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Moon Gardening

Author: Solstice Moon

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There is nothing more beautiful at night than looking up at the Moon and looking
down at its audience. A symphony of beautiful flowers that stand at attention,
when the night comes upon us!

Whether you would like an Herb Garden, a
Medicine Wheel Garden, or maybe a Fairy Garden, these themes can help you with
ideas to bring Mother Earth alive, not in your imagination, but in your gardens
and your hearts. So, each month, we will bring you a new theme.

A Moon
Garden is flowers that bloom at night. They are generally white, but can be in
other pale shades. 

Depending on the Hardiness zone you live, there
are many flowers you can plant for your Moon Garden. Just be sure to check for
your particular zone or call your local extension office.



Listed
below are just a few of the flowers suggested for your Moon Garden. Only some of
these bloom at night, but the rest of them make wonderful additions to the Moon
Garden.

I hope you get as much pleasure from yours as I do from mine!




GIANT MOONFLOWER
A fast growing vine related to the morning
glory, this annual may climb to 10 feet. Tightly closed by day, its white
flowers open at dusk to release a sweet fragrance. Flowers can be seen very
clearly in moonlight.



PINK EVENING PRIMROSE

A lovely
border plant growing to 12" with silky, rose colored blooms that deepen to a
butter-yellow center. Opens in late evening to release soft fragrance.




JASMINE TOBACCO:
Sweet scented alata
A very sweet
scented flowering tobacco with pure white trumpet shaped flowers 3-4" long and
1-1/2" wide that open in evening. Very free flowering. Fall sown seedlings make
great pot plants for growing during the winter. A good Moon Garden subject as
flowers open at night and show up well in moonlight.



WHITE
ANGEL'S TRUMPET
TOLOACHE
Excellent Moon Garden plant with large showy
pure white trumpet shaped flowers up to 8" long that open at night. Sometimes
fragrant. Large spiny seed pods. One of the largest Angel's Trumpet.




SOUTH AFRICAN
DIMORPHOTHECA
This is the famous flower
from the flora of the South African countryside. Grows only 12" tall with milky
white blossoms so pure they appear to be luminous. Shows up very well at night
under moonlight.



PURE WHITE SPIDER PLANT
A delightful spider
plant that grows about 3 ft. tall. Very different, as it has pure white
glistening flowers. Pre-chill seeds for about a week before sowing, should
germinate in about 2-3 weeks.



PURE WHITE AFRICAN DAISY
A
fast growing African daisy growing to 10 inches with large, pure white flowers
with black eyes. A slightly spreading plant.



FRAGRANT BRIDAL
CARNATIONS
An unusual carnation with pure white, absolutely symmetrical,
very fragrant flowers. A must for any flower arrangement.





WHITE DILL
AMMI MAJUS
A beautiful plant growing to
about 36 in. tall with clouds of white flowers often in clusters 6 in. or more
across. Excellent as a cut flower or as a filler in bouquets. Seeds need light
to germinate. Seedlings will appear in about two weeks.



SUPER
WHITE CANDYTUFT
FLORIST'S STRAIN 
This flower will stand out in any
arrangement. Beautiful large trusses of brilliant white flowers on sturdy stems.
Very easy to raise. Seeds germinate in about 10 days.



WHITE
LEAVED DUSTY MILLER
The foliage of this plant is very white and fine leafed.
Good compact growth. A different looking dusty miller that will stand out in
your garden. Sow seeds on surface, germinates in about 2 weeks.




PURE WHITE SALVIA
Grows 10-12 inches with dark green foliage
and pure white flowers. Very unusual and very early flowering.




PURE WHITE CONEFLOWER
ECHINACEA VAR.
A lovely pure white
version of echinacea purpurea that bears fragrant white coneflowers. Very nice
cutflowers.



SNOW WHITE CARNATION
DIANTHUS CARYOPHYLLUS

Probably the whitest carnations you will ever see. An excellent cutflower,
they also make wonderful bedding and border plants. Have spicy-sweet fragrance.




FEVERFEW
MATRICARIA CAPENSIS
A native American herb with
sprays of 1" single white daisy like flowers. Yellow centers are flat. The
flowers are said to repel bees and a tea made from the plant is said to relieve
headaches.



MAYWEED
MATRICARIA CHAMOMILLA
A gorgeous
plant with fern-like foliage and white daisy-like flowers. The leaves make a
relaxing bed-time tea.



Four O'Clocks

These are fragrant
flowers that come in several colors. Their trumpet shape blooms open in the
evening around four p.m. and close in the daylight.



Happy
Gardening
Solstice Moon

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