August evenings in West Texas beckon us to lounge outdoor as daylight sinks into the serenity of twilight. As darkness silently slips above our gardens, moon gardens ample with white blossoms turn out to be extra lively in the moonlight.

Moon gardens, variously known as white gardens or night gardens, dazzle with flowers that shimmer in the moonlight. Stately white flowers punctuate the backyard and aromatic floor covers cloak the backyard garden with waves of softness.

Flowers make the moon yard some with brilliant, luminescent blooms, some others with subtle fragrance. Assortments of top and size increase desire. Taller blooms sway in evening breezes, even though shorter blooms anchor the backyard.


Flowering shrubs frame a backdrop for a moon backyard garden:

• Crepe myrtles (Lagerstroemia indica) white with inexperienced foliage: Natchez and Acoma with burgundy-black foliage ‘Black Diamond® Pure White’. Achieve 10 toes.

• Rose (Rosa spp.), climbing roses want support, can be properly trained into pillars: ‘Sombreuil’, ‘Clotilde Soupert’, ‘Lamarque’, ‘Cherokee’, ‘Ballerina’, ‘Sea Foam’ and ‘Prosperity’.

• Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus ). ‘White Chiffon’ and ‘Diana’, pure white flowers remain open at night – excellent for moon gardens. Access 10 feet.