Moon Garden


I am wondering if you' have ever planted a moon garden? If so, what plants do you suggest that will best reflect the light of a full moon? Lewisburg, TN (zone 6B)
LindaLewisburg, TN


I do have a moon or as I call it, evening garden. My evening garden came about in a rather haphazard way. After I moved into my house and began spending time in my garden I realized the need for plants that come into their own after the sun sets. I found myself spending a great deal of time relaxing or entertaining in the garden in the evening and at night and so began adding plants to enrich the experience.

To begin I just followed the same principle that applies to a shady area – use pale colors and whites to brighten. I've also found that silver–gray and variegated foliaged plants to be nice in the evening garden. These light colors sparkle in the moonlight.

Then I added flowers that only open after dark, or only release their fragrance at night. Certain plants do this to attract night pollinators such as moths and bats.

Here's a list of plants that will bring your evening garden to life.

Foliage for an Evening Garden:
Licorice Plant (Helichrysum petiolare) – Silver–gray foliage; perennial; zones 7 – 10 depending on species and variety
Lamb's Ear 'Helen von Stein' (Stachys byzantina) – Silver–gray, wooly, large leaves; perennial; zones 4 – 8
Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria) – Silver–gray, low growing, upright foliage; annual; zones 8 – 10
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – Light gray foliage; fresh scent; perennial; zones 5 – 8
Variegated Ribbon Grass (Phalaris arundinacea variegata) – White and green variegated foliage; try the variety 'Strawberries and Cream' for the hint of pink in the foliage; perennial; zones 4 – 9
Artemisia 'Silver Queen' (Artemisia ludoviciana) – Silver–gray foliage; fresh scent; perennial; zones 4 – 9
Sweet Potato Vine 'Margarita' (Ipomea batatas) – Chartreuse foliage; annual vine/groundcover; zones 9 – 11
Hosta 'Sun Power' – Translucent yellow–green leaves; perennial; zones 3 – 10
Mexican Feather Grass (Stipa tenuissima) – Thin, bright green foliage and pale, feathery plums reflect light and add movement; tender perennial; zone 9.

Blooms for an Evening Garden:
Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana alata) – Small, white, tubular blooms that open at dusk emitting a strong, jasmine like fragrance; short lived perennials grown as an annual; zones 10 – 11
Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) – Large, white blooms on a vining plant with heart shaped leaves; lightly perfumed; blooms only at night; annual; zones 9 – 11
Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia) – Large trumpets hang down from this fast growing tropical plant; highly fragrant; white, peach or yellow blooms; tropical grown as an annual, zones 9 –11
Four O'Clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) – Fragrant medium sized flowers; true to its name blooms open late afternoon; annual; zones 8 – 11
Night Blooming Jessamine (Cestrum nocturnum) – Tropical shrub; indistinct white flowers that open at night; very strong fragrance that can be overpowering if planted too close to open windows, porches or patios; tropical grown as an annual, zones 8 – 9
Oriental Lily 'Casa Blanca' – Big, beautiful, pure white blooms; sweet fragrance; perennial bulb; zones 4 – 8
Foam Flower (Tiarella) – North American native plant; spires of puffy white, fragrant flowers; 'Iron Butterfly' is a particularly nice variety because of its dramatic black striped foliage; perennial; zones 5 – 10
Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis paniculata) – Delicate, highly fragrant white blooms in late summer or early autumn; perennial vine; zones 4 – 9
Share this articlePrint this article
Related articlesSave this article in your favorites



by catzma1 on June 20, 2014 06:13
How do you pick herbs to downsize bush and harvest from a herb bush?

Fungus gnats

by Norma5Star on May 8, 2014 12:43
Wonderful! I am happy to finally have an answer to those tiny, annoying pests! Thank you P. Allen for saving Mom\'s house plants.

poultry problems

by dotti on September 15, 2013 02:27
I want to raise chickens and ducks but I don\'t have a coop. I live on 40 acre farm in ND. I am deciding between 6+ breeds of ducks and chickens but cant decide they\'re all pretty good egg layers and docile. I want pure breeds and have to have to have them all. What should I do? Where should I order them? Please help.

Virginia Creeper

by katherinelizabeth on August 11, 2013 12:41
Just another thought... the VC and the BK in my previous post are also nearly identical.

Targeting Just the Weed

by katherinelizabeth on August 11, 2013 12:39
If you want to use the synthetic weed killer close to good plants, try making a bottomless box out of an old cardboard one. Mark the outside of the box as such before you start spraying. Then place the box over the offending plant and spray... just it. Trick is to match the size of the box to the size of the weed you want to kill. But boxes are easy to come by, so you can make more than one. Had to do this to target some Bush Killer that came too close in my yard, and it did protect. Getting rid of the BK, however... well... :(

Dogwood tree

by gardenman18 on July 20, 2013 04:06
I want to learn how to plant a dogwood tree right way.

Clay Ground

by on February 3, 2013 09:18
Will Roses do good in very bad clay ground?

Theme music

by betsi.vesser on October 13, 2012 09:15
I love this piece of music! It is so calming and just right for all those who love gardens. It actually describes my 94 year old mom who still likes to get out and work around in her garden! Thank you for giving us this lovely piece (peace) of music on each show.

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.