Recently, on Facebook I mentioned that I don't really get any work done until the evening and late at night is when I feel my most creative. A friend suggested that I plant a moon garden to combine my nocturnal and gardening activities.
What is a Moon Garden?
A moon garden is a series of plantings whose, color, texture, sound, and scent can be appreciated starting in the evening and into the night. While a moon garden would work best in areas with less light pollution than Chicago, there's no reason why you can't plant one here.
Plants and Flowers for a Moon Garden
The flowers that work best in a moon garden are white or light-colored. White flowers pick up the light and shimmer at night. In dark garden nooks they seem to hover amidst the dark backgrounds. Moonflower (pictured above) is the most popular of blooms you can add to your moon garden. The vine is a member of the morning glory family and can be easily grown from seeds you can find at garden centers in Chicago. The flowers, the size of dinner plates, open in the evening and are show-stoppers. Other plants that are white and easy to start from seed are white cosmos, nicotiana (scented blooms), zinnias, four O' clocks (scented blooms), petunias and marigolds. Plants that don't produce white blooms but have variegated or silver foliage, lamb's ear plant for instance, work well. You can find light-colored nasturtiums, but if those are usually sold in a mix, try nasturtium "Alaska" for the variegated foliage. Don't overlook herbs whose scented foliage can be brushed against or touched to enjoy. Bulbs like white blooming liatris and lilies shouldn't be overlooked. The Oriental lilies in my garden release the most amazing aroma on humid evenings that every year I wish I had planted more of them.
Who is a Moon Garden For?
Office workers with long commutes, container gardeners, gardeners with small spaces like patios and decks and of course, vampires. A moon garden is the perfect type of garden for people who have busy work and social schedules and want a place to unwind after a long day. Plant your moon garden where you will enjoy it. That may be a window, deck or balcony you have meals on in the summer or even a window box.
Hint: The majority the plants I listed are inexpensive annuals that can be easily. Right now a few of the big box stores have seeds for sale 40% off. You could start a moon garden for less than $5.00.