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How To Create A Night Garden

Updated on July 3, 2010

Bring A Garden Into The Moonlight!

White For Night

We live halfway up the side of a mountain in the UpperFraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada free from the glow of imitation startwinkles sparkling from city lights. Whenwe moved here three and a half years ago we found that on most summer nights weare bathed in moonlight. First appearing first between peaks and then high overthe mountain its silvery light shines down onto our home and our gardens. One night last summer I noticed our whiteclematis reflected in the moonlight  and as I admired it a thought came to me(once in awhile that happens), “I could plant more white flowering plants andhave a that I could enjoy day and night.” It is not as if it was the first time I hadseen moonlight reflecting off white flowers, in our other gardens over theyears we had dogwoods, snowball trees, white hydrangeas, white lilac bushes andan assortment of other white this and that. It was however the first time it occurred to me to deliberately plant aNight Garden.

Planning A Night Garden

Having made the decision to do so, I wanted to do it in such a way that my daytime garden did not suffer as a consequence. I wanted it to be beautiful from the time the sun came up until the moon went down. I began doing a little research as to what would do best in our climate and armed with that little knowledge I set off to the nurseries. Being that we live in an agricultural community I had many nurseries to choose from and as it turned out the same held true for the plants as well. The other thing that I discovered, in one of those blazing A DUH moments is that the white flowers brought out the hues and “punched up” the shades in the coloured flowers. I could have a daytime garden and a night garden - I could literally have my "cake and eat it too"!

White "Punches Up" The Colour In Your Daytime Garden

Pale Pinks and Purples Reflect The Moonlight Too!

And Something For Nighttime Fragrance

Adding colour to the whites or whites to the colours,whichever, made this “planting a Night Garden” idea easy. I went for colourful petunias and whitepetunias plus shades of red and pink geraniums and white geraniums. I did the same with the cosmos, found abeautiful jasmine and some hollyhocks. As we have now “downsized” into a town home I did not have the room togo “nuts” but the selections and varieties of flowers and plants would haveenabled me to keep right on going had I not been limited by the size of myflower beds. To my flats of flowers Iadded some foliage plants that had greyor silvery leaves. These two also servedto set off the coloured flowers nicely and the silver, I thought, would reflectthe moonlight. One of those times inlife when I get to be right – they did.

I then bought a few strings of solar powered butterflylights and another solar powered light with a big ball that changed colour fromblue, to green, to red, to purple. Theglobe sits atop a thin metal pipe and a top the orb sits a metal butterfly inthe same colour as the pipe. I was readyto give my Clematis some night time company. The finished product was, if I do say so myself, quite stunning – as inbeautiful not as in what the heck just hit me!

Driving up to our home in the darkness last summer ourgarden greeted us, when we looked out our windows after the sun had gone down, ourgarden waved at us in the gentle mountain breezes and when we sat out on ourdeck enjoying the lights from the city below, the reflected light from ourflowers and our twinkling butterfly lights never failed to catch our eyes andthe gentle scent of jasmine brushes past our noses.

Planting a Night Garden is simple to do and veryrewarding. White amongst the colours,silver and grey tinted foliage a touch of fragrance, a few twinkling lights,the moon the stars, and the night is yours. This year I think I might add a little water feature just to completethe mood.

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      dick lee 5 years ago

      i love gardens

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      philip carey 61 7 years ago

      Unusual and interesting. One of the most original hubs I've read so far. I really liked this. I live on a south-facing hill, and I have terraced it with some 15 stone walls, built with my own hands from rocks gathered from a mountainous area north of me.

      Well done--totally.

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      raisingme 7 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      I'll have to do a search on Moon Flower just to see them. If they like where you are they won't like it here. I live on the side of a mountain and the frost comes early. Thanks for the visit and the comments.

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      klarawieck 7 years ago

      I love gardening and have many flowers but it never occurred to me to use white flowers for a night glow. I live in Miami, Florida so I use natives, tropical plants, and lots of zinnias for color. One of the vines I grow is called Moon Flower and these giant fragrant white flowers only open at night. They are absolutely beautiful! You might want to try growing them, at least during the summer months. I grow mine from seeds, but then again... I'm all the way down here! I loved your article. ;-)

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      raisingme 7 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      I love that! It would make a neat garden sign!

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      snwrit 7 years ago

      I love what someone once said to me about flowers. "They are so vibrant yet so still." I love the peacefulness that comes from admiring a garden :O) Yes, they are work, like children, but they bless us in return!

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      raisingme 7 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      You are most welcome! Gardens are such work I just figured I should be able to enjoy mine even when the sun goes down!

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      snwrit 7 years ago

      This is such a wonderful idea! How clever you are...who would have thought? I'm very inspired and can't wait to try something like this myself. Thanks so much for sharing the idea :O)

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      raisingme 7 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      Thank You Ethel and Sage. I like sitting out there and singing as Fievel sung "Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight, Someone's thinking of me and loving me tonight." We can all sit out in our Night Gardens under the same moon and know that we are not that far apart at all!

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      What an amazing idea. I just love the idea of a night garden, how beautiful. Flowers in the moonlight. Nice job. Welcome to hubpages. I am looking forward to reading more of your hubs.

      Sage

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      What great ideas.

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      raisingme 7 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      I have them out on my back deck too, in pots and in planters that hang on the railings. The moon doesn't know it's not a real garden :D

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      Origin 7 years ago from Minneapolis

      This is a unique and cool idea, I've always liked gardens but unfortunately I lack the land to make one. Perhaps one day!

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      raisingme 7 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      Thank You, and it was Fun,Fun,Fun with a dash of Romance thrown in for good measure!

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      dianalee 7 years ago

      Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!