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How To Create a Moon Garden By a Garden Gazebo

A garden gazebo can work well in many gardens, in a range of different styles. But one wonderful idea is to place a gazebo somewhere where you can gaze out onto a moon garden. 

Gazebos and moon gardens are two garden elements that can work very well together, side by side. Looking out from one onto the other will really help you make the most of your garden, not just during the day but also after the sun goes down. 

What is a Moon Garden?

A moon garden is simply an area of the garden designed to look, sound and smell wonderful under the moonlight. This is a garden that is enjoyed not only during the day but also after dark. It is a magical feeling space that can really come alive after the sun has gone down. It also helps attract bats, moths, and other nocturnal wildlife. 

Why Place a Gazebo Looking Over a Moon Garden?

Of course, moon gardens can be placed so that you can enjoy them from an outside seating area, or from your home. But to be able to really get out there and enjoy your moon garden, feeling more a part of the twilight scene, adding a gazebo is a wonderful idea. 

Gazebos, like moon gardens themselves, help to create a very romantic vibe. So could be the perfect combination for those who want to enjoy a romantic evening for two in their garden. 

A wooden gazebo alongside a moon garden can also help create the sense that magic is in the air. And that just about anything could happen. If a fairytale feel and fantasy flair are your things then this could be the perfect pairing for your outside space. 

Tips for Moon Garden Design

The first and most obvious thing to remember when creating a moon garden is that just as we need to think about tracking sun in any garden, so too, in a moon garden, we need to think about where the light from the moon actually falls. 

But even when your garden is designed to be particularly appealing at night, it also has to work during the day. So you still have to think about sunlight, shade, wind, water and soil and choose the right plants for the right places. 

When choosing plants, moon garden design involves choosing plenty of bright white flowers, which stand out well in low light levels and look great under the light of the moon. Remember to include some blooms (great for bats and moths) that bloom or open fully during the right. 

Star jasmine, honeysuckles, wisteria, nicotiana sylvestris, night-scented stock and phlox paniculata are just some wonderful night-scented options to consider. 

Select plants with silvery or variegated white foliage, which can stand out better in the moonlight than dark green leaves. 

Think about shallows too, choosing architectural plants for interesting silhouettes. 

Aside from plants, water also works wonderfully in a moon garden. So add a small pond or fountain so you can hear the water as well as seeing it glistening and glinting in the moonlight. 

Adding a gazebo to the space also allows you to perhaps add some gentle ambient lighting, such as a string of fairy lights, which will add to the romantic and magical feel and help you see your moon garden even on those nights when the moon does not shine. 


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