Trees Shrubs & Vines 4 Moonlight Gardens

Moonlight plant selections allow those of us who love moon lite nights the opportunity to enjoy the night sky and our gardens. Here is a list that will add another reason step out at night to enjoy our gardens and landscape. Fourth and final post on moonlight gardening plant lists.

Abelia – 4-5′, full sun to part shade, June-July.

Acorus – 12″, full sun to part shade, (grass).

Amelanchier – Serviceberry, 4-5′, sun, April.

Azalea – 2-10′, part sun to shade, May-June.

Calamagrostis – 36″, part shade, (grass).

Carex ‘Variegata’ – 4-12″, part shade, (grass).

Cornus variegata – Variegated Dogwood, 8-16′, full or half sun, .

Chionanthus – Wintersweet, 6-8′, full sun to ½ day sun, March.

Clethra – Sweet Pepper Bush, 6-18′, full sun to shade, July.

Cytissus – White Scotch Broom, 5-6′, full sun to ½ day sun, March-June.

Deutzia – 5-8′ full sun, June-July.

Euonymus – 3″-6′, depending on the variety, full sun to ½ day sun, .

Hakonechloa – 18″, ½ day sun to shade, (grass).

Halesia – Carolina Silver Bells, 8-15′, sun, June.

Hydrangea 4-5′, full sun to part shade, June-September.

Kalmia – Laurel, 6′, full sun to shade, June.

Magnolia – 15-30′, sun to part shade, June-July.

Malus – Flowering Crabapple, 10-15′ sun to part shade, May.

Miscanthus gracillimus varigatus – Japanese Silver Grass, 8′, full sun to ½ day sun, Blooms May-frost.

Pieris – Andromeda, 4-5′, ½ day sun to part shade, June-July.

Prunus – Flowering Cherry, 10-15′, sun, April.

Pyrus – Flowering Pear, 10-20′, sun, April-May.

Rhododendron – 4-10′, part sun to shade, May-June.

Silver Lace Vine – will climb to 15′, full sun, June-August.

Spirea – 3-6′, full sun to part shade, June-August.

Syringa – Lilac, 8-12′, full sun to 1-2 day sun, May-June.

Weigelia – 4-5′, full sun to part shade, May-July.

Wisteria – Vine, full sun to part shade, May-June.

Viburnum – 4-10′, sun to part shade, April-August depending on variety.

Perennials 4 Moonlight Gardens

Moonlight plant selections allow those of us who love moon lite nights the opportunity to enjoy the night sky and our gardens. Here is a list of perennials that will add another reason step out at night to enjoy our gardens and landscape. Third of four posts on moonlight gardening plant lists.

  • Anacyclus – Mountain Atlas Daisy, 3″, sun, June-July.
  • Anemone – 18-36″, sun to part shade, June-Aug
  • Anthemis – 12″, sun, June-July.
  • Aquilegia – Columbine, 10-24″, ½ day sun to part shade, April-May.
  • Arabis – Rock Cress, 6″, sun, April-May.
  • Aruncus dioicus – Goatsbeard, 24-36″, shade, June-September.
  • Artemesia – 12-30″, sun, foliage
  • Aster divaricatus – Wood Aster, 12-18″, sun to part shade, June.
  • Astilbe – False Spirea, 12-36″, part shade to shade, June.
  • Astrantia – Masterwort, 24″ part shade to shade, June-September.
  • Baptisia – 40″, sun to ½ day sun, June.
  • Boltonia asteroides – Thousand-flowered Aster, 36-48″, sun to ½ day sun, September.
  • Campanula – Canterbury Bells, 24″, sun to ½ day sun, June.
  • Cerastium tomentosum – Snow in the Summer, 4-6″, May-June.
  • Chrysanthemum superbum – Shasta Daisy, 18-24″, May-June.
  • Clematis paniculata – Fall Blooming Clematis, sun to ½ day sun, August-September.
  • Convallaria – Lily of the Valley, 8″, 1/2day sun to shade, May.
  • Delphinium – 24-36″, sun, May-June.
  • Dianthus – Pinks, 10/12″, sun to ½ day sun, May-June.
  • Dicentra – Bleeding Heart, 24-36″, ½ day sun to shade, May-June.
  • Digitalis – Foxglove, 12-36″, sun to part shade, May-June.
  • Echinacea – Coneflower, 36″, sun, June-August.
  • Filipendula – Meadowsweet, 24″, sun to ½ day sun, July.
  • Galium odoratium – Sweet Woodruff, 4/6″, ½ day sun to shade, April-frost.
  • Gaura lindheimeri – Wand Flower, 36-48″, sun to ½ day sun, June-August.
  • Gypsophila – Baby’s Breath, 36″, sun, June-July.
  • Helleborus niger – Christmas Rose, 18-24″, 1/2 day sun to shade, December-February.
  • Helleborus orientalis – Lenten Rose, 18-24″,1/2 day sun to shade, February-March.
  • Heuchera – 6-12″, part sun to shade, June.
  • Hosta – Variety of heights and bloom times, shade to part sun, Blooms May-frost.
  • Iberis – Candytuft, 4-6″, full sun to part shade, April-June.
  • Iris – 36″, sun to part shade, June, April-August .
  • Lamium – 6-12″, ½ day sun to shade, May-June, Blooms May-frost .
  • Lavender – 10-24″, sun, June, Blooms June-frost .
  • Linaria purpurea – 24-36″, sun to ½ day sun, June.
  • Linum alba – Perennial Flax, 18-24″, sun to ½ day sun, May-July
  • Lupinus – Lupine, 24-48″, sun to ½ day sun, June.
  • Lychnis coronaria – Campion, 24″ , sun, June-July.
  • Lysimachia – Loosestrife, 36″, sun to part shade, July.
  • Malva – Mallow, 36″, sun to ½ day sun, June-July.
  • Matricaria – Feaverfew, 12-18″, sun to ½ day sun, June-July.
  • Paeonia – peony, 36-48″, sun, June.
  • Phlox maculata 36″, sun to ½ day sun, June-August.
  • Phlox paniculata – 36″, sun to ½ day sun, June-August.
  • Phlox subulata – Creeping Phlox, 2-6″, sun, April-May.
  • Physostegia – Obedient Plant, 30″, sun to pard shade, September.
  • Polygonatum odoratum ‘variegatum’ – Variegated Solomon’s Seal, 28″, ½ day sun to shade, Blooms May-frost .
  • Pulmonaria – Lungwort, 12″, ½ day sun to shade, April-May .
  • Santolina – Lavender Cotton, 12-24″, sun, March-September .
  • Stachys – Lamb’s Ears, 12″, full sun to ½ day sun, June-July
  • Tiarella – Foam Flower, 8-12″, ½ day sun to shade, June.
  • Thyme – creeping and variegated, 1-8″ respectively, sun, June, Year-round foliage interest.
  • Veronica – 12-18″, sun, June-July, Blooms June-frost

Bulbs 4 Moonlight Garden

Moonlight plant selections allow those of us who love moon lite nights the opportunity to enjoy the night sky and our gardens. Here is a list of bulbs that will add another reason step out at night to enjoy our gardens and landscape. Second of four posts on moonlight gardening plant lists.

  • Acidanthera – 12-18″, sun, two blooms, one in June & one in August.
  • Arum italicum – 6″, ½ day sun to shade, June-September .
  • Calla lilies – 24″, sun to part shade, June-July.
  • Narcissus or Daffodils – several white varieties, 12-28″, sun to ½ day sun, March-May.
  • Tulips – 8-20″, full sun to ½ day sun, March-June.

Annuals 4 Moonlight Gardening

Moonlight plant selections allow those of us who love moon lite nights the opportunity to enjoy the night sky and our gardens. Here is a list of annuals that will add another reason step out at night to enjoy our gardens and landscape. First of four posts on moonlight gardening plant selections.

  • Arctotis – African Daisy, 12-36″, full sun, blooms Blooms June-frost.
  • Bacopa – 8″ full sun, blooms Blooms June-frost.
  • Begonia – 6-8″, part shade-full sun, Blooms Blooms June-frost.
  • Cleome – Spider Flower,48″, full sun to part shade, Blooms June-frost.
  • Cosmos – 36″ full sun, Blooms May-frost.
  • Euphorbia -Snow on the Mountain, 24-36″, full sun, Blooms June-frost.
  • Eucalyptus – 12-24″, full sun, Blooms May-frost.
  • Geranium -12-36″, full sun to ½ day sun, Blooms May-frost.
  • Helichrisyum – Licorice Plant, 18″, full sun to part shade, Blooms June-frost.
  • Impatiens – 8-24″, shade to part sun, Blooms May-frost.
  • Ipomoea – Moonflower, vine to 8′, sun to ½ day sun, July-frost.
  • Lobelia – 2-6″, full sun to part shade, Blooms May-August.
  • Marigold – 12-18″, full sun to ½ day sun, Blooms May-frost.
  • Nasturtium – ‘Alaska’, 4-8″, sun, Blooms May-frost.
  • Nicotiana – 12-36″, sun to ½ day sun, Blooms June-frost.
  • Osteospermum – 18-24″,full sun to ½ day sun, Blooms May-frost.
  • Pansies – 4-8″, sun, August-June.
  • Petunias – 4/8″, sun, Blooms May-frost.
  • Salvia – 8-24″, sun to part shade, Blooms May-frost.
  • Snapdragons – 8/24″, sun to part shade, Blooms May-frost.
  • Sunflowers – 24-48″, sun, Blooms June-August.
  • Sweet Alyssum – 2-4″, sun to part shade, May-July.
  • Vinca Major – Variegated Periwinkle, 24-48″, sun to shade, Blooms May-frost.
  • Vinca – Perwinkle, 6-8″, sun to part shade, Blooms May-frost.
  • Zinnia – 10-18″, sun to part shade, Blooms May-frost.

Sweet Corn

There is a small time line between picking and eating. If your sweet corn is just outside your house, put a pot of water on to boil. Go out to your garden and pick the ears of corn where the husk is still green but the silk is dry and brown. Pull the husk down a little way to make sure it is ready to be picked. If the kernel bursts with juice when punctured with your fingernail it is ready to be picked. Pick however many you need for your meal. Next, you need to take the husk and silk off the ear of corn.

When the ears of corn cleaned, go back inside to your boiling pot of water. Add a teaspoon of sugar into the water and then your corn. By doing it this way, your corn will taste the sweetest. Ten minutes after the corn is picked it will begin to lose its natural sweetness and delicious flavor.

Natural Spider Stay Away Spray

Ingredients:

  • 5 to 7 drops of peppermint, tea tree, citrus, lavender, or neem essential oil
  • reusable spray bottle
  • liquid dish soap
  • warm water
  • dash of white vinegar (optional)

Directions:

Put five to seven drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle (about 16 ounces is good), and fill mostly to the top with warm water. Add a squirt of dish soap, place the top on, and give the mixture a good shake. Before using, use the hose attachment of your vacuum to suck up any egg sacs or old webs. Test on an inconspicuous area, and then spray in the corners of window frames, along door cracks, or in dark dingy places spiders may be hiding out. You can also add a dash of white vinegar to the mixture, but keep in mind this could affect some fabrics and surfaces.

Lono Sprinkler App

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