You’ve had a long day or even a rough week. You’re exhausted. You step out into your moon garden, and it’s the perfect night. It’s a full moon; the glow is other-worldly, luminescent, and beguiling. 

You move towards your favorite, most comfortable, and safe space in the entire world. The deep, sultry, pungent smells of blossoming life hit you right in the feels as sphinx moths waft past you. It’s a full moon, and by the pale light of the moon, you gaze upon what can only be described as a fairy tale – a bright, beautiful, brilliant white garden.

You sit down and take in the delicate, pale flowers, silver plants and white blooms. This corner of the earth is yours to unwind, relax, and truly savor. All you need to do to make this yours is create your own moon garden. Here’s how. 

Moon garden flowers and planner from Skip to my Lou on a dark blue background.
Create your own Moon Garden using our 8 easy steps and planner!

What’s a Moon Garden?

A moon garden is designed to be enjoyed in the evening or at night, particularly under the full moon’s light. These gorgeous gardens typically feature plants with white or silver foliage and flowers that are either white or silver, as these colors are more visible in low-light conditions. 

Moon gardens can create a serene, luminous atmosphere and perfectly complement a water feature. Fungus plants are often incorporated into moon gardens, as scents can be more pronounced in the evening when temperatures are cooler. 

Additionally, elements such as white or light-colored pathways, reflective surfaces like water features or white stones, and strategically placed lighting can enhance the magical ambiance of a moon garden. 

The goal of a moon garden is to create a calming and enchanting space that provides a serene retreat for relaxation and contemplation during the evening hours.

Various moon garden flowers, including a lillies on a dark blue background.
A moon garden is the perfect place to relax and unwind!

Step-by-step Moon Garden Guide

Here’s how to make your moon garden dreams come true!

Step 1: Choose The Perfect Moon Garden Location

  • Choose a location for your moon garden that receives partial to total moonlight exposure at night. Ideally, it should be easily accessible and visible from your home.
  • Ensure the location has well-drained soil and receives at least 4-6 hours of sunlight during the day for the plants to thrive.

Step 2: Design Your Moon Garden Layout

  • Sketch a rough plan for your moon garden, considering the available space and existing features such as trees, shrubs, or structures.
  • Aim for a balance between open areas for stargazing and planting beds for your moon garden plants.
  • Incorporate pathways or stepping stones to navigate the garden, and consider adding seating areas for relaxation.

Step 3: Select Moon Garden Plants

  • Select plants with silver or white flowers, white and silvery foliage, or variegation for maximum impact. These will stand out in the moonlight and create a captivating effect.
  • Include fragrant flowers and plants such as night-blooming jasmine, moonflower, evening primrose, sweet alyssum, or white-flowering varieties of herbs like lavender or thyme to enhance the sensory experience. Consider including plants with interesting textures or foliage to add depth and visual interest to the garden and night pollinators like Ipomoea alba. 
  • Other popular moon garden choices include:
    • Shasta daisies
    • Dusty Miller
    • Calla lilies
    • Moonflower vines
    • Nicotiana sylvestris 
    • White hydrangea

Step 4: Prepare the Moon Garden Soil

  • Test the soil pH and fertility levels, and amend the soil as needed to ensure optimal growing conditions for your chosen plants.
  • Incorporate organic matter such as compost or aged manure to improve soil structure and fertility.

Step 5: Plant Your Moon Garden

  • Plant your moon garden in the spring or early summer, allowing plants to establish themselves before winter.
  • Space plants are arranged according to their mature size in clusters or drifts for a naturalistic look.
  • Water newly planted specimens thoroughly and mulch around them to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.

Step 6: Add Hardscape Moon Garden Elements

  • Install lighting fixtures such as solar-powered lanterns, string lights, or LED spotlights to illuminate pathways and highlight focal points in the garden.
  • Incorporate reflective surfaces like birdbaths, decorative mirrors, or polished stones to enhance the moonlight’s glow.

Step 7: Maintain Your Moon Garden

  • Water your moon garden regularly, especially during dry spells, to keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming and prune back overgrown or leggy plants to maintain a tidy appearance.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases and take appropriate measures to control them if necessary.
  • Fertilize your plants sparingly with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer according to their specific needs.

Step 8: Enjoy Your Moon Garden

  • Spend quiet evenings in your moon garden, soaking in the tranquil atmosphere and marveling at the beauty of the plants illuminated by the moonlight.
  • Host gatherings or events in your garden to share its enchanting ambiance with friends and family.
  • Take time to observe the nocturnal visitors to your garden, such as moths, fireflies, and other nighttime pollinators.

Starting a moon garden is a rewarding endeavor that allows you to create a peaceful sanctuary where you can connect with nature and enjoy the beauty of the night sky. With careful planning and maintenance, your moon garden will flourish and provide years of enjoyment. 

We’ve included a useful Moon Garden Planner to get you started.

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