I think it is equally important to turn your outside space into a place to feed your family, but not overlook the chance to escape into it. We have a suburban house, that has a backyard backed up to 5 other yards, so we wanted to create a perfect little oasis for ourselves to escape into. So, we are creating a moonlight garden, to give us a perfect little escape for those late-night bonfires.
One vine that I especially like is an annual called, appropriately enough, moonflower. It’s in the same family as morning glories and the large white flowers can be up to 6 inches across and very fragrant.
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The next thing you notice is the wonderful perfume–like a cross between gardenia and jasmine.
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Moonflowers and 4 o’clocks are easy to start from seed and require no particular soil or care. For added beauty in your moonlight garden, choose white or yellow flowers that show up in the dark. White marigolds, nicotiana (also very fragrant and a favorite of moths), evening primrose, honeysuckle and night-blooming cereus are good choices but many common garden flowers have white or light-colored varieties.
So, grab your list and head for your home store or nursery. Get a variety of plants and see which one’s do best in your garden. You don’t even need to have an actual garden. You can grow your evening show-stoppers in containers that can be moved around or grouped for best effect. Make your next party a moonlight adventure and your guests will enjoy nature’s night time beauty.