How to Create a Moonlight Garden
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 dainty..it 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?