Join me to create a moonlight garden!
Sitting here in my recliner writing to you all, I am surrounded by floor to ceiling windows. These give me a gorgeous view of the crisp white snow that winter storm Mateo dropped over the weekend.
Honestly, it is so pretty outside in Michigan this time of year. The way that the snow blankets the trees and weighs the pine tree branches down is incredible.
One of my favorite things about winter is taking a walk in the middle of the night. With the moon up and the light reflecting on the snow, its almost like you can see everything. The animals are active and playing, the snow falls off branches. Seriously guys, it is insanely beautiful here!
If you haven’t had a chance to come to Michigan, than I think its high time you do!
We had this huge winter storm come through and my husband and I decided to take the girls to the Henry Ford Museum the next day. The roads were terrible, but we went slow and eventually made it!
Perfect day for it honestly, it was dead! That place was insanely cool. Cars from all decades. A full size steam locomotive inside that you can actually go in. Presidential limos, airplanes, tractors! It is a sweet place for kids! To top it all off, the Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile! YESSSSS! So cute!
Anyways! Lets Dig In!
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So I have started to get my seed and flower catalogs for the upcoming season and I just have to say that these are so exciting to get! I have hope that the winter will come to an end, it will get warmer and my perennials will start to emerge! YAY!!! Can’t wait!
So, as I am flipping through the catalogs I am seeing plants meant for a moonlight garden. Now, I am still pretty new to designing my own garden beds but the idea of a moonlight garden sparked my interest and I immediately needed to know more!
What is a Moonlight Garden?
A moonlight garden is a garden that is designed to be enjoyed at night under the light of the moon. These garden incorporate different plants that ignite different senses within you. These are created to give a romantic, peaceful and calm garden to enjoy fully at night time.
These gardens are ancient and date back many centuries. The Chinese planted moonlight gardens for meditation practices. In the 19th century, these gardens gained popularity with high society.
Plants that you would find in a moonlight garden would include white blooms, these reflect beautifully against the moonlight. Plants with reflective foliage will help shine against the light of the moon. Night blooming plants as well!
When planting a moonlight garden it is a great idea to keep the plants in their containers to observe them at night in the area you wish to plant. This is important because it will allow you to see light pollution, shading of trees and how street lights will affect the location of your moonlight garden. You want the area around it to be pure and not affected by man made light sources.
8 Great Moonlight Garden Plants!
- Peony or Shirley Temple Peony! Best for zones 3-8 and blooms late spring to early summer. This double blooming peony is a large show stopper. It is a beautiful addition to your moonlight garden, it will fill your nose with gorgeous scents and eyes with wonder!
- Casablanca Lily! Zone 3-8 and blooms mid to late summer! These lilies are huge to the tune of 8-10″ flowers! The Casablanca Lily will capture a ton of moonlight! These are hardy and will return every year!
- David Phlox! Zones 3-9 and bloom summer to early fall! These fragrant little white flowers will fill your nose with calm sensations and light up your garden beautifully!
- Angelique Begonia! Zone 3-7 and bloom summer to frost! These long lasting low flowering begonia’s would be perfect in your moonlight garden! If you are limited to space, put them in a container or hanging basket.
- Japanese Painted Fern! Zone 5-8, best known for its foliage! Not a bloomer, but the foliage of this fern is drop dead gorgeous under moonlight. The silver veining of the foliage reflect the moonlight beautifully.
- Jack Frost Siberian Bugloss! Zone 3-8, Blooms in the spring but the dramatic foliage lasts all season! These can be mass planted as a ground cover!
- Guacamole Hosta! Zone 3-9, blooms mid to late summer! These hostas have gorgeous green foliage and when in bloom, sport white flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies! Their fragrance is delightful as well!
- Popcorn Drift Rose! Zone 4-8, blooms spring through summer! No one said that the moonlight garden has to be all white flowers! Yellows, showcase beautifully too!
Want to Make Your Moonlight Garden Even Better?
Add sound elements to please even more of the senses!
Many moonlight gardens have fountains for you to enjoy the sound, the smell, the sight!
Solar Powered Fountain Pump . This big bad boy allows you to put a pump anywhere and in anything! Run on solar power, and adds a dramatic effect to your garden!
Lets Conclude This!
Awesome right! Moonlight gardens give you the opportunity to enjoy your gardens under the moonlight. It is that simple! Do you have a moonlight garden? What plants do you have in yours?
Want a moonlight garden now? Share with me in the comments below if this has you thinking about where you can put your own moonlight garden!
Check out my article, 10 Plants That Attract Butterflies, for more gardening tips and tricks!