It’s the end of a busy day at White Flower Farm

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in Mor­ris, Con­necti­cut, and a full moon shines on the nurs­ery’s 300-acre prop­erty. Owner Eliot Wadsworth ad­mires the moon gar­den’s lat­est blooms—‘cup­cakes White’ cos­mos, ‘Fire­fly Di­a­mond’ yarrow, and ‘Casa Blanca’ lilies—shin­ing in the moon­light.

“The flow­ers seem to glow, and the dark fo­liage be­comes al­most in­vis­i­ble,” Wadsworth says. The nurs­ery’s founders, Wil­liam Har­ris and Jane Grant, planted this all-white flow­er­ing bor­der af­ter vis­it­ing the famed White Gar­den at Siss­inghurst Cas­tle in Kent, Eng­land. At the time, Har­ris and Grant even con­sid­ered build­ing a nurs­ery busi­ness solely on white-flow­er­ing plants. They quickly aban­doned that idea, but the white flower bor­der—also called the moon gar­den—has thrived for seven decades in the nurs­ery’s dis­play gar­dens.

Head gar­dener Ch­eryl Whalen, who has cared for the gar­dens for 20 years, says, “Over the years core plants like the white wis­te­ria trees re­main in the moon gar­den, but other peren­ni­als and an­nu­als come and go as new cul­ti­vars are added to our nurs­ery’s cat­a­log.”

If you find your­self wish­ing to bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence your own gar­den un­der the night sky, con­sult Whalen’s list of fa­vorite plants and where to place them in “Shim­mer­ing Plants,” page 9. Then use our tips to grow your own moon gar­den or en­chanted con­tainer.

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