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Trees & Shrubs for a Moon Garden

Trees & Shrub for a Moon Garden

Create a tranquil retreat that glows in the evening

Grow a pleasing and easy-to-enjoy garden with blooms, foliage, and even branches that showcase a monochromatic color scheme. We've chosen to show examples of plants that feature white accents, also known as a "Moon Garden" for its reflective quality on moonlit nights.

  • Enjoy blooms throughout the year, but selecting shrubs that bloom in different seasons.
  • Additionally, choose plants that add to your color scheme with either blooms or foliage.

  • Monochromatic color schemes can also be accomplished with many other hues, from purple, pink, red, orange, yellow and more.
  • Don't exclude other foliage colors entirely, simply choose plants that feature these accent colors prominently and you'll achieve a beautiful, cohesive result.

white agapanthus in a moon garden

Ground Covers for a Moon Garden

Complete the look with complementary ground-covers that reduce ambient noise, and promote soil health by protecting beneficial insects and microorganisms. We selected these easy-to-grow varieties for their white blooms and silvery foliage.
  • Carissa macrocarpa 'Green Carpet' (Dwarf Natal Plum)
  • Convolvulus species (Ground Morning Glory)
  • Juniper procumbens nana (Japanese Garden Juniper)
  • Teucrium chamaedrys (Wall Germander)
  • Verbena species *some cultivars bloom white, available from spring through fall
Dwarf Natal Plum with white flowers for a Moon Garden

Carissa macrocarpa 'Green Carpet' (Dwarf Natal Plum)

White morning glory flowers pop in a Moon Garden

Convolvulus species (Ground Morning Glory)

The texture of Japanese Garden Juniper create fun reflections from the moon

Juniper procumbens nana (Japanese Garden Juniper)

The pale pink flowers on Wall Germander pop in a Moon Garden

Teucrium chamaedrys (Wall Germander)

White verbena pop with reflections from the moon

Verbena species *some cultivars bloom white, available from spring through fall

Medium Shrubs 3' to 5' for a Moon Garden

Embrace foliage to provide color and interest by planting dissimilar colors and textures closely, utilizing variegated foliage to incorporate the color accent. Azaleas add wonderful blooming interest in late winter to late spring, depending on the variety.

  • Acanthus mollis (Bear's Breech) *available spring through fall
  • Azalea species *some cultivars bloom white
  • Chamelaucium (Waxflower) *some cultivars bloom white, available spring through fall
  • Cistus (Orchid Rockrose) some *available spring through fall
  • Coprosma species (Mirror Plant)
  • Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata' (Tasman Flax Lily)
  • Gardenia species
  • Leucophyllum frutescens (Texas Sage) *available spring through fall
  • Liriope muscari 'Variegata' (Variegated Lilyturf)
  • Myrtus communis compacta (Myrtle)
  • Nandina domestica 'Heavenly Bamboo'
  • Olea europaea Little Ollie® Dwarf Olive
  • Pittosporum 'Cream De Mint™' (Variegated Dwarf Mock Orange)

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Acanthus mollis (Bear's Breech) *available spring through fall

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Azalea species *some cultivars bloom white

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Chamelaucium (Waxflower) *some cultivars bloom white, available spring through fall

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Cistus (Orchid Rockrose) some *available spring through fall

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Coprosma species (Mirror Plant)

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Dianella tasmanica variegate (Tasman Flax Lily)

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Gardenia species

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Leucophyllum frutescens (Texas Sage) *available spring through fall

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Liriope muscari 'Variegata' (Variegated Lilyturf)

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Myrtus communis compacta (Myrtle)

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Nandina domestica 'Heavenly Bamboo'

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Olea europaea Little Ollie® Dwarf Olive

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Pittosporum 'Cream De Mint™' (Variegated Dwarf Mock Orange)

Tall Shrubs 5' to 10'+ for a Moon Garden

These tall growing shrubs will make a wonderful backdrop in your garden design, while still holding their own. Plant Camellia sasanqua for early season blooms, and Camellia japonica to extend the flower display in your garden. 'Wax Leaf Privet' is fast growing and features white flower clusters in spring, while these Pittosporum cultivars are prized for white and silvery-green variegation.

  • Camellia japonica species *some cultivars bloom white

  • Camellia sasanqua species *some cultivars bloom white

  • Cestrum nocturnum (Night Blooming Jessamine) *available spring through fall

  • Duranta erecta (Sky Flower) *some cultivars bloom white, available spring through fall

  • Hibiscus species *some cultivars bloom white, available spring through fall

  • Leptospermum scoparium (Tea tree) *some cultivars bloom white, available winter through midsummer
  • Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum' (Wax Leaf Privet)
  • Miscanthus species (Silvergrass) *available spring through fall
  • Ozothamnus diosmifolius (Rice Flower) *some cultivars bloom white, available spring through fall
  • Pittosporum 'Marjorie Channon' (Kohuhu)
  • Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver sheen' (Kohuhu)
  • Plumeria species (Frangipani) *some cultivars bloom white, available spring through fall
  • Podocarpus elongatus (Icee Blue® Yellowwood)
  • Romneya coulterii (Matilija poppy) *available spring through midsummer
  • Syringa species (Lilac) *some cultivars bloom white, available winter through spring

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Camellia japonica species *some cultivars bloom white

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Camellia sasanqua species *some cultivars bloom white

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Cestrum nocturnum (Night Blooming Jessamine) *available spring through fall

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Duranta erecta (Sky Flower) *some cultivars bloom white, available spring through fall

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Hibiscus species *some cultivars bloom white, available spring through fall

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Leptospermum scoparium (Tea tree) *some cultivars bloom white, available winter through midsummer

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Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum' (Wax Leaf Privet)

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Miscanthus species (Silvergrass) *available spring through fall

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Ozothamnus diosmifolius (Rice Flower) *some cultivars bloom white, available spring through fall

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Pittosporum 'Marjorie Channon' (Kohuhu)

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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver sheen' (Kohuhu)

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Plumeria species (Frangipani) *some cultivars bloom white, available spring through fall

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Podocarpus elongatus (Icee Blue® Yellowwood)

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Romneya coulterii (Matilja Poppy) *available spring through midsummer

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Syringa species (Lilac) *some cultivars bloom white, available winter through spring

Vines for a Moon Garden

Easily some of our most popular vines are Jasmines, celebrated for their intense yet soothing fragrance, and free-growing nature. Incorporate scent into your plan for maximum enjoyment of your outdoor space.

  • Bougainvillea species *some cultivars bloom white, available spring through fall
  • Hardenbergia (Happy Wanderer) *some cultivars bloom white, available winter through spring
  • Jasminum polyanthum (Pink Jasmine) *available late winter through spring
  • Jasminum sambac (Arabian Jasmine) *available spring through fall
  • Mandevilla species *some cultivars bloom white, available spring through fall
  • Solanum jasminoides *available spring through fall
  • Stephanotis floribunda (Madagascar jasmine)
  • Thunbergia alata (Black-eyed Susan Vine) *some cultivars bloom white, available spring through fall
  • Trachelospermum jasminoides (Star Jasmine)

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Bougainvillea species *some cultivars bloom white, available spring through fall

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Hardenbergia (Happy Wanderer) *some cultivars bloom white, available winter through spring

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Jasminum polyanthum (Pink Jasmine) *available late winter through spring

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Jasminum sambac (Arabian Jasmine) *available spring through fall

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Mandevilla species *some cultivars bloom white, available spring through fall

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Solanum jasminoides *available spring through fall

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Stephanotis floribunda (Madagascar jasmine)

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Thunbergia alata (Black-eyed Susan Vine) *some cultivars bloom white, available spring through fall

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Trachelospermum jasminoides (Star Jasmine)

Trees for a Moon Garden

These magnificent trees are great in any garden but we've chosen flowering Plum and Pear, and Magnolia for their display of white blooms in spring and summer respectively. Betula alba 'White Birch' features gorgeous white bark, that is a garden feature in and of itself.

  • Betula alba (White Birch)
  • Magnolia 'Little Gem'
  • Prunus cerasifera (Flowering Plum) *some varieties bloom white, available at select stores
  • Pyrus calleryana (Flowering Pear) *available at select stores

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Betula alba (White Birch)

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Magnolia 'Little Gem'

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Prunus cerasifera (Flowering Plum) *some varieties bloom white, available at select stores

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Pyrus calleryana (Flowering Pear) *available at select stores

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