The summers have come and the gardeners like me have started worrying about their plants dying due to the awful heat. And the worst part? It’s too hot in the daytime that you cannot even enjoy a walk in your garden. By the time the sun bids you adieu, it’s almost time for your blooms to prepare for goodnight’s sleep.
Do not worry, there are plenty of flowers that start blooming in the evening and would welcome you with their open petals and intoxicating aroma. So gardening aficionados, you should think of getting some flowers that bloom at night to enjoy your evening walks. Do you grow some of the night blooms in your garden? I do. If you want to grow them, here are ten of the most beautiful night blossoms to adorn your garden:
The Top Ten Night Flowers-
1. Evening Primrose
While I was learning about gardening and the flowers that only bloom at night, the evening primrose caught my attention. The flower blooms and opens up in a fraction of a minute during the evening. I was reading about this in a book about gardening that I have in my library. I was intrigued. After sowing the seeds, I was waiting for them to bloom. Yes, I saw this cup-shaped wildflower open with its four petals, eight stamens.
Do you know their specialty? These blossoms grow in multiple shades of pink, brilliant yellow, and white. Native to Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas, they grow on infertile soil under the blazing sun and minimum water. I grow them in abundance in my moon garden because they glow in the night’s darkness, creating a magical effect.
These night flowers bloom only during the night. I love moonflowers because the white appeals to my sense of aesthetics. They bloom around late afternoons, and once night enfolds my moon garden, they thrive as full flowers. I feel their sweet fragrance when I sit in my garden chair at night after a hard at work. They make wonderful creepers for your balcony or railings.
They thrive on sandy, loamy soil. I saw the flowers growing 6-15 feet in height. The white-pink blossoms open at night and close when the sunlight kisses its petals. Pollinated by nocturnal insects, these night-blooming flowers are one of my favorites that adorn my moon garden.
3. Night Gladiolus
I love these beautiful night flowers with their creamy yellow petals releasing a spicy fragrance in my moon garden. They generally thrive in dense places blessed with profuse rainfall. You will also find them growing close to the sea or at higher altitudes.
I saw the night gladiolus attracting bees, colorful butterflies, and other insects. In my garden, these creamy, yellow flowers grow about 37 inches. Blossoming in late spring or early or midsummers, this night blooming flower will soon become your neighbor’s envy.
4. Four O’ Clocks
Blooming late in the afternoons post 4 pm, these sweet-scented night flowers are my favorites. I saw them unfurling completely in my garden giving off a powerful, sweet fragrance that resembles the smell of jasmine. The four o’ clocks thrive in my garden all through the night, only to close in the morning.
However, they grow best with full sunlight. I love them because bloom in a variety of shades including white, red, pink, blue, yellow, and some bi-colors as well. I made an interesting observation about four o’ clocks. They keep changing colors when growing. The whites metamorphose into pale violet and the yellow blooms turn pink.
5. Nottingham Catchfly
This night blooming flower blossoms between June and July in my garden. These yellow-white, wild blooms unfurl at night or in the late evenings. My garden was full of these flowers last June. I still picture them growing in my beautiful garden.
I am delighted to grow these flowers with their five yellowish-white narrow petals and hairy leaves. The blooms release string at night, inviting moths and insects. Native to the rocky banks as well as the Southern Finland hillside ridges, these flowers remind me of my vacation in Europe five years ago.
Did you know that the Nottingham Catchfly is also called the Eurasian Catchfly in the United States? I keep reading books about plants, flowers, and gardening. During my reading sessions, I learned that this night flower first found in Nottingham place in the UK, now grown in America as well. I observed that this night blooming flower looks more eye-catching during nightfall. They blossom for three successive nights. And guess what? Every night, the plant opens up with different stamens to increase pollination.
6. Night Blooming Jasmine
When I sit in my moon garden after a long day at work, the night blooming jasmine fills my nostrils with its sweet aroma. The fragrance makes feel ecstatic. I unwind and relax under the night sky, all my stress and fatigue ooze out of my body. They look tubular and greenish white in color blossoms exclusively during the night spreading its sweet scent around.
When I retire to my bedroom on the upper floor of my villa, I sense its strong perfume entering through the open windows. The ‘lady of the night’ did turn my small garden into an enthralling one, a place where I love to let everything go.
7. Indian Night Jasmine (Parijat)
This is a low growing tree growing up to a height of 33 feet which blooms during the spring season. The plant required full to partial sun along with average watering frequency to thrive well.
The beautiful white fragrant flowers with bright orange stems bloom at night and are one of the most fragrant flowers. The highly aromatic flowers are used by the perfume industry and are highly used for various sacred religious purposes as well. The flower is also used to produce a particular yellow dye for the clothing industry. Extracts of the seeds and flowers are also used in the pharmacy industry.
8. Night Blooming Water Lilies
Blossoming as dark pink, crimson, yellow, orange, and purple, the bright-colored flowers make my moon garden spectacular. They surely make one of the best summer flowers to have around. Yes, I am talking about the night blooming water lilies that dress up my outdoor space. These night blooming flowers growing in my garden’s small pond look magical against the night. They usually bloom at sundown.
The flowers have 19 or 20 petals. Yes, I count them when sitting in my garden. A few times, I also counted 20 petals. I saw the water lilies growing large in the water body with a diameter of 2-12 feet. Though they have a faint and pungent smell, they look stunning, growing best in my garden pond with temperatures slightly more than 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Although called daylilies, many of these flowers blossom only during the night. I grow the Toltec Sundial and Moon Frolic. The former grows in abundance in my garden releasing a strong scent. They look beautiful with their bright yellow color. My child loves the moon Frolics, lavender-hued.
Though not strongly scented, these night blooms are a sight to behold in my moon garden. They grow best in full sunlight on damp, well-drained soil. My garden receives the maximum sun’s heat. I put these flowerpots in the afternoon shade to retain their bright and vivid colors.
10. Dragon Fruit Flowers
These flowers are real head turners in my moon garden. I saw them growing large against the night, green leaves, and with the fruit. They look spectacular. The dragon fruit flowers bloom around 7 pm after nightfall and reach full growth at midnight. The plant bears a cactus fruit, native to the Americas, and usually thrives in the USDA zones 10-
I saw my little garden grow big and beautiful with these night blooming flowers. It was not an easy job, pursuing my penchant for gardening. I took time out during the weekends to care for these beauties. Now, my small outdoor space has turned into a big, adorned garden full of these night blossoms.