Plan a Moonlight Garden

Focus on white and light-colored flowers to create a garden that glows in the moonlight.


| Summer 2016


“Why are there no pink or white flowers in your garden?” my friend the late Betty Wold asked me one summer morning. Betty was a lifelong herbalist and educator from Oklahoma, and we were taking a tour of my gardens.

I explained I didn’t really care for pink or white flowers very much and so chose only the more vibrant colors I liked. “Besides,” I said, “I try to have only plants that pay me back for the space I give them, either by providing food, seasoning, or medicine. The white and pink flowers seem kind of wimpy to me.”

“But if you have only darker colored flowers, none of those show up in the moonlight,” she chided me with a laugh. “How can you have a picnic in the moonlight without the night colors?”

Over the years I’ve come to appreciate the more subtle floral colors, not for their daytime hues, but for how magically they transform after sunset, even in simple starlight. And all of those brilliant blue and crimson flowers I love in the daylight literally disappear from view at night.



I sometimes stroll through my garden enjoying how different it is at night. Not only do the white flowers glow with unexpected light, the pinks and lighter yellows seem to have a vibrancy totally absent in daylight. Flowers I’ve overlooked during the day, such as white cosmos, appear to actually glow at night.

A moonlit garden has a different set of fragrances, as well, some subtle, some pronounced. In the heat of the day, many essences are lost to our senses because the heat evaporates them so quickly. At night fragrances are considerably more noticeable. Dianthus, of any color, which has lovely, clove-scented fragrance by day, is absolutely delicious at night.








mother earth news fair 2018 schedule

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Next: June 2-3, 2018
Frederick, MD

Sit in on dozens of practical workshops from the leading authorities on natural health, organic gardening, real food and more!

LEARN MORE








Subscribe today

Heirloom GardenerCultivate your love of historic plant varieties and traditional recipes with a subscription to Heirloom Gardener magazine today!

Don’t miss a single issue of Heirloom Gardener. Published by the editors of MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Heirloom Gardener provides decades of organic gardening experience from the most trusted voices in the field. Subscribe today and save as much as 38% off the newsstand price! Get one year (4 issues) for only $24.95!




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265