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Blossoming After Dark

Create a twilight garden for a tranquil, outdoor meditative space.

Midnight in the Garden, Bunny by Holly Ward Bimba

From the cool moonlight, to the soft sounds of nocturnal birds, to the scent of night-blooming flowers, the most magical time to enjoy your garden may be at night. In addition to offering natural aromatherapy, spending time outdoors in the evening can be good for your health—improving the quality of your sleep, easing anxiety, and enhancing the libido. Create your own private outdoor space, designed to be enjoyed at night, for a tranquil oasis where you can rest, meditate, and disconnect from the hyperconnectivity of your indoor life.“A connection to the natural world enhances your well-being, and a garden at night is very much alive in ways that might surprise you,” says Julian Duval, president and CEO of the San Diego Botanical Garden. He suggests thinking about all the senses when planning a twilight garden.A Nighttime NookNo yard? Try these tips to create a twilight garden in the smallest of spaces.Color and texture: White, lavender, and blue flowers; silver grasses; and plants with textured leaves all become luminous and reflective under moonlight. “Consider your region to see what thrives in your …

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