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In The Night Garden: Create a Moon Garden

In The Night Garden: Create a Moon Garden

There is something mystical and romantic about walking through a garden on a summer evening. The moonlight casts a spotlight of shadows capturing and emphasizing moody white flowers and shimmery plants amongst the greenery. The sounds are quietly eerie. Day lilies are closed up tight and sleeping. Nightfall brings entirely new and intoxicating fragrances that awaken the senses to a unique garden experience.

What is a night garden?
A night garden incorporates plantings whose, color, texture, sound, and scent can be appreciated in the evening. Sometimes night gardens are called “moon gardens”.

Are night gardens new?
According to this Lifescript article, night gardens have been around for a long time: “A night garden is not new to the contemporary world. Moonlight gardens were planted in medieval Japan using white or pale-colored rocks and sand. Pools of water caught the shine of the moon and white chrysanthemums cast a ghostly profile. In the 1600s India’s mogul emperor planted a stunning night blooming garden using fragrant and beautiful flowers like jasmine, narcissus, and lilies all in white.”

Why plant a night garden?
People who work all day and have busy schedules that keep them away from home until the evening get to enjoy the beauty of the garden. For those who want to unplug and unwind in the evening to the sounds of nature, a night garden is the perfect place to relax.

Where to plant a night garden?
Plant it in a place where you will enjoy it most. Small container night gardens are perfect for those with limited space.

What plants to plant in a night garden?
These plants listed on the DoItYourself site are night bloomers and aromatic, making them perfect for night gardens.

▪ moonflower
▪ white sand verbena
▪ fragrant plantain lily
▪ evening campion
▪ yucca
▪ night-flowering catchfly
▪ thornapple
▪ scarlet gaura
▪ citron daylily
▪ lemon lily
▪ evening iris
▪ evening star
▪ gumbo lily
▪ soapwort
▪ vesper iris
▪ evening primrose
▪ night blooming tropical waterlilies
▪ four o’clock
▪ desert lily
▪ white gaura
▪ evening stock

Do you have a night garden? Add some plants that you enjoy in the evening hours to the list above.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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6:52AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Beautiful, thank you for posting!

10:44AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Artemsia with their silver foliage, hostas with a lot of white (white Christmas,Fire and Ice, etc)

11:21AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Great article,thanks for sharing

7:26AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Thank you Ronnie, for Sharing this!

11:16PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

I love night gardens. Thickly scented night blooming flowers and the stars reflecting on a rippling pond. So peaceful, and there is something very sensual about the scents and the stars, heavenly.

10:58PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

and night blooming jasmine. I love this idea, what a great project.

3:06AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Sounds wonderful; will have to look at my garden anew!

5:06AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

Lovely.....

1:44AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

Noted. I have Mock Oranges with their white flowers and intoxicating scent at night. They flower when it rains - we have learnt that when they are in bud there is rain not far off.

2:13AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

beautiful

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Thanks to all of you...got some good ideas--I am very mop phobic.

Another win for dark chocolate.

Interesting article!

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