Find peace and repose in a garden that looks its best under the light of the moon.
Are you someone who rises before the sun to join the long string of headlights along the highway?
Is your work day long, so that you find yourself winding your way home long after sunset?
Is the weekend the only time that you see your yard in the daylight? If so, a ‘Moon Garden’ or ‘Evening Garden’ may be just what you need if you're looking to enjoy peace, quiet and serenity in your landscape.
There are five key elements to this type of garden:
- plants that stand out in low light (e.g., plants with leaves or blooms that feature silver, white, yellow, and cream variations)
- architectural or sculptural plants, or plants with interesting bark forms
- plants that emit their scents at night in order to attract pollinators
- lighting features that heighten the romance and highlight your plants
- fountains or water features that invoke serenity and serve as a source of hydration for pollinators
Ferns & Grasses
Grasses are imperative for any Moon Garden. While these perennials provide texture and color to the day time landscape, they are the voice of a nighttime garden as they sway and rustle in the breezes. As Autumn approaches, many grasses and ferns change color, providing new focal points in the garden.
'Cosmopolitan' Maiden Grass
'Karley Rose' Fountain Grass
'Frosty Curls' Sedge
Golden Variegated Hakonechloa
Little Bunny Fountain Grass
Perennials & Annuals
Night Blooming Plants
Trees and Shrubs
Low-wattage lights can be used to enhance garden features or to create dramatic shadows and textures.
- Consider installing pathways lined with oyster shell or other luminescent material that reflect the light of the moon.
- A solar powered lantern or decorative torch will accentuate the beauty of your nighttime garden.
- Gas lighting built into your pathways or hardscape can evoke timeless romance
- Add a light-colored bench near your lighting, so you can sit for a moment, absorbing the moonlight, the fragrance of the flowers around you, and the mood of your garden.
The next time you visit Homestead Gardens, visit our various departments and find out which plants would work best for you in a nighttime garden. Shake it up a little. Become a night-owl and see your garden like you've never seen it before.