Gardening is the hobby of many but there is more then one type of garden. One of the least appreciated types of garden is a moon garden. Like the name suggests this type of garden is best viewed at night. Moon gardens are made of light and reflective flowers so that they can be viewed in the dark
One of the most popular flowers in a moon garden is moonvine. This plant is made up of dark greenery with a completely contrasting large white blossom. Like is name suggests, a moonvine is the perfect flower for a moon garden. This blossom is very large and easily reflects light. Most people consider this to be the most basic aspects of a moon garden.
Another good flower that works well in any moon garden is silver santolina. This bushy, white plant looks a lot like lavender, but it is more silvery and less green. It adds a bit of texture and greenery to all moon gardens. Similar to the silver santolina is lambs ear. This silvery plant has wide, silver like leaves can reflect moonlight and starlight. It acts as a nice filler to a moon garden and is a common plant in most parts of the world so it is easily available. It also has a light purple to deep pink blossom which adds some color to it.
Nicotiana’s are large 5 sided flowers that resemble stars. These flowers come in a variety of colors including deep pink, light pink, light purple, red, and white. For a moon garden a white nicotiana is essential (although the light pink and light purple can also be mixed with the white). Believe it or not Nicotiana is also commonly known as a tobacco plant. Be careful to follow all state and local laws about planting nicotiana if you want to include them in your garden.
One last plant to consider when creating a moon garden is the white potato creeper. This large white blossomed plant gets its name because it is well known for taking over gardens that contain potatoes. For this reason be sure to use caution if you plan on planting a potato creeper. Restraining it with wire might be your best option. When planted and maintained correctly a white potato creeper can give off large blossoms of white and light yellow.
Lastly, if you are looking to add something else to your moon garden besides flowers and plants look into a reflective pool. These pools can be purchased online or at garden centers. They range in size from 3 feet up to 8 feet long and add a silver reflective property to a moon garden. They are especially nice when lined with white rocks.
Remember, when making a moon garden choose light colored flowers or plants, add accents like water or rocks and don’t be afraid to get creative. There is no limit to what type of garden you can create. Let your imagination go wild. A moon garden is a creative way to show off your gardening and landscaping skills.