Creating and growing a “Moonlight Garden” would be a great charming idea.Long ago in the history, white-sand and pond moonlight meditation gardens were common in China. In 1639, the Mahtab Bagh – which means “moonlight garden” was created for Shah Jahan in India.

It is essential to grow plants in a defined area that can be experienced at night through sight and smell. These plants should be white,silver, cream or grey, as these colours reflect the most light and will glow in the light of the moon. Plants with fragrance will add to the elegance of such a “moonlight garden”.

Location of your garden needs to be somewhere the moonlight can reach. You should add ambient lighting – garden lights, braziers or candles  – or site the area where light from a house window or veranda will shine.

The “moonlight garden” will need sun as well – most flowering plants need around six hours of direct sunlight a day.

The annuals with white blooms including pansies, violas, cosmos, white impatiens, white begonias, marguerite daisies and dianthus, and white zinnias, Alyssum, petunias and stocks will give you scent as well.

Growing perennials like shasta daisies, daylilies, irises, dahlias and roses will make the moonlight garden more beautiful. You can add a clematis, or a climbing rose, to drape over a pergola or an arch and look at viburnum, camellia, oleander and magnolia for shelter and enclosure.Deciduous magnolia will glow with massive flowers for the ultimate in night-time drama.

A moonlight garden with fragrance will require growing scented plants preferably near patios and paths.

Plants with silver foliage and bark will add another dimension to the moonlight garden. The long sleek silver trunk of a massive eucalyptus
shines like a small town at night and reflects moonlight all over the garden.

Silver birch, olives and weeping silver pears will also pick up the light at night.The deciduous trees with interesting branch structures will throw intriguing moon shadows.

It would be better to buy a few unscented natural mosquito coils and hang them in the trees. They’ll cast their own shadows and add to the
ambience.

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