On warm summer nights what better place to be than in the garden, enjoying the soft and fragrant breezes and bright plants in a moonlit garden. White flowers, silvery foliage and fragrant flowers combine with discreet lighting to give a dramatic touch to your garden. Ready to enjoy some moonlit foliage and flowers at night?
The best plants for a night garden
Creating a night garden can offer a unique and mysterious place for your next evening. Or just sit back and enjoy these wonderful flowers at night while relaxing after a long day. Nothing beats the feeling of calm associated with plants that look beautiful at night better. Here are my top picks for gorgeous lunar garden plants:
Silvery foliage for night gardens
The silvery Artemisia foliage, the painted ferns and the dusty miller all have that iridescent quality that stands out. The same goes for lamb ears, although it appears to be extinguished in the presence of high humidity or moist soil. I have grown all this and a warning with Artemisia: it can be aggressive. The variety “Valerie Finnis” should be less. Try these silvery plants:
Night flowers for perfume
For the fragrance, the Moonflower has, in effect, a heavenly scent and so does the large white flower of the Casa Blanca lily. Gardenia has an inebriating and unmistakable aroma.
White flowers at night
Bright white flowers like Angelonia, zinnia Profusion, phlox “David” and hibiscus Blue River II will surely make your head spin in the garden. Angelonia (summer snapdragon) is also fantastic in containers. Mix it with Profusion zinnia and Diamond Frost spurge for an extraordinary display. Here are some others:
- Black-eyed vineThunbergia alata ‘White-eyed Susie’)
- Fleece flower (Persicaria polymorpha)
- Hardy Hibiscus (H. moscheutos ‘Blue River II’)
- Pinky Winky hydrangea (H. paniculata ‘DVPpinky’) – beautiful pink and white flowers
- Night phlox
Many of these plants are hardy in warm areas 9 to 11. In colder areas, plants can be treated as annuals or grown in pots and wintered. Even without the moonlight, you can cast a warm glow on the evening specimens with lights, candles and landscape torches.