More gardens and landscapes are designed to be enjoyed in the glow of the sun, but moonlit gardens are designed to thrive at dusk.
This type of garden can be mysterious and magical as the silver and white plants seem to glow in the evening. They can be found everywhere, from state parks such as Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park to humble backyards.
Contrary to popular belief, moonlit gardens are not filled with flowers that bloom only at dusk, and only white flowers are used.
“Moonlight gardening is about plants that show their textures, colors, and sometimes their silhouettes from dusk to moonlight,” Irene Barber, adult horticultural education program coordinator for the botanical gardens, told Mother Nature. Coastal Maine in Boothbay, Maine. Network.
Light colors like lavender, chartreuse, buttery yellow, and soft pink can all give a nice glow when bathed in moonlight. The addition of silver, gray and variegated foliage can also help add contrast to the garden.
Due to the different growth requirements of the various plants that do well in moonlit gardens, it is best to distribute these plants throughout the garden rather than in an area that is often soaked in moonlight.
It’s also a good idea not to get overwhelmed by low-growing foliage and flowers. Add height by selecting upright growing plants like snapdragons, Foxgloves and Rose of Sharon, growing climbing vines on a white trellis, or adding trees with light-colored bark.
Besides the white and light-colored flowers, nighttime scents are another popular feature of moonlit gardens. While the sweet smells in the air are certainly a treat, they also serve to attract nocturnal pollinators such as moths or bats.
Blooming tobacco, angels’ trumpet, night jasmine, night phlox and four o’clock are just a few examples of fragrant flowers that give off their scent in the evening / night.
Some of the other design elements you can work to include are light in color landscaping items such as paving, fences, arbors and benches. White garden ornaments can also be used. It is important to keep the off-white flowers away from the truly white ones, otherwise it can make the color of the other plant dull.
Reflective surfaces are a great way to capture moonlight and scatter it around space, whether it’s glass objects, mirrored tiles, or a body of water with a smooth surface. . If the customer already owns a pond, night-blooming water lilies like “Red Flare” and “Charles Tricker” are good additions to a nighttime display.
For new moon nights, or when it is just a glow, soft outdoor lighting can step in to fill the void, but it is important that they are not too bright or the illusion will be shattered. .
There are many flowers that can be used in a moonlit garden, including New Guinea impatiens, petunias, dahlias, clematis, and bellflowers, but the one iconic plant you should always strive for. include in a moonlit garden is the moon flower.
Here is a list of some of the plants used in moonlight gardens, but it is best to pick a few favorite plants and practice repetition. Plant material should be selected based on varying shape, size, texture and height as well as growing needs.