Ask any gardener why they install garden lights in their garden and they’ll give you the obvious answer: so that they can enjoy the natural beauty of their gardening efforts after the sun has fallen over the horizon. What a lot of them don’t understand is that there is another way to experience gardens at night – and it doesn’t require electric or solar powered garden lights at all.
We’re talking, of course, about a moon garden.
Moon gardens – also called nocturnal gardens – are very popular these days. Their appeal is generally to busy people whose jobs keep them away from their homes from early morning until well after dark. These people want to come home and savor their gardens – feel the peace and tranquility that the rest of us feel when we gaze at our gardens in the morning, afternoon and at dusk. The nighttime garden is their solution.,
It’s a good solution, too. Planting a moon garden can be lots of fun for both new and experienced gardeners. The key is to choose the right plants.
And therein lies perhaps the only challenge that gardeners steeped in traditional flower gardens will face. During the day, the nocturnal garden is extremely monochromatic! You are looking at plants that are basically white and silver. Not only that, many of them actually blossom only in darkness! That can create an enchanting, even mystical ambiance at, say, midnight. But it looks awful bland during the day.
So if you want to pursue a moon garden, then you are going to have to give up the deep red roses and the brilliant orange marigolds. But prepare to be pleasantly surprised by what you do end up with. These night-blooming gardens can be downright beautiful. And what’s wrong with another way to appreciate a garden for the full twenty-four hours of the day?