When the sun goes down, moon gardens come alive. From the sweet fragrance of Confederate Jasmine vines to the stunning night blooms of Moonflowers and Angel Trumpets, there is so much to enjoy in a moon garden.
By using basic feng shui principles when designing a moon garden, it may be possible to stir the chi energy and draw prosperity and good fortune. Feng shui, which is the ancient Chinese art of placement, is often used by gardeners. Feng shui gardens are not unkempt or wild, but incorporate the five feng shui elements of earth, fire, water, metal and wood.
To design an auspicious moon garden, start with a bagua map.
Sketch out the moon garden layout
The placement of plants as well as garden accessories and lighting in the moon garden should be based on the bagua map. The bagua map divides an area into eight pie pieces based on the southeast, south, southwest, east, west, northeast, north and northwest.
Before planting, use a compass or special app on a phone to figure out which areas will represent the center and the other corners of the moon garden.
Designate the center of the garden
The center of the garden will represent the “earth” area. Place pottery pieces as accents in the center, perhaps along a stone walkway that curves. Yellow flowers represent good health in the center. With deep gold and soft yellow blooms, the Brazilian Gold Brugmansia is ideal for a moon garden. The drooping flowers of the Angel Trumpet open at night. Also yellow evening primrose flowers blossom only at night.
Use wood in the east area
For the east corner of the moon garden, try to incorporate wood. Some of the best colors for the east area include greens, browns and blues. Fragrant Four O’ Clocks are a great choice for a moon garden. Use blue Four O’ Clocks as a hedge in the east area of the moon garden.
Incorporate metal in the west area
For the west corner of the moon garden, opt for pastels, grays and white. A metal sculpture could draw helpful people or bring good luck to travels in the northwest section. In addition to the white moon flower vine, other white flowers that bloom at night include Night Gladiolus with its spicy fragrance. Depending on the climate, the Casablanca Lily, Dutchman’s Pipe Cactus and Dragon Fruit blooms at night. Check with a local nursery to find out which night-blooming species will thrive best.
Place water features in the north area
Water elements such as water fountains and bird baths bring good luck to the north sections of a garden. In feng shui, the northeast represents wisdom while the northwest represents travel. The best colors for blossoms in the north area include white, blue and black.
Make a fire pit in the south area
A fire pit can bring good energy to a moon garden if placed in the south area. The south area represents wealth and power as well as fame. Night phlox has a lovely fragrance as well as purple blooms. Evening primrose has purplish pink blooms that open in the evening.
In order to maintain the healthy chi in the garden, make sure to always remove dead plants as well as weeds. Keep water fountains clean and in working order. Don’t let anything become overgrown.
Other auspicious feng shui plants and flowers include the chrysanthemum, peony, magnolia, lily, lotus, bamboo and pine trees, but not all are ideal for an outdoor night garden. When incorporating feng shui principles in the design of a moon garden, consider the ultimate goal which is to create a sanctuary for evening meditation and rest. Sweet-smelling flowers and the relaxing sounds of water trickling down a water fountain prepare a person for peaceful slumber and inspire enlightening dreams.