A Garden For The Night
~ By LadyGenes ~
I have been wondering about flowers that bloom
at night and decided to do this article on this topic. I have heard of the Moon
flower that opens at night and wondered if there were any other flowers that do
the same. Was I surprised by how many there are after a search on the
internet. So not only can we have a wonderfully sweet aroma coming from our
gardens during day light hours but also at night!!
Here is a list of flowers that I have found that will bloom at night and sleep
during the day.
Moon Flower ~ This flower is a relative
of the Morning Glory flower and has a 5-6 inch white flowers with heart shaped
leaves that starts to open at dusk. Use caution with this flower though, it is
supposed to be poisonous. It is highly toxic but at the same time, at suitable
levels it has medical effects. It can be used to induce hallucinations in folk
medicine. Before planting this flower however, make sure it is not illegal in
your area. Some states in the United States have banned this flower.
Moon Flower ~ This is a hardy
plant in zones 5-9. It has soft white, pink and yellow flowers and has a sweet
scent that opens in the evening.
Angel's Trumpet ~ This plant has
large 6 inch white flowers that vine and start blooming from midsummer till
frost. That open at night and remain open until well into the day light hours.
Fragrance is more prominent in the evening and it grows 3-4 feet tall and wide
with blue-green foliage. As with the Moon flower, this plant is also poisonous.
Keep all children and pets away from it.
Night Phlox ~ The flowers on this
plant stays tightly closed during the day and when open at night they emit
a honey-almond-vanilla fragrance.
Evening Stock ~ This flower has
small pink or purplish flowers with lance style leaves and grows to one foot
tall. Has a very pleasing scent.
Four O'Clocks ~ This is a bushy
plant that grows to 2 feet tall. It has colorful trumpet shaped flowers that
have a jasmine scent and opens in the afternoon.
Nottingham Catchfly ~ These
flowers are found in England. The flowers will bloom three consecutive
nights before they fade and have a hyacinth scent to them.
Night Blooming Cereus ~ This
flower or cactus will not grow below 55 degrees F. It has large white
fragrant flowers and can be grown in containers and brought inside during
Daylilies ~ Two varieties of
the Daylilies that bloom at night are the Moon Frolic and the Toltec
Yucca ~ These flowers are
open all day long but only at night will the flowers lift up and emit a
soapy scent. They are hardy only on zones 4-9.
Here are some Night
Flowering Tobacco ~ They have
a long trumpet flower that have an intense evening fragrance.
Night Gladiolus ~ This flower is
creamy yellow in appearance and has a spicy scent to it.
August Lily ~ Has trumpet
shaped flowers that are waxy in appearance. The stems are 30 inches
and each flower is 5 inches long and 3 inches wide and has a honey
Fragrant Columbine ~ Creamy
white flowers with a honeysuckle scent.
Pinks ~ Pale pink flowers
with a clove scent.
Fairy Lily ~ This flower has
few yellow blooms on each stalk in the mid summer and you have to
take the bulbs up and store in the winter.
To this mix you can also add Mock
Orange which is a fast growing shrub that grows up to 10 feet tall and
has white, orange scented flowers that come out in late May through
early June. This is hardy in zone 4.
There are also a lot of white flowers with reflective foliage that you can
plant as well. A few of them are:
Purity Cosmos, Armour White Verbena, Alba Foxglove, Summer Hyacinth,
Bride Impatiens, Alba Bleeding Heart, Moonraker Cape fuchsia, Perry's
White Oriental Poppy, WhiteSwan Camellia, White Forsythia, Whitelace
Dianthus, Silver Artemesia, Lamb's ears, Silver sage, White Christmas
You can also add to all this some fragrant herbs and
vegetables. Some ideas are:
Silver Thyme, Alba Eggplant, Casper or Boo white pumpkins, Basils,
Mints and Oreganos.
This list has really given me good ideas
of things to try for an evening in the garden. I can just imagine now sitting
out on the patio at night with a light breeze blowing and the smell of these
wonderful flowers flowing in my direction. This is the perfect way to relieve
the stress from a hard day at work. I hope this has been beneficial for you
also in giving you ideas for a mix to your day garden.
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