10 Moon Garden Ideas To Help You Create A Whimsical YardPublished: 05/12/2022 | Updated: 29/03/2023
Are you looking for a way to add some whimsy to your garden? If so, then a moon garden is exactly the sort of magic you'll need!
Moon gardens are a stunning addition to any yard, as they express the mystery and grace of the night sky and night bloomers.
And if you're a huge fan of silvery foliage, white flowers, and the scent of sweet autumn clematis, evening primrose, and other moon garden flowers, then a moon garden is perfect for you!
If this isn't enough, then read on ShrubHub’s guide to find out more about the beauty of moon gardens.
Creating your own moon garden is easy and fun!
Before we start giving you ideas for your moonlight garden, we want you to know that creating your own moon garden is easy, fun, and rewarding. There are many ways to create a moon garden, but the basics include:
Designing a bed or planter box with raised edges
Adding some gravel or stone or proper drainage, then adding soil
Planting fragrant blooms and other moon flower garden plants.
Finally, decorate the bed with white gravel
You can use any type of stone for this project such as river rocks or flat cobblestones in order to create an interesting look for your beds.
In fact, there are many different types of materials you can use besides mulch around these gardens including rocks, concrete slabs, and even pebbles made from recycled glass bottles!
1. Choose The Right Flowers For Your Moon Garden
The moon garden is a popular choice for gardeners who want to create their own space filled with flowers that are visible only at night or during certain times of the year.
The beauty of the moon garden is that you can use any plants you like, so long as they fit in with your color scheme and add to the overall theme. However, there are certain varieties of flowers that are commonly used in moon gardens.
Some of them include:
Night Blooming Jasmine
2. Choose Either Silver Or Variegated Foliage, But Not Both
When creating a moon garden, a master gardener would stick to a harmonious color scheme. That means that mixing both silver and variegated foliage is a huge mistake.
With silver foliage, you can add that sparkly magic of a moonlight garden to your yard. This effect will be achieved by the reflection of moonlight off silver leaves, which makes them look like they're glowing with magic.
Variegated foliage also looks great in the moonlight—the white parts will light up as well, adding another dimension to the design.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating your own moon garden.
3. Choose The Most Fragrant Flowers
Fragrance is an important part of any garden, but it becomes even more important when you’re creating a moon garden. You want to make sure that your flowers are fragrant so they can fill the air with their intoxicating scents. They are the ones that will fill your garden with a delightful scent when they’re in bloom.
Fragrant plants are also a great way to attract pollinators and work as an excellent addition to any garden.
Some examples of fragrant flowers include:
There are many more fragrant flowers that you can choose from, including lavender, sage, rosemary, and mint. These plants will not only help you relax but they can also be used in cooking.
4. Plant Coreopsis For a Low-Maintenance Garden
Planting Coreopsis is a great way to add color and interest to your garden without having to spend time on maintenance.
It’s a low-maintenance, easy-to-grow perennial that blooms from spring through fall. You can either plant it as a border or use it as an accent for containers or other areas of your landscape.
If you choose to grow this flower from seed, be aware that germination may take up to three weeks after planting.
In gardens that receive full sun, Coreopsis grows best when planted in sandy loam soil with good drainage; however, it can also thrive in clay soils if they are amended with compost before planting begins.
5. Use Climbing Plants to Add Height and Drama
If you want to add height and drama to your whimsical moon garden, climbing plants are a great way to do it. You can use climbing plants to cover walls or fences, arbors, or pergolas. The possibilities are endless!
A good place to start is with Vinca minor (also known as creeping myrtle) or Vinca major (also known as big leaf periwinkle).
These hardy ground covers grow in shade and sun areas alike, blooming with tiny white flowers in springtime which turn purple around July 4th. If you live in an area where summers get very hot and humid then these will do fine for you.
However, if summer temperatures go over 90 degrees Fahrenheit regularly, then consider using other types of vines such as passion flower vine (Passiflora caerulea), since they're much more heat tolerant than the Vinca species mentioned above.
6. Use Silvery Artwork as Stand-Alone Décor in the Moon Garden
If you want to create a magical moon garden, why not use silvery artwork to decorate it?
If you have an ornamental lake or pond in your yard, use a small boat as an accent piece on the water. Or if you have a fountain with benches surrounding it, arrange some plants and flowers around each seat so that they look like they are growing out of them.
If you don't have any fountains or ponds, then go out to buy some pieces of silver artwork that sparkle in the sunlight and radiate at night when lit up by moonlight!
You can find these inexpensively at craft stores or even online!
7. Use Colorful Glow In Dark Rocks or Pavers
Glow-in-the-dark rocks or pavers are perfect for creating pathways, or they can be used as part of a larger design.
These stones are made of a type of plastic that is illuminated by light and then glows for hours after being exposed to the sun. They're quite durable, so they won't need to be replaced often if at all.
You can use them as an accent on a pathway, or you can surround your entire garden with them.
If you have a pond outside of your house, lay some glow-in-the-dark pavers around it to make it look like they're floating on top of the water!
Glow-in-the-dark stones are available in many colors and sizes. You can choose a color that matches your decorative theme. They can be purchased online or at your local home improvement store.
8. Plant Some Night Blooming Jasmine
Night Blooming Jasmine is a must-have In Your Moon Garden. It is one of the most popular flowers in this type of garden, due to its fragrance and easy care.
As the name suggests, these flowers bloom at night, when the temperature is cool enough for them to open up their white petals.
The scent attracts moths and butterflies that pollinate these beautiful flowers.
It's also a low-maintenance plant that looks beautiful in any garden, not just moon gardens.
9. Consider Night Blooming Flowers
A moon garden is a great project for the gardener who loves to be out in the night air, enjoying the quiet and solitude. Although it does not require any special training or expertise, you should know that a moon garden takes time to grow.
You’ll want to prepare your plans well and do most of your work during the day so that you can enjoy watching your new garden come alive at night.
You can choose from many different kinds of plants for this type of garden. Some popular choices include night-blooming flowers such as Shasta daisies and Calla lilies; fragrant plants like jasmine; variegated plants like hostas; and even houseplants if you have access to indoor lighting at night!
10. Make Pathways With Pebbles
You can use pebbles to create a path from your house to the moon garden, which will look like a magical path to the heavens in the moonlight.
The pebbles should be color-coordinated and in a variety of sizes. You can use small ones to create the path, then use larger ones as stepping stones.
If you live in an area with heavy rainfall, use a sealant to protect the pebbles from getting washed away.
So, what are you waiting for?
Go out and make your own moon garden! It’s easy to do and you can have tons of fun with it.
We hope these ideas helped you get started on your own project.
Remember: don’t get too caught up in making sure everything looks perfect. This is supposed to be a whimsical space, so just enjoy yourself!
And if you need the advice of yard landscaping experts to get started with your night garden, then don't forget to check out ShrubHub's landscaping services!