Enchanting Plants for a Magical Moon Garden

A moon garden is a dream-like garden meant to be enjoyed once the sun goes down and the the dark cascades over your yard.

Moon gardens are filled with varieties that pop in the dark, such as blooms and foliage featuring bright whites, enchanting silvers, and iridescent greens.

The most magical moon gardens also weave in elements to capture our other senses that become more active at night – imagine the soothing sound of a fountain’s trickling water…or the sweet scent of a flower bloom, traveling through the breeze.

Bring your garden to life once the shade of night arrives with some of Prairie Gardens & Jeffrey Alans favorite varieties for moon gardens. Plus, find extra tips for garden additions to add an extra touch of fantasy to your night-time garden.

SWEET ALYSSUM

ANNUAL

Filled with small clusters of sweet-smelling fragrant blooms. Plant in part sun to sun.

VARIEGATED IVY

ANNUAL

A wonderful vining accent plant that works nicely in containers. Plant in part sun to sun.

ARTEMISIA

PERENNIAL

Feathery, silver variety that also gives off a beautiful fragrance. Plant in full sun.

BACOPA

ANNUAL

A favorite for containers, bacopa spills and features clusters of white blooms. Plant in full sun.

QUICK MOON GARDEN TIP

ADD GARDEN LIGHTS OR SOLAR STAKES TO CREATE POCKETS OF LIGHT IN CORNERS OF YOUR MOON GARDEN AND ILLUMINATE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE VARIETIES

LILLIUM

PERENNIAL

The stark white blooms pop in the beginning of June. Plant in full sun.

DUSTY MILLER

ANNUAL

Silver foliage gives off a dusty texture. Plant in full sun.

EUPHORBIA

ANNUAL

Tiny white blooms are featured on this airy variety. Another favorite for containers. Plant in full sun.

QUICK MOON GARDEN TIP

INCORPORATE HARD ELEMENTS, LIKE GAZING BALLS, CERAMIC POTTERY, AND MORE TO PROVIDE SURFACES FOR MOONLIGHT TO CATCH AND REFLECT OFF OF

PETUNIA

ANNUAL

The every-popular petunia is a perfect fit for a moon garden. Featuring bold white blooms sure to pop. Stands up well to the summer heat. Plant in full sun.

LICORICE PLANT

ANNUAL

Helichrysum petiolare or Licorice Plant is a popular white, non-flowering annual full of texture. Plant in full sun to part shade. Photo courtesy of provenwinners.com.

ICEBERG ALLEY SWEETLEAF WILLOW

SHRUB

Features silver & white foliage. Upright-rounded growth habit. Grows 3-6′. Plant in full sun.

QUICK MOON GARDEN TIP

ADD A RUNNING FOUNTAIN TO AWAKE YOUR SENSE OF SOUND AND CATCH THE MOON IN THE WATER’S REFLECTION

INSTANT KARMA ELDERBERRY

SHRUB

Features bright green and white edge foliag & ewhite lacy blooms. Plant in full to part sun.

JASMINE

TROPICAL (ANNUAL)

Star-like blooms give off an irresistible sweet fragrance. Plant in full sun.

LAMB’S EAR

TROPICAL (ANNUAL)

A popular variety that gets it’s name due to it’s soft lamb-like foliage. Plant in full sun. Photo courtesy of provenwinners.com.

LITTLE HENRY SWEETSPIRE

SHRUB

Fragrant, tail-like blooms. Foliage is bright green in spring & summer, which change to orange and red in fall. Grows 2-3′. Plant in full sun.

LUCKY WHITE LANTANA

ANNUAL

A heat-tolerant, popular annual. Great for containers or planting in the ground. Plant in full sun.

QUICK MOON GARDEN TIP

PLANT THE SAME VARIETIES IN CLUSTERS TO CREATE LARGER POPS OF COLOR, MAKING THEM MORE NOTICEABLE IN THE NIGHT

MEZOO

ANNUAL

Bright green, succulent-like foliage. Small red blooms. Plant in full sun.

GARDENIA

TROPICAL (ANNUAL)

Sweetly fragrant, dark green waxy foliage, bright white blooms. Plant in full sun.

FIBER OPTIC GRASS

ANNUAL

Features grassy foliage with white ball tips, mimicing fiber-optic lights. Photo courtesy of provenwinners.com.

QUICK MOON GARDEN TIP

ADDING FRAGRANT VARIETIES, SUCH AS JASMINE, SWEET ALYSSUM, GARDENIA & MORE, WILL AWAKE YOUR SENSE OF SMELL AS THEY TRAVEL THROUGH THE BREEZE.

SWEDISH IVY

ANNUAL

A great spiller with dark green and white-edged foliage. Plant in full sun.

 

VINCA VINE

ANNUAL

Another popular accent plant, vinca vine beautifully spills out of containers. Plant in full to part sun.

 

AUTUMN FROST HOSTA

PERENNIAL

Frosty blue leaves and striking yellow edges. Plant in part shade to shade. Grows 1′-2′. Photo courtesy of provenwinners.com

CALADIUM

ANNUAL

Bright white foliage with dark green veins. Plant in sun to shade.

VINCA

ANNUAL

Features dark green foliage and blankets of white blooms. Plant in full sun.

QUICK MOON GARDEN TIP

JUST WANT A TOUCH OF MOON LIGHT, CREATE A MOON CONTAINER! WATCH VIDEO BELOW FOR A TUTORIAL FROM GARDEN ANSWER.

WHITE KNOCKOUT ROSE

Knockout roses will continue to reward you with blooms after blooms after blooms. Plant in full sun.

PENTA

ANNUAL

Big bold white blooms pop against dark green foliage. Plant in full sun.

HYDRANGEA

SHRUB

Mounds of big bold blooms. Limelight, Annabelle, Invincibelle and Gatsby Star are just some of the wonderful white or lime green varieties that with delight in a moon garden. Plant in part shade to shade.

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