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How to Create a Moonlight Garden

Updated on February 26, 2014

Glowing Gardens

Picture this. It's a warm summer night; treefrogs and crickets are singing their night song and the full moon is casting it's glow on the landscape. You wander through the moonlight till you come to a place that seems to glow in and of itself. It is your very own moonlight garden, and creating one is easier than you think.

The first thing to do is choose a spot that will easilly be illuminated by the light of the moon.

The next step is to choose the right flowers and the following is a good criteria:

plants with cream or white flowers, or even pale yellow or pale blue

plants with bright foliage

plants that bloom at night

plants with fragrant blooms (so if the moon isn't out, your garden will still smell magical)

Choose plants with different heights so your eye travels from the ground up, or vice versa and it's always better to plant with early, middle, and late bloomers so that your garden is wonderful from spring to fall. Here are just a few ideas:

examples of early bloomers:

snowdrops, white daffodils, creeping phlox, white bleeding heart, star magnolia trees, rhododendrons and azaleas.

examples of mid-summer bloomers:

yarrow, foxglove, shasta daisy, laurel shrubs, Queen Anne's lace, climbing hydrangea, sweet alyssum, japanese dogwood, snow in summer.

examples of late bloomers:

sweet autumn clematis, mums, garden phlox, false dragonhead

examples of plants that become iridescent in moonlight:

hosta, artemisia, lamb's ear, variegated dogwood bushes and variegated euonymus.

Some of the night bloomers:

evening primrose, angel's trumpet and the moonflower

Add these for a beautifully fragrant garden:

peonies, night gladiolus, lilacs, roses, korean spice viburnum and bearded iris.

Of course there are so many different types of flowers for the different zones that the choices are mind boggling. Some are bold, some are really just depends on what you like and what will thrive in your particular garden.

Create your own moonlit paradise with flowers, plants, trees and shrubs and if you want to make it even more breathtaking, try adding tiny lights here and there. There are so many different options out there, but because this is a moonlight garden, I personally would add only a sprinkling of tiny led string lights or solar powered globes. Running a string of lights in the shrubs and trees adds drama and dotting the lowest plants with solar powered globes would only add more depth to it all. Lining your garden path with luminaries would add drama as well.

Adding a water feature, whether it's a bird bath ,a gazing pool or a fountain, will give your garden even more dimension, add a floating candle or solar powered floating flower and you've got instant ambiance.

Finish the effect with tiny wind chimes and a garden bench and you have the perfect moonlit sanctuary to enjoy on a warm summer night. Is there anything more magical than that?

The Moonlit Garden...


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      moonfairy 4 years ago

      Hi vespawoolf! Thanks so very much for reading and for your wonderful comment! a moonlight garden is simly enchanting....

      I LOVE jasmine, as well as honeysuckle...they both smell so beautiful. My son visited Tunisia and brought me back a vial of jasmine oil and I cherish it!! Please let me know if you create a moonlight garden, I'd love to know how you like it!!!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      What beautiful ideas! Now I have something new to dream about. : ) I especially love the thought of plants that are iridescent in the moonlight and fragrant flowers. We have a lot of jasmine in our neighborhood so that might grow well in my moonlight garden. A trickling fountain would be a relaxing addition, too. Thank you!

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      moonfairy 5 years ago

      thanks very much ahorseback...I appreciate your comment =) And I absolutely love moonrises and the light of the moon.......

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      ahorseback 5 years ago

      This Must be truly beautiful on a full moon night , I always find myself drawn to the lighting of the night by the moon . The snow , the water , the pines on the ridge in front of our house ! Awesome write !

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      moonfairy 5 years ago

      moonlake, thanks for reading and for your comment...moonflowers are just beautiful =)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I have a moonflower, it looks so pretty when I walk out by the garden at night it shows up the best. Enjoyed your hub.

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      moonfairy 5 years ago

      coffeegginmyrice...I forgot about the fireflies! Yes, they would complete the scene and make it that much more magical. Thank you for adding to my garden =)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Voted way up! It does give a magical appeal to a home, moonfairy! A moonlight garden, wow,'s like a fantasy garden is embedded in my head right now with all those bloomers and additional elements you have written here that composes it. The picture alone brings me to imagine...the moon will be so happy to make a garden shine in the night. Fireflies would complete the tiny fairies!

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      moonfairy 5 years ago

      thank you oliversmum for you wonderful comments, I appreciate the feedback!

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      oliversmum 5 years ago from australia

      moonfairy Hi. What an absolutely wonderful idea.

      Your photograph of this very special garden looks so beautiful and peaceful.

      Thank you for all the information,especially all the great plants that we can choose from. Voted up and awesome.:):)

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      moonfairy 5 years ago

      Do you have a balcony that is exposed to moonlight? You could always create a tiny one with potted flowers =)

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      loveofnight 5 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      The very idea of a moonlit garden makes me wish that I didn't live in an apartment.

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      moonfairy 5 years ago

      thanks very much Minnetonka Twin, I appreciate all of your feedback very much =)You always make me smile!

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Awesome hub Moonfairy!! What a peaceful and magical hub you've written on having a moonlit garden. I bet you have one don't you? You are right that would be nothing more magical than having this wonderful sanctuary to relax and forget about life's difficulties. I love your writing and your upbeat attitude. As usual I hit many buttons.