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By the light of the silvery moon – Moon Gardens

Updated: Jul 5, 2022

Looking for a garden project? How about creating a Moon Garden?

Moon Gardens are gardens that are enjoyed at night by the light of the moon. Our senses are heightened in the dark and we are more attuned to the sights, sounds and smells that encompass us. These gardens consist mainly of white flowers and silver foliage as they reflect the light of the moon. Many of the flowers are scented, especially those that release their scent at night. All of this makes for a perfect garden to entertain in on those cool summer nights.

Top picks for your Moon Garden.

It goes without saying your moon garden needs to have Moonflowers (Ipomoea alba). This is a very vigorous annual climber that can easily reach 3 metres in height and up to 4 metres wide. As dusk approaches the large fragrant, lightly iridescent white flowers unfurl making themselves available to the night time pollinators. The flowers may only last a night and into the early morning but they more than make up for it by their sheer size which is approximately 15cm across and will flower for several months.

Tanacetum Ptarmiciflorum ‘Silver Lace’ - A rounded perennial with feathery silver foliage that keeps its shape for several years with white daisy flowers in spring. In the search for silver foliage plants this is one that should not be overlooked.

Platycodon grandiflorus White - Balloon Flower - There are easy to grow, long-lived perennials. Large, long-lasting star-shaped flowers emerge from balloon-like buds in summer and will occasionally repeat bloom in the autumn.

Campanula medium Canterbury Bells - a popular biennial (perennial in some areas) garden plant reaching about 60 cm. These plants have a long-lasting blooming season.

Salvia verticillata 'White Rain' - evergreen perennial, forming a bushy mound of fuzzy olive-green leaves. Upright spikes of white flowers begin to appear in early summer, and will continue for weeks if the spent heads are regularly removed.

Centranthus ruber ‘Albus’ - White False Valerian - this is an old-fashioned semi-woody perennial cut flower. Plants form an upright, bushy mound of grey green foliage, bearing rounded heads of fragrant white flowers over many weeks.

Delphinium 'Galahad White' - Part of the Pacific Giants group of Delphiniums. This selection features beautiful white flowers with white centres growing to 180cm. Plants form a low mound of deeply-cut green leaves, bearing tall spikes of satiny flowers. These clump forming perennials are the stars of the early summer border.

Eryngium Planum 'White Glitter' - Flat Sea Holly - an elegant perennial with a profusion of glistening silvery ivory flowers. It is extremely attractive to bees, butterflies and other insects. This Eryngium grows to 90cm and prefers full sun and well drained soil.

Sweet Peas for your Moon Garden

Mrs Collier for her strong vanilla scent.

Royal Wedding for its strong orange-jasmine scent.

Timeless for its frills.

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