“Living Coral” may be the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year, but it’s white that seems to be on trend now. If you haven’t noticed, monochromatic white schemes are showing up splashed across design magazines and floral stylings. White flowers certainly offer up a crisp, fresh feel and brighten up any style of garden design or home décor. White flowers also happen to be a must-have if you’re looking to enhance your night garden experience. Seems like perfect timing, as night gardens appear to be making a trend comeback as “moon gardens”.
White gardens and white-flower floral displays were in full force at many of this year’s home and garden shows. Some of the prettiest featured lush clumps of white tulips, white daffodils, white
Outdoor entertaining spaces have become much larger investments for many homeowners — often encompassing full-fledged kitchens, bars, media rooms and much more. Folks are spending a lot of time and money creating the outdoor entertaining and staycation spaces of their dreams. This means more evenings spent outdoors.
Yet, with the evolution of bigger and grander outdoor hardscapes, it’s often
White and silver have a naturally calming effect, which is exactly what most of us need these days once we head home from a stressful day at work or after a long day with the kids. While good landscape lighting can help illuminate your hardscaping efforts, strategically placed white-flowering plants really help your landscape come to life at night. Be sure to choose multitasking plants for your night garden — those with flowers that stay open at night and have
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White flowering viburnum ‘Spring Bouquet,’ oakleaf hydrangea and mock orange are star night-performing shrubs in my night garden. White roses, such as ‘Iceberg,’ create a lush, romantic feel for evening entertaining. Abelia
Evergreen clematis, deciduous clematis, moonflower and climbing jasmine in white can ramble over patio pergolas, arbors
White-flowering perennials such as astilbe, scabiosa,
Brighten with bulbs
When customers say they just don’t have any more room for new plants, sell them some bulbs. Most bulbs can be tucked into beds between perennials and shrubs. Snowdrops are a welcome harbinger of spring in the moon garden. I’m also a huge fan of white daffodils, and ‘Thalia’ is a must-have in my garden. It’s a late bloomer with a wonderful fragrance.
I’m becoming increasingly obsessed with pure white
Bring on the tropicals
There are plenty of annuals you can offer to fill in established landscape beds or containers for a pop of nighttime drama. Annuals such as white cosmos, zinnia
I’m also in love with the newer white
Don’t forget foliage
Add some shine to your evening cocktail time with silver foliage plants. Senecios,
Be sure to offer moon garden plants that will take customers through the seasons. Ephemeral bulbs, spring annuals, summer blooming shrubs
We could all use a calm down these days. Moon gardens might just be what your customers need to add a dose of serenity to their daily routine.