A moon garden is one of the prettiest gardens you can create in Houston, Texas. There are many lovely plants that will thrive in the Houston, Texas climate while bringing a little romantic moonlight magic to your garden as well. By choosing plants with silvery foliage, or even gray or white leaves or flowers, you can create a garden that captures the light of the moon whenever you step outside in the evening. In addition, many plants with silvery foliage also have a delightful fragrance.These are especially lovely in the autumn of Houston, Texas, when the weather invites us to step outside at night and enjoy the cool, fragrant air. For tips on the perfect plants to capture the moon in your Houston, Texas garden, see below.
General tips. Choose a spot where you can place a chair or two, just right for sitting outside to enjoy your moon garden. Consider using white stones for mulch, to enhance the magical quality of your garden. A focal point is lovely, although not necessary. Choose a white bird bath or fountain, a delicate sculpture, even just an interesting display of rocks (you can create a moon rock garden, too.) Mixing in touches of sliver and glass are magical and interesting as well. Also try an urn, a silver globe, or even a larger tree or shrub with silvery foliage as your centerpiece. Containers work well, too.
Artemisia. This herb has lovely scented silver foliage that will look delightful in your Houston, Texas moon garden. It will spread up to three feet, and can grow to be about that high, so you can use this as a ground cover or in the border of your moon garden. Powis Castle Artemisia does especially well in Houston, Texas. Plant it in sun to partial shade and it will bloom from the summer through the fall. This is a hard to kill perennial, very tolerant of drought as well as humidity. This fragrant herb can be used to make potpourri.
White Sage (also known as Native Wormwood). This perennial has gorgeous, narrow silvery leaves that will reflect the moon’s light perfectly at night. Plant them in full sun in your Houston, Texas garden, where they will make a nice groundcover in your moon garden. It is best to plant this perennial in the spring, and it will bloom with small yellow flowers from late summer through the middle of fall. It spreads about three feet. White Sage is drought tolerant, actually preferring to be a little dry, so be careful not to overwater it.
Southernwood. A perfect herb for your Houston, Texas moon garden, especially if you choose to create a rock garden. They have a nice fragrance, and their pretty, light reflecting foliage is good for making potpourri. This perennial will grow to be about two feet tall, and is drought tolerant and root hardy. Plant it in full sun to partial shade in your Houston, Texas garden, and it will bloom with yellow flowers from summer through fall. This is a good choice for the borders of your moon garden.
Silver English Thyme. The lovely little green leaves of this herb, edged in white, are a romantic choice for your Houston, Texas moon garden. It has lilac flowers that bloom during the summer and attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. This herb is a good choice for container and rock gardens, and can also be used as a groundcover. Plant this perennial in full sun in your Houston, Texas garden, and be careful not to overwater it. The leaves are great to use for flavoring many dishes.
Lamb’s Ear. In addition to its beautiful pink and purple flowers, the silvery foliage of this perennial will reflect the moon’s light in your Houston, Texas garden. Plant this flower in the fall in full sun in your garden, and it will bloom during autumn. This is a good choice for containers, as well as the borders of your moon garden. It does require good drainage in your Houston, Texas garden.