A Garden Bathed
in New Light
by Carole McCray
is the garden to be enjoyed beyond the daylight hours.
Known as a moon garden, it can transform a small space into an
enchanting, magical spot. Plants
in a moonlight or all white garden often have a sweet fragrance.
This adds to the pleasure of being in the garden and catching the
scents from a soft evening breeze. For a great selection of moon garden
plants, consult the experts at your Growise Center.
you plant, consider location. It
should be a relaxing spot with privacy where you can enjoy the garden at
twilight. Most likely it
already exists, and you are unaware of it—an area behind a garage or tool
shed, a spot at the side of the yard, or next to the patio or deck, where
you might be in the evening.
moonlight garden can have a variety of shapes.
Shapes to consider are round like a full moon or crescent-shaped like
the new moon, or a combination of the two—a round bed and flanked on each
side of it, add a crescent-shaped bed.
CHOICES FOR THE MOON GARDEN
lend white touches to the moonlight garden.
Cosmos, larkspur, foxglove, morning glory, pansy, petunia,
snapdragon, geranium, sweet alyssum, California poppy and impatiens are all
Bulbs can be
planted around perennials. Hardy
bulbs like crocus, tulip, narcissus and hyacinth in shades of white will
have your garden off to an early bloom in the spring. Plant iris, gladiolus,
dahlia and tuberous begonia for white color later in the season.
Check your climate zone. Some
bulbs should be dug up in the fall and stored if you live in a cold climate.
They can be replanted the following spring.
white-flowering perennials like candytuft, clematis, delphinium, garden
phlox, lupine and sweet woodruff.
plants can add to the pleasure of the garden.
Learn the different scents of the plants so they blend well.
Plant them at different ends of the garden and for varying times of
bloom so fragrances do not compete.
Fragrant plants are dame’s rocket, lily of the valley, meadowsweet,
flowering tobacco, moonflower and night phlox.
The latter three are annuals. Consider
roses for fragrance and white in the garden.
add interest to the moon garden with varying leaf textures and shapes. Some
silver-foliaged plants to shimmer at night are artemesia, curry plant,
lamb’s ears, white lamium, sage, santolina, nutmeg scented geranium and
silver thyme. They will
“light up” a garden path or a walkway.
trees can be part of the moon garden. Mock
orange, bridalwreath spirea, weeping silver pear, white dogwood or white
rhododendron are lovely backdrops in the garden.
moon garden is its loveliest when basking in moonlight.
However, there are other methods to light up plants and trees and
highlight their white flowers. To
determine how much light is needed, use a flashlight.
Go outdoors, and with the help of another person shine flashlights on
different spots and at different angles.
Lights can be placed on the ground, in treetops, hung from a roof or
from tree branches.
or light-colored garden ornaments are more visible than dark-colored ones in
a moon garden. Gray
statuary, a silver sundial, a white trellis, a silver wind chime, white or
gray garden urns and white or gray stones or gravel can be added for drama.
Add a garden bench, weathered to a soft gray, where you can end the
day and catch the sweet scents of the moon garden plants. These decorative features will catch and reflect the moon’s
light or light from any installed lighting.
has a calming effect. A small
pond or water garden tub with floating water lilies, a soothing fountain, or
a charming birdbath could be the final touch to your moon garden.
Find many finishing touches at your Growise Center.
a moon garden, plants appearing ordinary by day come alive as the darkness
of night descends. Transformed,
they glow, shimmer and shine in the moonlight.