A garden can be a prize for a green-thumbed witch, but all grounded beings can find an inherent power in the sacred space they keep in their gardens. The living life in greenspace is sacred, and when nurtured, can connect with the mother Gaia and source energy, which many witches hold dear to their hearts. Gardens can have many different plants that can be vegetables, flowers, or both. There can also be various themed gardens a witch might enjoy planning to have in a specific space to harness the desired power. These distinctive witch gardens could be unique spaces like a moon garden, witchy herb garden, or a goth AKA dark witch garden. It is good to have an additional greenspace plan than just a thrown together or typical garden since it adds more magickal powers to the channeled witch energy. Even though they involve extensive planning, they are unique and can inspire magical spells and manifestations. It even becomes useful with specific plants grown in a garden for spell work and ritual.
The first unique garden of this planning series that we will be digging into will be the moon garden, and the moon garden is named because it has beautiful plants highlighted and charged by the moon. This green space is unique because each plant and flower is hand-picked to harness the moon's energy and light, amplifying the power of this beautiful beacon of light in the night. A moon garden has the best strength and magick when most plants are either white or in the light, bright or pastel-colored family. These are plants that will glow and pop in the moonlight and bounce the moon's powerful energy back to the universe, filling up the sacred space with moon magick.
The first step in planning a garden is to consider that different flowers and plants should be planted at various times in the seasons and depending on location or region. This guide is a rough guide to all the potential plants grown in a moon garden, and some may not be compatible with all regions. The best plan is to get ideas and then see what plants or flowers are compatible with your specific local region to have the moon garden started and be as successful as possible. The best way to check what is compatible with your region and when to plant specific plans is to look at the many different tools online. Other tried and true methods like the classic Farmer's Almanac or reading the seed packets will give useful details on area and planting times for specific regions.
The seeds I recommend are heirloom seeds since they have survived the test of time and have been in gardens for generations encompassing the magick of the beings who gardened in the past. Many companies sell heirloom sends, but my favorite is Rare Seeds. They have the widest variety of plants with a long and lasting institution built on trust and sound products with excellent results. Whether picking heirloom or not, it is best to stay away from genetically modified seeds since foreign chemical structures dull their natural magick and, therefore, are less potent for magickal gardens. The following plants will be recommendations, and the best tactic is to find what planting zone you are in and then out of the list what plants would work best for that area. I am not going to go too in-depth with this part as it is a given to at least have a basic knowledge of the gardening methods for your specific area as this is a planning guide, not a learning guide. Most flowers are annuals or perennials, depending on the zone of growth and temperatures. Hence, it is best to find what works for the particular region before buying rare flowers that may only grow for one season.
Ageratum- Ageratum is a durable flower that has a gorgeous color throughout the plant. Ageratum comes in pastel tones like lavender, blue, and white and is very beneficial to insect populations. The beautiful toned flower is a lovely addition to the moon garden as the purples, blues, and whites will pop under the moonlight and fuel a psychic intuned moon power. They are hardy plants and will bloom in the spring and last until the first frost, though it is poisonous, so keep in the middle of the garden away from children and pets. Ageratum represents sturdy magick and grounded energy that survives through the strongest winds or the largest storms. It is the life-giving force that will never die and will be left standing to rebuild the earth when all other organic matter has died off or dried up.
Baby's Breath- The most delicate and classic accompaniment flower and is well-known for it's filling qualities in bouquets and gardens are not any different with the addition of this dense plant. Baby's breath can bloom in large clusters creating great additions to a moon garden by filling the spaces between rare plants. It also can be placed on the borders making sure it shields pets or children from getting to the poisonous or more precious plants in the deeper part of the garden. Baby's breath is a perennial and can bloom all year in warmer climates without frost but could also do well in many different gardens coming back year after year as a beautiful border or fill in any moon worshiping garden. Baby's breath represents endurance and subtle power, and these are aspects the moon encompasses as well, creating a link between this hardy plant and the moon power that it will bathe in for many nights to come.
Japanese Kiiro Cosmos- There are many varieties of Cosmos and, like most of the flowers on this list, can be annuals or perennials, depending on zone. Still, the Japanese Kiiro Cosmos is an excellent addition to a moon garden because it is one of the more subtle colored Cosmos but has a big beautiful flower to catch the moon's light. They are from Japan and are a unique addition to a moon garden coming in the colors of yellow, sour cream, rose, and peach, with some that have a watercolor effect of multiple colors. The Cosmos plant grows to four feet tall and is a straightforward plant to grow prevalent in children's gardens. The Cosmos represents innocence and delicate beauty, which are traits associated with moon energy and the subtle light that shines by our night light in the sky.
Blue Disc African Daisies-Daisies are a hardy favorite flower, with the most common being the yellow petals and brown insides. Still, there are many beautiful varieties to add to any moon garden that would shine bright and encompass strong but delicate magick. Daisies grow big and hardy and as a perennial in some climates but annual in most cold soil locations. A rare type of daisy is called a Blue Disc African Daisy coveted in any moon garden for its stunning turquoise center, and white or light blue tinted petals would be my top choice. Blue Disc African daisies are perfect for a moon garden as they Encompass all kinds of moon energy with their blue centers and white flowers. They represent magick and witches since they are rare and unique, just like magickal beings but also stunning and alluring, captivating all those who gaze upon the beauty.
Four O’Clock- Adding some subtle color to the list is the Four O'Clock flower, which has such delicate flowers, the moonlight is sure to shine right into these beauties. These beautiful colored flowers come in white, but even the colored variety’s soft colors would have an intricate and subtle glow under the moon. The most stunning and still shining bright in the moonlight would be the salmon-colored flowers of this breed called Salmon Sunset Four O’clock. These are also late-day bloomers and would be perfect for planting a moon garden to guarantee blooms even late at night all season. Also, a very fragrant flower with a beautiful smell is tempting to add to the moon garden. These should be handled with care since they can be dangerous to handle too often and kept on a garden’s inner part due to the plants' poisonous nature. These flowers encompass total Lilith magickal energy as they are beautiful and tempting but can be dangerous if messed with or damaged.
Moonflower Morning Glory- It would not be a moon garden without the Morning Glory Moonflower, which has an instinctual nature, unlike the average morning glory flower. A large beautiful perennial flower with vines can grow up to 20 feet, and the flowers can measure up to 7 in". The Moonflower is one of the most beautiful morning glories and can bloom at night, creating an eerie image under the full moon and closing up at the first touch of the sun. A stunning morning glory that does well in cooler climates and can bloom into the fall in some zones. The magick of the Moonflower is of being different and unique when all others may be the same. The moon-shaped beauties encompass going against the status quo and type since they are morning glories that bloom at night and close in the morning.
Amazing Gray Poppy- Poppys are a great addition because they come in so many colors and are very hardy annual plants to grow in many climates. Plus, they have a very long growing season so that they can bloom for many moons. The Amazing Gray Poppy is just as its name suggests, unique and wonderful for day or night in the garden. There are many different poppies to choose from, but these gray beauties are unique and would catch the eye any time while blooming in a moon garden. The gray color under the moon would be almost ghost-like and would create the darker smoky ambiance a witch wishes to encompass in a ritual space. These poppies would represent mediumship or communication with spirit guides and those who have crossed over. A witch could use their energy to send a message through the moon's power to take care and protect those who have left this realm and help guide them by moonlight onto the next life.
Tequila Sunrise Snapdragon- Snapdragons are another beautiful addition and come in many various colors, including white, peach, and pink that would all pop-under the moonlight. The Tequila Sunrise Snapdragon would be an excellent choice for a moon garden to add some depth to the flowers popping underneath the moon. Not always having just white flowers in a moon garden can be appealing, and the Tequila Sunrise Snapdragons come in mixes that will have colors from yellow, peach to light pink that is subtle enough to still shine under the moon. Snapdragons are exquisite flowers for cold weather, and many varieties have bloomed throughout the most frigid winters without any damage. Snapdragons represent sustainable and durable magick. They are the magick that could not be eradicated by the inquisition or thousands of years of oppression and use these flowers to honor all the witches who came before and possibly lost their lives for their craft.
Old Spice Mix Sweet Pea- Sweet peas, especially the Old Spice Sweet Pea Mix, is one of the most beautiful and fragrant mixes of flowers to pop underneath the Moon in a garden. The mix has a wide variety of colors, from whites to dark purples, all coming from the same seed linage. They're very heat resistant and can grow in many different types of ecosystems. The seeds pods and plants are poisonous, so it is careful to plant them away from the front of the gardens where animals or people and children could reach. Sweet peas are great for channeling the beauty and youth magick. They would be prosperous ritual flowers to be around during a love spell or marriage spells since they bring sweet feelings and beautiful thoughts.
Vegetable gardens can be planted with a moon garden esthetic since there are many varieties of white vegetables released by different seed companies all the time. For the vegetable gardener, growing some white tomatoes, white pumpkins or squash, or white marshmallow plants would be fun to add to the garden and make an edible side. If the witch wants to add vegetables into the moon garden, make sure they stay away from any potentially poisonous flowers since they can be dangerous when put near edible items.
The most important part of getting the moon garden to be of magickal use is to worship in the space during a full moon. This means tracking the moon cycles is essential to have the most use out of the garden and have spells aligned to different plants being open on certain moon times. Adding crystals into the garden and other magick items to charge in the moonlight garden is a good idea since the plants reflect the moon and charge magickal items double. Having a space in the moon garden to practice rituals would be unique since the power would be amplified for charging spells powered by the moon.
The magick of the moon garden will envelop the witch who gazes on the nighttime beauty whenever the rays of the moon shine down. Picking the right plants is a personal choice on how the plant makes each caster feel and what magick it invokes for each witch. A moon garden is a beautiful space to enjoy while the moon is full, and the magick will feel vital to those who do not even practice moon magick. Enjoy the beautiful moonlight that will fill up the garden once you can fully enjoy the moon garden under a full moon. Let the magick surround you and come as it may since the point is to appreciate mother nature under the moon, the magick will surround naturally in this sacred space.