What are Moon Gardens?

Most landscaping projects look good in the day, with the sun hih above in the sky. Looking at your yard and admiring what you have done to make your house a home you and your family would surely enjoy. But how about when it’s night time? Sure, you can add landscape lighting that will highlight some features of your yard. So what solution do you have? Well, let me tell you about moon gardens.

A moon garden is a type of landscape designed to make it possible for you to enjoy your yard at night, without flooding everything with artificial lighting. This type of garden will show up better on moonlit nights, but best even with minimal lighting. This is because it does not play to the eye, but with the nose through the use of fragrant flowers.

There are four basic types of plants that are best suited for moon gardens: plants wth white flowers, plants with bright foliage, night bloomers, and plants with fragrant blooms. Mass planting is a good technique to use when planting a moon garden. This means planting the same type of plants in an area of the yard as to have more impact on the design. Planting the right plants for the season can also be of big help when working on a moon garden. A good tip is to plant early bloomers in early to mid-spring so that they can light up the design. Then plant mid-season bloomers to still get that effect. Late bloomers should not be planted until late summer because they will act as reinforcements that will give your moon garden a second wind.

Here is a list of the different plants you can use for your moon garden.

Early Bloomers

  • Snowdrops
  • Other bulb plants, such as white daffodils and white tulips
  • Creeping phlox
  • Bleeding heart
  • Fothergilla
  • Azaleas and rhododendrons
  • Magnolia trees with white flowers, such as star magnolia
  • Bradford pear trees

Season Bloomers

  • Yarrow
  • Queen Anne’s lace
  • Sweet alyssum
  • Snow in summer
  • Candytuft
  • Shasta daisy
  • Foxglove
  • Laurel shrubs
  • Climbing hydrangea
  • Japanese dogwood

Late Bloomers

  • Mums
  • False dragonhead
  • Garden phlox
  • Sweet autumn clematis

As I’ve said, moon gardens also appeal to the olfactory sense. That means using plant with fragrant blossoms are very ideal for use because of their sweet smell. Some suggestions include peonies, bearded iris, Korean spice viburnum, roses and lilacs.

Moon garden is all about choosing the right plants. It may seem like hard work, but proper information about the things you need to do will surely make everything simple.

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