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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Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay Kemp2 years ago

Beautiful, thank you for posting!

Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago

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

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Great article,thanks for sharing

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Ronnie, for Sharing this!

Carla van der Meer

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.

Victoria P.
Victoria P.2 years ago

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

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton2 years ago

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

paul m.
paul m.2 years ago


Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

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.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago