Moon garden flowers at night

Moon and Evening Gardens

An evening garden also known as a moon garden is exactly what it sounds like--a garden that you can enjoy in the evening, after a long day at the office, during dinner with friends, or for a little romance under the glow of the moon. Chances are, you’re too busy too enjoy your garden during the day. If so, why not think about designing an evening garden.

1. Location
When choosing a location think about where the moon shines on the yard or where the light comes from at night if you have streetlights. In order to enjoy your garden by the “light of the moon” you should locate it in an area that’s not shaded by large trees or overhanging shrubs and vines. Avoid windy areas as well.

2. Fragrance
Flower and foliage fragrance is probably the most important feature of an evening garden. That's because your primary sense at night is probably going to be smell. Flowers like nicotiana (flowering tobacco) and trumpet lilies are good choices, as is the moonflower of course (pictured above) and jasmine or even honeysuckle. Rosemary and thyme are great choices as well because of their fragrant leaves.

3. Glow Factor - Flowers
In an evening garden, the "glow" factor is important and white flowers often dominate the color scheme in evening gardens. Flowers in pale shades of pink, blue, purple, and yellow are good options as well.

4. Glow Factor - Foliage
Choosing plants with light colored or even variegated foliage (hostas for instance) makes it easier to see them by the light of the moon (or streetlights if that's the case). Examples of silvery light colored foliage plants include artemesia, dusty miller, and snow-in-summer, which also has white flowers. Additionally, dark green foliage with white flowers can make the flowers glow even more.

5. Bloom Time
Obviously moonflowers and other evening blooming flowers that bloom at dusk or at night are a good choice for an evening garden, but so are quite a few other flowers. The main criterion is that they do not close up at night like daylilies for example.

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