Moon Garden

A moon garden is a garden specifically designed to be enjoyed by the light of the moon at night. It is typically planted with flowers and plants that are at their best after the sun has set. Some have blooms that only open at night, some release their fragrance into the cool night air and others simply have lovely silver foliage and white flowers that glow softly in the moonlight. Plants that resonate with the energy of the moon are also welcome in a moon garden, although they usually meet the other criteria as well.

A moon garden is a wonderful idea for night owls, for people who work long hours during the day and only get to enjoy their gardens at night, and, of course, for moon-worshipers!

Design Elements

To fully enjoy your moon garden, you will want a comfortable bench or perhaps a wooden swing to rest on in the cool of the evening.

The sound of a waterfall trickling through your plantings will provide a soothing backdrop to your evening meditation.

Consider adding a few (but not too many) glow-in-the dark garden decor pieces to help you navigate your way through the garden in the darkness and also to add a bit of magical flare. Consider creating stepping stones with glow in the dark pebbles or solar mason jars along your path to light your way.

Suggested Plants

Please note that many of these plants are poisonous and some are invasive. It is up to you to decide whether and where to plant them and to manage them responsibly. Please read the individual plant’s page carefully and do further research from other sources before purchasing and planting any of these.

Flowers that Open at Night:

evening primrose, night blooming cereus, night phlox "Midnight Candy", moonflower, night blooming daylily "Moon Frolic" or “Toltec Sundail”, night blooming water lily, night gladiolus, Casablanca lily, Nottingham catchfly, Four O'Clock, Dragon Fruit, Dutchman’s pipe cactus, night-blooming jasmine, angel’s trumpet, Evening Stock, Nicotiana/flowering tobacco

Flowers that Smell Their Best at Night:

Night Phlox, Night Blooming Jasmine, Evening Stock, Four O'Clock, August Lily, Moonflower, Tuberose, Garden Heliotrope, Mock Orange, Honeysuckle

Plants that Look Great in the Moonlight:

yucca, lily of the valley, magnolia, dogwood, lamb’s ear, sage

Plants that resonate with lunar energy:

Alder, Evening Primrose, Lemon, Maple, marsh mallow, Monarda, MugwortPoppyRosemary, Water Lily,

Just be warned that angel’s trumpet is rather poisonous. Unprotected contact with the skin alone can cause painful irritation.

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Comment by Elspeth on January 11, 2016 at 11:24am
This is a wonderful piece of information, with access to lots more! Great stuff :-D

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