Already starting to plan this years garden so I thought I should do a post on Witch Gardens
A garden that blooms in the moonlight, a great place to perform night time rituals, meditations, or to just take a midnight stroll. A garden that is full of magick even after the sun sets.
Plants to add in your moonlight garden:
- Moonflower: (Ipomoea alba) A nocturnal relative of the morning glory. Has fragrant flowers that open at dusk and close by dawn.
- Evening Primrose: (Oenothera biennis) Has beautiful, scented flowers that bloom only at dusk.
- Night Flox: (Zaluzianskya capensis) A sweetly fragranced flower that only unfurls its pinwheeled shaped flowers after dusk.
- Four O’Clock: (Mirabilis jalapa) Its scented flowers bloom at around 4:00pm (hence its name) and do not close up until morning.
- Queen of the Night: (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) A species of cactus whose flowers only open at night. Attracts moths and bats!!!
- Night Blooming Jessamine: (Cestrum nocturnum) Strong, sweet scented star shaped flowers that only bloom at night. Attracts moths and bats!!! All parts are toxic, do not ingest!
- Angel’s Trumpet: (Brugmansia) Produces a strong scent on warm summer evenings. All parts are toxic, do not ingest!
- Evening Stock: (Matthiola longipetala) Produces lots of small blossoms that produce a perfume described as a mix of vanilla, rose, spice, and cloves only after the sun sets.
- Ever-Flowering Gladiolus: (Gladiolus tristis) Release a strong almond fragrance after dusk.
- Lilac: (Syringa vulgaris) Although has a perfume during the day, it is said to be a lot stronger after dark.
- Flowering Tobacco: (Nicotiana) Open in the late afternoon and have a fragrance that smells of jasmine. All parts are toxic if ingested!
- Summer Snapdragon: (Angelonia angustifolia) Preferably in white, to reflect the moonlight. Has a scent apple-scented foliage.
- Silvermound: (Artemisia schmidtiana) Has thick foliage that will shimmer under the moonlight.
- Jack Frost: (Brunnera macrophylla) Hdeart shaped leaves of silver and green, perfect to add more highlights of silver to your moon lit garden.
Any plant that blooms after dark or has white, lavender, pale pink, pale yellow on it is a perfect addition to your moonlight garden.
Things to add:
- Stepping stones that have the phases of the moon.
- Fairy lights
- A place to sit
- A small fountain to sing along with the insects and birds of the night
- String charms and bells on tree branches for a soft jingling every time a gentle breeze passes.
For witches who need a more practical garden for uses of healing, tea crafting, drying, and growing plants used in their practices.
Plants to add to your herb garden:
- Anise: Helps to ward of the evil eye, find happiness, and stimulates psychic abilities.
- Basil: Use for anything pertaining with love, exorcism, wealth, sympathy, and protection. Dispels confusion, fears & weakness. Drives off hostile spirits.
- Bergamont: Corresponds with money and prosperity. Provides with protection from evil and illness, improves memory, stops interference, and promotes restful sleep.
- Borage: Corresponds with courage and psychic powers.
- Cat Nip: Is sacred to the Goddess Bast. Brings forth beauty, happiness, good luck, and good spirits.
- Chamomile: Corresponds with love, healing, and sleep. Is known to reduce stress.
- Chervil: Brings a sense of the higher self, placing you in touch with your divine, immortal spirit.
- Coriander: Corresponds with love, health, immortality, and protection.
- Dill: Corresponds with money, protection, luck and lust.
- Lemon Balm: Corresponds with love, success, healing, and psychic/spiritual development.
- Marjoram: Used to cleanse, purify, and to dispel negative energy.
- Mint: Promotes energy, communication and vitality.
- Oregano: Corresponds with joy, strength, vitality, and added energy
- Parsley: Calms and protects the home.
- Rosemary: Protects, cleanses, purifies, and aids memory.
- Sage: Used for self purification and dealing with grief and loss.
- Thyme: Attracts loyalty, affection, and the good opinion of others.
Things to add:
- A place to dry herbs
- A place to compost any herb scraps
- A place to leave offerings before you harvest
Make yourself a sanctuary to watch bees frolic and thrive
Plants to add to your bee garden:
- Bee balm
- Snow Drop
- Wildflowers/Any native species
- Anise hyssop
- Black eyed susan
- Sweet peas
Things to add:
- Bee houses
- Bee waterers/bee baths
- Bee feeders
- A place for offerings to the bees
Some other ideas for your garden:
- Hummingbird garden
- Medicinal garden
- A garden whose plants and decorations represent/correspond with your practice.
- Butterfly Garden
- Faerie Garden
The options are endless! I hope this gives you some ideas for this years garden.