Saturday, January 7, 2017

This Month's Color in the Garden: January 2017-White for Moon Garden

White Flowers for Moon Garden 
The color white is considered neutral in the garden and often radiates a sense of peace, romance and elegance. White blooms and foliage offer contrast in the daytime garden and make other colors "pop", but as darkness approaches they take on yet another role. Plants with white blooms or silvery-white foliage have a tendency to become more prominent during the early dawn and evening hours, and have become quite popular in the design of moon, or night gardens. Moon gardens are designed with plants whose foliage and blooms cause them to stand out at night and can be planned to create a peaceful oasis. Many night-blooming plants, such as Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) have blooms that are white and extremely fragrant, while some blooms, such as petunia, release their fragrance at night. When using foliage plants such as such as Stachys (Lamb's Ear), Dusty Miller or Artemeisia in a moon garden, their silvery-white leaves appears to "glow" in the moonlight.

Moon gate Blithewood Mansion Rhode Island

Hardscape elements can also be added to highlight a moon garden. This rounded structure is known as a moon gate, named for its shape, but would look lovely as an entrance to your night time garden. White gravel paths and lighting can also enhance your space for viewing in darkness. When it comes to selecting plants, Spring blooming flowers with white blooms include Allium 'Mount Everest', Crocus, Hyacinth, Tulip, Lilly of the Valley, Candytuft and Snowdrops. Summer blooming white blooms include Cerastium tomentosum (Snow in Summer), Astilbe 'Visions White', Aruncus (Goat's Beard) and Oriental Lily Cassablanca. Late summer blooms include Dahlia, Montauk Daisy, Echinacea 'White Swan' and Clematis 'Sweet Autumn'. Shrubs with beautiful white blooms include Azalea 'Autumn Angel', Hydrangea 'Pee Gee', 'Limelight', 'Annabelle' and 'Blushing Bride', Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake' and Butterfly Bush 'White Profusion'. For silvery-white to white foliage try Dusty Miller, Lamb's Ear, Artemeisia or variegated plants such as 'Patriot' Hosta, with green and white variegated leaves. There are numerous plants to choose from. Here are some suggested plants with their descriptions. 
Allium Mount Everest Old Westbury Gardens, Long Island, N.Y. 
Plant Type: Bulb, Perennial
Hardiness Zones:  5-9
Height: 3-4' Tall
Lighting: Full Sun-Part Shade
Bloom Time: Late Spring
White Crocus Jeanne D'Arc 
Plant Type: Bulb, Perennial 
Hardiness Zones: 3-8 
Height: 4-6" Tall 
Lighting: Full Sun-Part Shade
Bloom Time: Late Spring
Cerastium tomentosum (Snow in Summer) 
Plant Type: Perennial 
Hardiness Zone: 3-7 
Height: 4-8" Tall 
Lighting:  Full Sun-Part Shade
Bloom Time: Late Spring-Early Summer
Aruncus dioicus (Goat's Beard)
Plant Type: Perennial
Hardiness Zones:  3-7
Height: 4-6' Tall
Lighting: Full Sun-Part Shade
Bloom Time: Early-Mid SummerOriental Lilly Casablanca
Plant Type: Bulb, Perennial 
Hardiness Zones:  4-9
Height: 3-4' Tall
Lighting: Full Sun
Bloom Time: Mid-Late SummerDahlia Garden Planting Fields Arboretum Long Island, N.Y.
Plant Type: Bulb (Variety: Brookside Snowball)
Hardiness Zones:  8-10
Height: 4-6' Tall
Lighting: Full Sun
Bloom Time: Late Summer
Nipponanthemum nipponicum (Montauk Daisy)
Plant Type: Perennial
Hardiness Zones:  5-9
Height: 24-36" Tall
Lighting: Full Sun-Part Shade
Bloom Time: Late Summer-Fall
Hosta 'Patriot'
Plant Type: Perennial
Hardiness Zones:  4-8
Height: 14-24" Tall
Lighting: Part-Full Shade
Bloom Time: Mid-Summer (Light Lavender Flowers)
Dusty Miller
Plant Type: Annual
Hardiness Zones:  8-10
Height: 12-24" Tall
Lighting: Full Sun-Part Shade
Bloom Time: None-Foliage Silvery-White
Stachys (Lamb's Ear)
Plant Type: Perennial
Hardiness Zones: 4-9
Height: 8-12" Tall
Lighting:  Full Sun-Part Shade 
Bloom Time: Early Summer (Purplish-Pink Blooms)

 Summer Snowflake Viburnum
Plant Type: Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Hardiness Zones:  5-8
Height: 6-8' Tall
Lighting: Full Sun-Part Shade
Bloom Time: Late Spring-Summer

 Annabelle Hydrangea
Plant Type: Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Hardiness Zones:  4-9
Height: 3-5' Tall
Lighting: Part Shade
Bloom Time: Late Spring-Fall

Pee Gee Hydrangea
Plant Type: Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Hardiness Zones:  3-8 
Height: 10-25' Tall 
Lighting:  Full Sun-Part Shade
  Bloom Time:  Mid-Late Summer
Old Westbury Gardens, Long Island, N.Y, Springtime White Azalea Blooms

Any combination of plants with the characteristics discussed can be used to help plan your moon garden and bring another dimension to your space. I hope you enjoyed This Month's Color in the Garden. Next up is Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up on the 15th. and Color Our World Round Up on the 30th.

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As Always...Happy Gardening! 

Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2017. All rights reserved

14 comments:

  1. I agree Lee, the moon garden is beautiful. I've been to the Wisley, UK and it was wonderful combination of white blooming plants. I have some of them as Cerastium, lily of the valley, white lilies, crocus in my garden. The climate here does not permit to think which of plants will survive in the spring, maybe one or all of them. Now we're in -18 C (-4 F).
    Have a nice New year!

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed the post Nadezda. It was nice that you got to see the Wisley, and I have heard that the gardens there are beautiful! I agree that moon gardens are really lovely, so I decided to do a post on them. Keep warm...sounds cold there!

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  2. Such beautiful photos; truly an inspirational post! I especially like to use white in my woodland garden. Contrasting with all the green foliage, white creates a sense of coolness and refreshment, especially in summer.

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    1. I have seen some of the white blooms in your gardens Deb, and they are beautiful. Thank you for your kind words, and I am glad to have inspired you!

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  3. I do love white in the garden, so clean and fresh. Yet I don't have many white blooms, and for the oddest reason. They are just too hard to photograph! That's an important part of my garden to me.

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    1. Interesting point Robin. I do find it better to photograph white in a lower light, as in morning or late afternoon, to avoid any glare.

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  4. Enjoyed these suggestions for creating a white garden. Very appealing.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post. It's always a good time to start planning!

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  5. I was excited when I saw the title of this posting, Lee, because I am considering installing a moon garden. When we removed the white maple, sunlight streamed into my former shade garden, and I'm thinking some sun/part shade plants would do better there than my scorched hostas. Thanks for the tips! P. x

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    1. Reading your comment, I am so glad I posted this when I did Pam. It is always rewarding when the timing is good. Moon gardens can be fun and you can start planning now during the winter months. I do some of my best thinking at this time of year! Happy planning and I would love to see how your garden turns out, so do post!

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  6. I love the idea of a moon garden. There's a lovely one created by Thomas Edison's wife, Mina, at the Edison and Ford Estates in Ft. Myers, Fla. It's really magical. We were there during the day, but I'm sure it's even more impressive at night.That moon gate at the beginning of your post is awesome! Beautiful photos and a great post!

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed my post on moon gardens Beth, and the one you visited sounds delightful! I enjoyed your post on reflecting pools and it reminded me of one of the botanical gardens we have here on Long Island.

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  7. I love white in the garden- my white bearded Iris in the spring and the Formosa lily in the late summer are 2 beauties I adore. Thanks for sharing some beautiful garden choices.

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed the post Renee. I have memories of visiting moon gardens and they are so beautiful. Your Formosa Lily and White Bearded Iris must be lovely!

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