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Moon Garden?

smockvsmockv Posts: 35 ✭✭✭

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!

Regards,

Vanessa

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  • merlin44merlin44 Posts: 346 ✭✭✭

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

  • smockvsmockv Posts: 35 ✭✭✭

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

    -V

  • spowell07spowell07 Posts: 19 ✭✭✭

    I so love the night blooming primrose. It’s one of my absolute favorites. Bright yellow in color. It starts to open at dusk and remains open all through the night. It returns to it’s glory every evening but looks like a large green stalk with a cocooned bloom growing as the day passes. They grow well in most all soul conditions except extreme wetness. They like to get there feet wet but not totally soaked all the time. They definitely add some sparkle to the nights ambience. To everyone who sees them most have said they feel like a kid waiting in anticipation of the new life thats about to emerge.

  • merlin44merlin44 Posts: 346 ✭✭✭

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

  • Teresa KlepacTeresa Klepac Posts: 20 ✭✭✭

    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 Posts: 35 ✭✭✭

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

  • LinziLinzi Posts: 110 admin
    edited August 13

    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: 242 ✭✭✭
    edited August 13

    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 Posts: 35 ✭✭✭

    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: 20 ✭✭✭

    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: 77 ✭✭✭
    edited August 14

    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: 115 ✭✭✭

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

  • blevinandwombablevinandwomba Posts: 143 ✭✭✭

    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 Posts: 35 ✭✭✭

    @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 Posts: 143 ✭✭✭

    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.

    http://www.batcon.org/resources/media-education/species-profiles

  • smockvsmockv Posts: 35 ✭✭✭

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

  • merlin44merlin44 Posts: 346 ✭✭✭

    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 Southern UtahPosts: 525 ✭✭✭✭

    @blevinandwomba Thanks for the great bat resource.

  • smockvsmockv Posts: 35 ✭✭✭

    @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: 67 ✭✭✭

    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...

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