Planning a Moon Garden

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated December 17, 2014)

There are many different kinds of gardens that you could possibly have around your home, but perhaps one of the most romantic around is a moon garden. Designed primarily for evening enjoyment, moon gardens are unique compared to other kinds of gardens. Planning a moon garden has different requirements that what many people are used to. While not particularly hard to plan, or maintain, a moon garden can easily be one of the most enjoyable types of gardens you ever have.

  • Choose the plants. When planning a moon garden, you need to choose the right plants. Unlike other kinds of gardens where you choose bright colorful plants, in a moon garden you want something that is a little more subtle. Choose plants that have shades of white, silver, and grey. Some color is alright, but remember that you are going to be enjoying this garden in evening, so colors will not be playing as big of a roll as it normally would.
  • Keep the seasons in mind. Try to pick the plants according to the zone that you live in, and for the season as well. This will allow you to have a garden that you are able to enjoy for longer, and that will not require as much effort to maintain. Some great plants that you may want to consider are things like Silver King Wormwood, Roman Wormwood, Moonflower, Hosta, Shasta Daisy's, and white Tulips.
  • Lay out for maximum effect. As you lay out the plants, try to mix and match the foliage as much as possible, in order to provide a sense of texture. In addition, go with darker shaded plants near the ground, working your way up through the spectrum as you get higher. Also, have plants arrayed so that their scents will blend as harmoniously as possible. Remember, when you don't have your eyesight to rely upon as much, then the other senses kick in just a bit more.
  • Accent lights can set the right tone. Strategically place some accent lights throughout the garden, so that the light will be pointed upwards. This can help provide an almost ethereal effect, and help make the lighter portions of the plants "glow" when it gets dark. Keep in mind as you do this that the overall ambiance of this type of garden is supposed to be romantic and enchanting. Avoid anything too garish or bright.

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Lee Wyatt

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