Moon Gardens


The Moon Garden

Moon gardens can be enjoyed throughout the season. However, as our days get shorter but our temperatures remain warm, this is the best time of year to enjoy a moon garden! Moon gardens are intentionally planted to create a sort of sensory oasis that is brought to life under the lunar light.


Garden Features

WHITE & SILVER: When it is dark outside and visibility is low, our visual sense tends to be heightened allowing us to detect reflected light more easily. Plants that feature white or silver will appear to glow under the light of the moon.


SWEET SCENTS: Our other senses, such as smell, will also tend to be heightened and it will become easier to detect the sweet scents of aromatic blossoms carried on the breeze.


SOUND SCAPES: Similarly, our sense of hearing will also heighten. Including chimes, babbling water features, or other soothing sounds can add a magical touch to your moon garden.


Garden Planning

USE OF SPACE: First, consider how you’ll likely use your outdoor space at night. Would you prefer to take a stroll under the moonlight or snuggle up in your favorite spot? Will you be alone or sharing it with others? How many others? Think about where you’ll be and the potential garden space in its immediate vicinity. You’ll want to create your moon garden close enough to see under low light conditions. Chimes and water features can be placed further away. This will prevent the soundscape from seeming too loud while our ears are listening extra hard.


MASS PLANTINGS: For a more impactful visual experience, plant white and silver plants in large groupings. This will make them easier to detect in low light and creates a brighter space.


STAGGERING BLOOMS: Especially if you’re hoping to enjoy your moon garden throughout the season, be sure to consider bloom times and choose to place plant groupings next to other plant groupings with alternate bloom times.


LONGER BLOOMS: The best blooms for maximizing your moon garden experience will be those with the longest bloom times. This will allow you to use a smaller variety of plants but still maintain blooms throughout the season.


FOCUS ON FOLIAGE: Another helpful tip for ensuring a luminescent garden all season long is to include lots of plants that feature variegated white or silver foliage.

Moon Garden Plants

The plant list below is by no means exhaustive. Several species of plants may have more than one variety with white blossoms or variegated white or silver foliage. There are also several other species of plants not listed that could be incorporated. The plants listed below are just our favorites, a great starting place for planning your own moon garden!


Spring Snow Crabapple

Malus ‘Spring Snow’

Princess Kay Plum

Prunus nigra ‘Princess Kay’

Ivory Silk Japanese Tree Lilac

Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’


Incrediball Hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Abetwo’ PPAF

Blizzard Mock Orange

Philadelphus lewisii ‘Blizard’

Blanche Double de Coubert Rose

Rosa ‘Blanche Double de Coubert’

Snowmound Spirea

Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’

Beauty of Moscow

Syringa v. ‘Krasavitsa Moskvy’

Common Snowball

Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’


Snowdrop Anemone

Anemone sylvestris

Old Fashion White Bleeding Hearts

Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’

PowWow White Coneflower

Echinacea p. ‘PowWow White’

Dwarf Bloody Geranium

Geranium sang. var. striatum

Alaska Shasta Daisy

Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Alaska’

Festiva Maxima Peony

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Festiva Maxima’


Henry Clematis

Clematis ‘Henryi’

Moonflower (Annual)

Ipomoea alba


Silver Brocade Artemisia

Artemisia stelleriana ‘Boughton Silver’

Jack Frost Brunnera

Brunnera macro. ‘Jack Frost’ PP13859


Cerastium tomentosum

Patriot Hosta

Hosta fortunei ‘Patriot’

White Nancy Lamium

Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’


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