6 Moonlight Garden Design Ideas

Moonlight gardens, once all the rage, are making a comeback. In a society where everyone works long hours, no one has time to spend in the garden during the day. A moonlight garden is a perfect solution because it can be enjoyed during the night time hours when you have free time to relax. Below are a few of these ideas to help you turn your garden into a moonlight garden.

Water Features

Water features are a soothing addition to any garden. They can contain a water lily and a few goldfish, or they can contain a waterfall to sing through your garden. In daylight they create an oasis of peace. For moonlight gardens they can do much the same, but in addition, they have the advantage of reflecting moonlight around, brightening up the garden area.

Variegated Foliage

Select plants with leaves that will reflect light. Leaves of pale green or gray will serve well. However, variegated leaves, where there are patches of a light and dark color, are excellent for moonlight gardens. In dry areas, try the Variegated Adam's Needle, a type of yucca with pale yellow and green leaves. In cooler areas, there is a variety of holly, Variegated English Holly, that has white edged leaves that will glow in the moonlight. Explore other types of variegated plants there are available for your area.

Night Blooming Flowers

Some flowers only bloom at night when the weather cools and a new host of pollinating insects come to play. Choose flowers that bloom at night for your moonlight garden so that they are at their peak when you are outside to enjoy them.

White Flowers

Pale flowers will show up better in moonlight than dark flowers. Be sure to select flowers that bloom at night or those that will stay open all the time rather than closing at night. Match your plants carefully. A white cosmos will not be the same shade as a white rose or a white violet. Pale pinks, yellows, and lavenders can also look lovely in the moonlight. However, in the moonlight, slight differences in coloring may make some flowers seem dingier than others in close proximity. Some gardeners suggest placing the flowers in their proposed locations while in containers and observing them in the moonlight before planting them.

Play on Your Sense of Smell

A moonlight garden isn't all about what you see--it's about an entire experience. Try covering the paths in an herb such as thyme or oregano instead of grass so that when you walk the path it will release its scent to tantalize your nose. Plant your borders with lavender or rosemary. Select flowers with complimentary fragrences to sweeten the air.

Add Your Sense Of Touch

Different textured leaves will catch the light differently and will catch the eye, but the best way they add to your garden is the way they feel. Lambs ear is covered in soft, silvery hairs that will catch the moonlight and tickle your fingers. Asparagus fern has tiny, needle-like leaves that are soft to the touch. Explore placing these types of plants near the edges of your planters where you can brush against them when you explore your garden.