Tag Archives: moon garden

From Houzz: Moon Gates in Garden

21 Aug

With all the interest in the sun and the total solar eclipse today…let’s balance the chatter with photos of what is blooming in Elfcroft’s Moon Garden.

I love the ideas in this Houzz article on Moongates.  Enjoy!


What’s blooming in the Moon Garden?

6 Jun

Oak Leaf Hydrangea


Campanula, EH Frost


Iris, tulip and peony blooms have come and gone.

Moonbeams and Garden Dreams 2

21 Jul

The metaphorical seed for a Moon garden was planted when reading Mary Francis’ article in the Indianapolis Star June 9, 2001.  The garden manifested in 2005.  It was designed and installed by Avon Gardens.  The entrance to the patio is from the master bedroom.  The golden quartz flagstone had the surprise quality of reflecting moonlight.  The plantings on the perimeter are all white.  Tulips, iris, perennial geraniums, lilies, White Swan coneflower, crab apple, …..

White Swan Coneflower

“One of the best things about moon gardens is that they lure us out at night to enjoy the fragrance of flowers that might be missed during the day.  When it’s 8 p.m. and the sun’s going down, the fragrances come up.  You miss them during the day.  There are rich aromas at night, Booher said, adding that sometimes strong sunlight can burn off the fragrance or winds during the day can carry away the scents.”

Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Moonbeams and Garden Dreams 1

14 Jul

It was 3 a.m. and unusually bright outside from lightning of stormy skies.  The night sky will be at its darkest Thursday July 16th with a full new moon.  On July 31st this year, we will have a full blue moon, which is the phenomena of having two full moons in the same month (last occurring in 2012).

The inspiration for the master bedroom patio garden came to me June 9, 2001, fourteen years ago.  Mary Francis wrote “Moonbeams and garden dreams” for the Indianapolis Star.  It was my introduction to moon gardens.  White flowers, silver and variegated foliage may be subtle by day, however they glow in moonlight as does the golden quartz flagstone.


” ‘The moon garden is all about illuminating the night,’ said Grimm, owner of Kids in Bloom, a local heirloom seed company.”

Bold White August flowers

“For some, the evening may be the best time to enjoy a garden__with long hours, some people rarely get to see the garden in daytime.  Why not plan for moonlight viewing?”  GREAT question!

White Chiffon Rose of Sharon

Outdoor Rooms

22 Apr
Fly under


Kathleen Birmingham has an article in this month’s issue of Acreage Life about creating outdoor rooms.  She addresses site, furnishing, lighting, weather and privacy.  My favorite expert is Australian native Jamie Durie, designer of outdoor spaces and host of his own HGTV show. http://jamiedurie.com/

Elfcroft is blessed with several outdoor rooms….a west side arbor, east facing screened porch with a swing and south-facing golden quartz flagstone patio open for star-gazing surrounded by a moon garden.  The orientation makes a huge difference in the comfort level.  Screened, shaded and open sky….we have it covered.  What we don’t have….and it is probably the favorite outdoor room in Indiana….the basketball court/driveway.  Well, we have a driveway.  The basketball goal was worn out years ago.  They do wear out. 😦

Porch swing with great cushion

Porch swing with great cushion

Moon garden

Moon garden



While one “Moon Garden” sleeps in Indiana…watch this video from New Zealand

9 Feb

When I read Mary Francis’ article “Moonbeams and garden dreams” for the Indianapolis Star, June 9, 2001; the “seed”/thought was planted for Elfcroft’s moon garden.  Three posts from Sep 2011 illustrates “how the garden grows”.  The moon garden of course is dormant now.  However, this video from New Zealand inspires it to rise again!  Turn up your volume.



Filmed on 28th January 2013.  Native American traditions named the January moon “Full Wolf”.  

Back in this hemisphere this weekend (Feb 24th), we had clear skies for the full “Snow”, full “Hunger” or “Lenten” moon.  It was like a sunny day at night.  Alas, no video from Indiana.