Plants for a Full Moon Garden

A Full Moon Garden is pure visual magic.  Its name comes from the glistening, almost unearthly glow a garden of all white flowers possess during a full moon.

Below is a list of flowers commonly planted in full moon gardens.  Where you live in the world will dictate which flowers you can ultimately use in your garden but this list should get you started.  Remember, white flowers which remain open at night are all you need.  Full Moon Garden

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I have linked the Latin names to their entry Wikipedia for anyone who wishes to learn more about a particular plant.  The links open in a new tab.

Angels trumpet (Datura inoxia) — This viney annual has giant, trumpet-shaped, white flowers which can grow on 3 feet tall plants. You may need to discipline this rambunctious plant to keep it in line.

Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) — Related to morning glory, this annual may climb to 10 feet. Tightly closed by day, its white flowers unfurl at dusk to release a lemony aroma.

Four o’clock (Mirabilis jalapa) — In late afternoon, this annual’s flowers pop open in often-speckled shades of red, yellow, white or rose. It grows bush-like to 3 feet.

Sweet Four-O’clock (Mirabilis longiflora) – Tender perennial grown as an annual, long white trumpet shaped blooms are fragrant and open after sunset; grows 1 1/2-3 feet tall

Yucca (Yucca filamentosa) — Flowers of this spiky perennial are open all day, but at night the droopy blossoms lift and release a soapy smell. Hardy in zones 4 to 9.

Evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa) — This fast-spreading perennial is hardy in zones 5 to 9, and its pale flowers release a sweet scent in the evening.

Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) – Tiny white blooms on mounded plants, grows up to about 10-12 inches.

Candytuft (Iberis) – Annual or perennial, mound of white flowers.

Cleome (Cleome), Spider Flower, White annual that grows up to 2 feet tall.

White Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens) – Tender perennial grown as an annual, fragrant white blooms grow on 12-inch plants.

Devil’s Trumpet (Datura metel) – Long, tubular white flowers on plants that grow 5 feet tall; seeds are poisonous.

Petunia (Petunia axillaris) – White trumpet shaped blooms, grows 8-18 inces tall.

Dianthus (Dianthus monspessulanus) – Features fringed white blooms open on 12-24 inch tall plants.

Evening Scented Stock (Matthiola longipetala) – Very fragrant pale purple to white inconspicuos blooms that smell absolutely wonderful at night.

Jasmine Tobacco (Nicotiana alata) – Fragrant white trumpet shaped blooms on plats that reach up to 5 feet tall.

Night Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum) – A tender shrub, bearing creamy white fragrant flowers; it grows up to 5 feet tall in warm climates.

Woodland Tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris) – Tender plant grown as a biennial; large white trumpet shaped blooms grow on plants that grow up to 3-4 feet.


This list originally came from two sources: Full Moon Garden


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