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Moon Garden?

smockvsmockv OhioPosts: 42 ✭✭✭

Hello Everyone,

I am interested in starting a Moon Garden- plants that bloom late in the evening or overnight, to attract more bats to my yard; my Purple Martins are hard workers but I need a night shift. What have your successes been? What should I watch out for? Do you have a favorite plant? Tell me your stories, I look forward to hearing all about them!





  • merlin44merlin44 Posts: 441 ✭✭✭✭

    I adore Moon Flowers. Beautiful white flower with a jasmine scent, magically open by the light of the moon.

  • smockvsmockv OhioPosts: 42 ✭✭✭

    @merlin44 Are you growing them currently, if so, under what conditions? Thank you for your reply!


  • merlin44merlin44 Posts: 441 ✭✭✭✭

    smockv I grow them among my morning glories. I love flowers that tend themselves.

  • Teresa KlepacTeresa Klepac Posts: 24 ✭✭✭

    I have had the same pot of moon flowers (Ipomoea) for over 5 years. I cut the seed pods off the plant after the bloom and drop them back into the pot so it re-seeds itself every year. Very easy plant to grow, Doesn't like a lot of water so it is drought-tolerant. I have heard that the plant and/or the blooms are poisonous but I have had it around my dogs and they have never been interested in chewing on it. Having said that, I would be cautious where you plant it. Dies back in the winter and comes back in the spring.

  • smockvsmockv OhioPosts: 42 ✭✭✭

    @Teresa Klepac Thank you for your info! Do you have any other night bloomers?

  • LinziLinzi Posts: 121 admin
    edited August 2019

    Ooh, these are a couple of my favorites - Evening Primrose (bright yellow flowers that open in the evening, and great medicinal uses to boot!), and 4 o'clocks with their fragrant deep purple blooms. That said.. I have not yet grown or cared for either of these, so I can't give any advice there..

  • Lisa KLisa K Posts: 427 ✭✭✭
    edited August 2019

    I am going to try Evening Primrose! So excited!

    I have in the past grown night blooming Jessamine, the flowers are very insignificant to look at but have an incredible fragrance.

  • smockvsmockv OhioPosts: 42 ✭✭✭

    I will have to look into these. I have some 4 O'clock seeds that i have been saving; my grandmother had a lovely patch she let naturalize in their garden.

  • Teresa KlepacTeresa Klepac Posts: 24 ✭✭✭

    No I don't unfortunately. The reason for the moon flowers is very nostalgic. My maternal grandmother had them growing by her front porch every summer when I would visit. They are a sweet reminder of her. ❤️

  • herbantherapyherbantherapy Posts: 221 ✭✭✭
    edited August 2019

    I can’t wait to get a good moon garden started! For me it’s about an aesthetically pleasing garden under moonlight. Attracting bats would be a bonus I had not thought of! @smockv I grow night blooming jasmine and a Claredendron tree that opens in the evening and smells like Jasmine, plus when you rub it’s leaves it smells like peanut butter! I have blue star creeper in my pathways and Iberis (candytuft) highlighting the walkways. I also have skunk cabbage which the locals tell me do attract bats, but I haven’t noticed...though I’m not done at the creek where they grow at night.

    I'm always looking for the next great white flower to add for moonlight reflection. I think I will look into Moonflowers and if they grow here (PNW). I have morning glory but strive to eradicate it because it’s very invasive where I live.

    What plants do you know of that attract bats? Is it smell? Or color? Or??

  • pamelamackenziepamelamackenzie Posts: 145 ✭✭✭

    Thanks for this topic. I am putting a moon garden on my to do list

  • blevinandwombablevinandwomba Central PaPosts: 320 ✭✭✭

    Just to clarify, when you say you want to attract bats with your moon garden, do you mean attract insects for the bats to eat? Or do you mean attract nectar feeding bats? My understanding is that in the US, the only nectar feeders live in the desert southwest and feed off plants like cactus and agave.

    On a more practical note, I have never planted a moon garden, but I can vouch for moonflowers. They are easy to grow if you get them started early enough, and really beautiful.

  • smockvsmockv OhioPosts: 42 ✭✭✭

    @blevinandwomba I have seen two small bats flying around my yard at dusk. I am looking for experiences growing night blooming flowers. I have only ever had experience growing 4 O'clocks, considered night blooming. I know i am in garden zone 6 and I have quality amended soil in the bed I have planned for planting.

  • blevinandwombablevinandwomba Central PaPosts: 320 ✭✭✭

    I'm just trying to figure out the connection between the moon garden and the bats. You're in Ohio, right? So the bats would be insect eaters. Night blooming plants would attract moths, which many species eat, I just wasn't sure if that is what you were aiming for.

    Regardless, thanks for helping the bats.

    Here's a link if you want to check out the species in your state.


  • smockvsmockv OhioPosts: 42 ✭✭✭

    I just wanted to say a great big thank you to y'all for all the wonderful information!

  • merlin44merlin44 Posts: 441 ✭✭✭✭

    Another night bloomer is the rattle gourd, a squash type white flower. Here in the Ozarks, they will reseed themselves and produce bottle/rattle shaped gourds.

  • shllnzlshllnzl Southwestern UtahPosts: 869 ✭✭✭

    @blevinandwomba Thanks for the great bat resource.

  • smockvsmockv OhioPosts: 42 ✭✭✭

    @merlin44 , I have saved some seeds from several different gourd varieties, I will have to add those in the spring! I used to live in the Ozark foothills- outside Ft. Smith, Ar. Such lovely part of the country! We are now in Southern Ohio Amish Country; this is quite the new experience!

    @blevinandwomba thank you for the bat resource!

  • aprilbbrinkmanaprilbbrinkman Posts: 18 ✭✭✭

    Evening primrose is a beauty of an herbal plant, and it blooms as the sun is setting. I love mine. I bet you could plant it as when you first walk into the moon garden, like the sunset introduction.

  • maimovermaimover Posts: 112 ✭✭✭

    This is a topic I’ve not heard of but think it’s incredibly enticing to think about those flowers in the moonlight; maybe someday...

  • BooneWyattBooneWyatt SomewherePosts: 17 ✭✭✭

    I'm with you maimover. That, and the thought of bats visiting every night is just too fun to ignore.

  • seeker.nancyseeker.nancy Posts: 323 ✭✭✭

    Bats eat a lot of bugs, including mosquitoes where I am. I want to put up a bat house, but I never thought about doing a moon garden. Sounds fun! Maybe next year or five I'll get one planted 🤣

  • teachercarynteachercaryn Cook at Wahlburgers The Frozen Tundra in the Northern MidwestPosts: 185 ✭✭✭

    Thrilling sound...Moon Garden. I was going to try something new this year, so this Moon Garden is it! Thanks for all of the plant names. I will be looking into where to buy these beauties to attract delightful bats. They swoop in the evenings here, so giving them flowers will keep all of us happy. Cheers

  • vickeymvickeym Posts: 130 ✭✭✭

    This sounds wonderful. I remember growing up in FL we had 4 o'clocks. They were all around our patio and they smelled wonderful in the evening when they bloomed.

    Does anyone know if there are night bloomers that can thrive in the far north. I am zone 3b in South Central Alaska.

  • Mary Linda BittleMary Linda Bittle Posts: 420 ✭✭✭✭

    I think a moon garden would be lovely, and any benefit to the bats would be a bonus! I always thought sitting on the porch at night with some fragrant night-blooming flowers would be so lovely.

    I'm going to have to add that to my list of things to plan for the future.

  • foodherbshealthfoodherbshealth New ZealandPosts: 137 ✭✭✭

    Wow I thought a "moon garden" was to do with planting by the moon, but this is a great idea. I had a boronia tree which has very unassuming brown flowers but they smell divine in the evening,so that might be another one you can try.

  • pseaboltpseabolt North Carolina Posts: 45 ✭✭✭

    I’m not sure if these qualify but my husband has a plant that he calls an Angels Trumpet. I looked it up and the proper name is Brugmansia. They have a flower that is closed during the day and opens at dusk. I believe that the flower then dies off to be replaced. I’m sorry to sound so ignorant about it but he has it planted down by his “man cave” and I don’t really care for it, aesthetically it’s just not a plant that appeals to me but we have many friends that rave about how beautiful it is. shrugs We all have different taste, right? 😂 Anyway, this is what Google says about it :

    “Brugmansia is a genus of seven species of flowering plants in the family Solanaceae. They are woody trees or shrubs, with pendulous flowers, and have no spines on their fruit. Their large, fragrant flowers give them their common name of angel's trumpets, a name sometimes used for the closely related genus Datura.”

  • pseaboltpseabolt North Carolina Posts: 45 ✭✭✭

    I’m not sure why my text grew and became bold print when I posted. Sorry. I really wasn’t trying to shout. Lol

  • HeidiHeidi Posts: 30 ✭✭✭

    Heard a little about moon gardens but never really thought much one way or another about them. After reading all these posts, I am excited to learn more and possibly begin incorporating some of the plants and making my own little nighttime paradise. Thanks everyone!

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