Black Aluminum Fence – Makes a Great Moon Garden
I love my garden, unfortunately my work schedule changes a lot between nights and days, so half the time I don’t get to enjoy the fruits of my labor because I’m sleeping through the sun. If you’re a gardener, you can understand how that might be a little frustrating. All I really want to do is come home, get out of the car, and enjoy my garden for a few minutes before I go inside to sleep. But because I come home when it’s still dark, I can’t see a thing.
After some serious thought and consideration (yes, I was distracted at work), I decided to change my garden around as soon as possible. See, I already have a black aluminum fence around my property. Finials and a beautiful powder coated finish make it look really quite elegant, but it occurred to me that the black would work as a kind of “background color” during the day that would match the black of night once the sun is down. With a black backdrop, some solar tea-lights, and the right flowers I could have a night garden that would be visible when I get home. Something to calm me down before I go to sleep.
It took a little time and research, but I finally found just the right plants for my new moon garden. I like to try and keep my gardens full all year round, so it was important that I find a mixture of late, mid-season, and early bloomers that would complement each other well. Here’s some that I picked, let me know if you find anymore.
Snowdrops, Bleeding hearts, Azaleas, Fothergilla, and rhododendrons are great early bloomers. Mums, Garden phlox, and false dragonheads for later in the season, and Foxgloves, laurel shrubs, sweet alyssum, and Japanese dogwood for mid-season. With all the beautiful whites and brights, I can’t help but take a nice deep breathe whenever I enter the garden now. Even coming home alone at night, it’s sometimes nice to put sleep off for just a few more minutes while I sip a tea and enjoy the fragrance of my moon garden (and I know I’m secure because of my black aluminum fence…which I can’t even see).