Each year Garden Media Group comes out with their top list of landscape trends for the upcoming year. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting these trends. Next up? “Moonstruck”
Gardening by the moon is hardly a new concept. For thousands of years gardeners have been monitoring moon phases and planting accordingly. There is a science behind the phases of the moon and how it effects climates, seasons, even weather. You can buy farmers almanacs that have charts and to what to plant when. And when to harvest what. And the funny thing? It works. It has worked for thousands of years. This practice of gardening is having a trendy moment. While there are those that have always used this method and despite if it is trendy or not, will continue to. For others is will be a fleeting experiment.
However, there is another type of “moon gardening” that is having a moment as well. Planting things with white flowers or foliage that show up well at night. Besides nice to look at did you know that some plants only bloom at night? Or that there are certain pollinators such as moths and bats that ONLY pollinate at night? Very cool. Every living thing has it’s role and here are some white plants to try if you want to jump on the trend.
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1 – Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmancia):
Angel’s Trumpet is a tropical plant in our area, so this will be a houseplant for many of our readers. They produce large, heavily scented white flowers that open at night and close by morning. They can be grown in the garden during the summer, then taken back inside for the winter months. A few tips if you are looking to over winter them. Cut them back severely when the season is over. Water them well and then move them to a semi-dark, semi-heated location. A basement or garage will work just fine. Try for a location in which the temperature is between freezing and 50 degrees. They will go dormant. You do not need to water them. Then in the spring bring them back out and resume watering as normal.
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2 – ‘Casa Blanca’ Lily:
These oriental lilies are really a perennial bulb. Their large, white, fragrant flowers show up well at night in the light of the moon. During the day the plant prefers full sun. Because this plant is a bulb well drained soil is a must or the bulbs will rot. In the fall the bulbs can be dug up and divided.
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3 – Silver Mound (Artemisia):
Also known as Wormwood, Silver Mound is named for the silver-blue foliage the plant bears. The foliage is finely textured and has a spicy aroma that shows up well in the light of the moon. This mounding perennial prefers full sun and gets about 6”-12” tall and 12”-18” wide. This small stature makes it a great foreground plant which shows up nicely in front of darker foliage plants. When planted in a grouping it stands out even more.
For a full list of the trends visit https://www.gardenmediagroup.com/trends