloured bouquets, or blooms that open up only at evening are ideal possibilities for a moon garden, as are highly fragrant vegetation. Plant them along a walkway or in close proximity to your deck or patio, where by you can love them up close, or inside look at of a window.

My preferred white, moon-reflecting blooms include the aptly named moonflower (Ipomoea alba), Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum superbum), 4 o’clock (Mirabilis jalapa), sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), snow-in-summertime (Cerastium tomentosum), evening primrose (Oenothera biennis), foxglove (Digitalis), petunias, New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri), and geranium (Pelargonium).

Night pollinators such as the sphinx moth love them, much too.

Spring bloomers, like lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis), daffodil (Narcissus) and azalea (Rhododendron spp.), and late-blooming species like chrysanthemum and autumn clematis (Clematis terniflora) lengthen the time.

Crops with standout foliage consist of spotted dead nettle (Lamium), Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum), Jack Frost Siberian bugloss (Brunnera microphylla), variegated hostas, silver lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantine), dusty miller (Jacobaea maritima), Russian sage (Salvia yangii or Perovskia atriplicifolia), silver mound wormwood (Artemisia schmidtiana’ Silver mound’) and variegated euonymus types.

They continue to be noticeable following sunset and specifically seem to glow underneath a entire moon.

Hugely aromatic crops like mock orange (Philadelphus pubescens), gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides), lilac (Syringa vulgaris), summersweet (Clethra alnifolia), jasmine (Jasminum officinale) and, in the warmest climates, ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata) and frangipani (Plumeria rubra), will lend aromatic delight to your evenings.

Incorporate a backdrop of shrubs like the sweetly scented Korean spice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii), or white-blooming hydrangea types these types of as “Annabelle,” “Incrediball,” “Snow Queen,” “Little Lamb,” “Polar Ball” or “Wedding Gown.”

Trees like paper birch (Betula papyrifera), white or silver poplar (Populus alba), acacia and eucalyptus mild up the night. Exploration all those that are finest-suited to your local weather.

For utmost effects, plant in drifts, or teams of three, five or seven, of the very same selection. That’s a good gardening follow in normal because it avoids building a jumble of disconnected particular person crops. But it’s significantly essential in the moon yard to guarantee single vegetation are not shed in the darkness.

Believe about hardscaping, much too. There are no principles against supplementing moonlight with plant-facing landscape lighting. The glow will enrich the magical flair of your moon back garden, as will the addition of white fencing, trellises, paving stones, pebbles, rocks, fountains and gazing balls.


Jessica Damiano writes frequent gardening columns for The Affiliated Push. She publishes the award-winning Weekly Dust Newsletter. Sign up below for weekly gardening recommendations and assistance.


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