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How To Plant An Evening Garden

Updated on April 28, 2017

White Flowers Literally Light Up After Dark

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Plant A Moonlight Garden, And Enjoy Flowers All Evening Long

By Sharon Stajda

I have the perfect garden for people that want to enjoy their garden long after the sun has gone down. Whether you're a romantic at heart or just work until long after dark, a garden that comes to life after dark can offer you a perfect setting to relax or pursue romance.

Do you work all day, and by the time you get home it's too late to enjoy the garden you spent many hours, planting, and tending to? Why not consider planting an evening garden. A garden that comes alive at dusk, and gets more enchanting after dark. Virtually coming to life with beautiful hues, and soft scents that float through the night air. A Moonlight garden can offer you a wonderful place to wind down after a hard day. Perhaps you might just enjoy a sweet fragrance drifting through your bedroom window, and lulling you off to good nights sleep.

Not much of a gardener? I think it might surprise you how easy it is to plant a moonlight garden. However, there are a few simple things you need to know before you plan your garden.


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Getting Acquainted With Flowers That Thrive At Night

If you intend to attempt to plant an evening garden it's important to keep in mind, you need flower's that will be luminous in moonlight, flowers that will be showy way after sundown. A moonlight garden should consist of flowers that are basically light in color. Flowers that are white or very light in color are the best choice. You will also want to look for flowers that limit their daily bloom time is dusk until dawn,some keeping their blooms closed during the light of day.

The Popular Moonflower Has Soft Fragrance And Are Very Luminous At Night

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Purchase Plants That Have A Soft Fragrance

I think you will be pleasantly surprised that many nocturnal blooms possess wonderful pleasant fragrances. Moreover, the night air along with dew stands to intensify the scents of night bloomers. Here is just a few flowers you might consider for your evening garden. I will start with my favorite flower, the "Moonflower". Moonflower are an annual vine that love warm weather, and grow well in most zones. It has a showy large white flower, and nice size deep green leaf. It blooms from dusk to dawn, and has a beautiful soft scent, that is most often compared to the scent of baby powder. I suggest this is a flower you might consider planting near your bedroom window, its scent is lovely. The Moonflower plant is a climber, and will require a arbor. I like to plant them from seeds, they are very easy to plant, and hardy even in poorer soil.

Alyssum ... soft carpets of sweet fragrances

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Alyssum Can Add A Soft Scent To The Garden

Alyssum, are easy to grow, and you will be surprised how quickly they cover your garden with a soft little lacy small flower, with a honey-like scent. They also make great border plants, they grow about 4-5 inches in height, and spread profusely. The Alyssum flower can be enjoyed not only in the evening, but all through the day. They are very hearty grow well in most zones, and bloom from early summer to late fall. I suggest you plant Alyssum in white or very light pink for an evening garden.

White Roses Show Well In The Moonlight

White rose bushes are wonderful in an evening garden. They're not only fragrant, but white roses are showy after dark. Plus they are great for cutting, and can be enjoyed in a summer bouquet. Rose bushes are a good choice for an after dark garden. Roses have great blooming power all summer, and can be enjoyed all day long.


Here Are A Few Photo's Of My Moonlight Garden

This is one of my moonlight gardens, I have placed a few solar lights to enchase the moonlight... I have used loads of white Cosmos, and white  impatient's along with white Alyssum, just for the sweet scent...
This is one of my moonlight gardens, I have placed a few solar lights to enchase the moonlight... I have used loads of white Cosmos, and white impatient's along with white Alyssum, just for the sweet scent... | Source
Cosmos, are wonderful for a moonlight garden, plus make wonderful picking flowers...
Cosmos, are wonderful for a moonlight garden, plus make wonderful picking flowers...
This Garden is in one of the back gardens, I have added huge pots of white impatient's, along with planting white impatient's below the pots...
This Garden is in one of the back gardens, I have added huge pots of white impatient's, along with planting white impatient's below the pots...
Another moonlight garden, near the patio, I have planted tons of tall white snaps, and wonderful fragrant petunia's, and loads of ferns... I also have added a spitting frog among the high ferns, just to add a soft trickling sound ...
Another moonlight garden, near the patio, I have planted tons of tall white snaps, and wonderful fragrant petunia's, and loads of ferns... I also have added a spitting frog among the high ferns, just to add a soft trickling sound ...
Yes - one more moonlight garden...with loads of fragrant petunia's!
Yes - one more moonlight garden...with loads of fragrant petunia's!
Had to show you my spitting frog... He provides just enough soft water sounds to make the garden magical... I have a few twinkle lights hidden among the fern, just to shed a bit of light on him.
Had to show you my spitting frog... He provides just enough soft water sounds to make the garden magical... I have a few twinkle lights hidden among the fern, just to shed a bit of light on him.

White Rose Bushes

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Hydrangeas Are Spectacular Day Or Night !

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Pink Evening Primrose

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Hydrangeas Add Height And Are Very Showy

Hydrangeas have wonderful big showy blooms that come in many different heights, and colors. Keep in mind if you want to enjoy your Hydrangeas in the evening, keep to the rule of buying light colored Hydrangeas. They thrive in sun to partial shade, and love to be watered frequently. Hydrangeas do best in an even soil of part clay part sand that drains well. As mentioned they come in different heights. It's smart know your planting needs before you purchase your Hydrangeas bushes. I like the taller Hydrangeas placed at the back of a garden to add height to the garden. These lovely blooms are also great cutting flowers, and drying for winter floral arrangements.

Soft Scent Of Lemon, And Have A Soft Glow

Pink Evening Primrose is another good choice for an evening garden. It has satiny heart - shaped petals that form an open cup like bloom, with lovely long stamens. The scent is somewhat like a mixture of honeysuckle and lemon.


White Impatiens Are A Must In Any Evening Garden

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Impatiens Give A Carpet Of Bright White Color

Impatiens is a staple in any shade garden, and are wonderful in an evening garden. Impatiens come alive at night, they prefer shade, and cooler night temperatures. Their blooms take on a fresh appearance at night that is lacking in the day time. White Impatiens truly reflect moonlight, they are almost luminous. They grow well in a medium well draining soil, and bloom from early summer to fall.They don't have a fragrance, but make up for it with with their huge round mounds of showy small flowers.

Impatiens in hanging planters are a good addition to a garden, also wonderful in window boxes.

Give Your Evening Garden A Bit Of Extra Dimension - With a few candles, and a water feature.

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A Water Feature Will Bring Your Garden Alive

Want to make your evening garden just a bit more special? Add a few well placed candles, and a wonderful trickling water feature. Even if it's a small water feature, the soft trickling sound of water really can make any evening garden more magical.

The visual impact of the white flowers, the soft scents of the flowers. and the sounds of the evening all combine to make the evening garden a place that will calm, and sooth the spirit. A special place that you will look forward to each evening. Make sure to add a comfortable seating area, where you can really kick back, and relax.

A Bit Of Soft Lighting - Make Your Moonlight Garden Glow

With a few well placed lighting features, your garden will take on a relaxing place to unwind at the end of a long day or a very romantic space for two to enjoy the scents of the flowers, and perhaps a balmy night breezes .

The moonlight showers down onto white flowers, and sets them aglow ...

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      Shermaine 2 years ago

      Good job mainkg it appear easy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am a librarian and am looking for a type of flower that children ages 5-12 would enjoy planting and watching grow from the last week in June until the first frost. I thought a moonlight garden would be different than just planinting a Velvet Queen Sunflower. any Ideas?

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      PaulRyan 5 years ago

      Thank you. This gives me some great ideas for the next place I buy (I'm currently house hunting). I love spending time in the garden, especially on the evening/night.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great tips, Shar. An evening garden is a terrific idea, especially if like you to wind down at night by sitting or entertaining outside. Moonflowers are my favorite - they are especially showy and luminous.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      How romantic, a midnight garden.

      Thanks.

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      jaye3000 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens~ you have me brainstorming on what to do next in my own garden :) Lensrolled you to my hydrangeas lens- great work!