There are numerous flowers that prefer the dark and offer us truly charming views when no one is around. If you want to have the best nocturnal garden, you should check out these incredible flowers that bloom at night. Their beauty will mesmerize you, while the sweet fragrance will wash away the stress of a chaotic day.
Moonflowers have a descriptive name as they bloom at night. They have white flowers pollinated by night-loving insects. This delicate flower loves climbing and is a native to Florida and Central America. The moonflower starts blooming in the late afternoon and has a sweet, powerful fragrance. Its blooms die at sunrise.
2. Evening Primrose
The evening primrose plant is not only a beautiful addition to your garden but also a healthy choice. This plant is often grown for its nutritious oil, which is rich in healthy, unsaturated fats. As the name suggests, its flowers only bloom during the night. The evening primrose plant reaches up to five feet in height.
3. Brahma Kamal
Brahma is the Hindu god of creation. Brahma Kamal is named after him, suggestive of its royal, elegant beauty. The flower blooms for about two or three months only, starting in July, and only at night, for a few hours. This beauty is native to the Himalayas and a few regions in Burma and China. The peak of the blooming period is at approximately 10 PM. This plant is part of the cacti family.
4. Night-Scented Orchid
The night-scented orchid is a delicate plant that impresses with its strong fragrance during the evening and night. It is a rare plant, and it is not cultivated. At the same time, the night-scented orchid is the only orchid that opens its blooms at night. The petals resemble landing pads, encouraging nocturnal insects to come and pollinate them.
Angel’s trumpets are beautiful, rare plants. Some people believed it was completely extinct in the wild, although it is still grown in gardens. The angel’s trumpet can be lethal when ingested, so make sure you keep it away from unwary adults, children, and pets. Unlike other flowers on this list, the angel’s trumpets open their blooms at night, but they last for a few days.
6. Nottingham Catchfly
Nottingham catchfly is a wildflower that loves rocky environments, and it is native to Southern Finland. Still, it is called “Nottingham” because it was initially found near Nottingham palace, UK. In the US, the plant is called the Eurasian catchfly. It opens its blooms in June and July and has a very strong scent during the night.
7. Chocolate Flower
The chocolate flower is a night-loving blooming plant that you can easily find in the United States. It thrives in fields or rough soils with limestone. The name is suggestive because the plant has a chocolate aroma. This plant blooms throughout spring and summer, providing a rich, flavorful cocoa smell all night long.
8. Casablanca Lily
Thought to be a hybrid of the oriental lilies, the Casablanca lily has a trumpet-like bloom with only six beautiful, pure white petals. There are also varieties with purple, yellow, or pink flowers, among others. The Casablanca lily is a preferred decoration for important events, including weddings, and also a favorite choice for creating perfumes due to its strong fragrance.
9. Mirabilis Jalapa
Mirabilis jalapa opens its beautiful, multicolored flowers in the late afternoon and has a pleasant, sweet perfume. You can usually find these blooms in yellow, magenta, pink, or even white. One of the great aspects of this plant is that it usually has differently colored flowers, and each flower may have two or more colors.
10. Night Gladiolus
The night gladiolus reaches approximately four feet in height and is commonly found in California. It does not enjoy drought, so make sure you have an appropriate irrigation system with suitable drainage. Also, if you want to plant it in California, you must add compost to the soil. Its blooms have a spicy scent, but make sure you keep it away from pets and kids because it is poisonous.
11. Night Phlox
The night phlox or the midnight candy has a distinctive sweet smell when the flowers bloom at night. If you want a nocturnal garden, this is an excellent addition for both color and mood. It is suitable for flowerbeds or containers, and it can grow in both full sun or partial shade.
As you might notice, nicotiana is related to tobacco plants used for cigarettes. It blooms during the night, and it can be easy to grow because its seeds germinate very quickly. The fragrance is strong when the blooms open. During the day, the flower attracts lots of hummingbirds.
13. Four O’ Clocks
This flower is known for its late afternoon blooming, after 4 PM, just as the name suggests. The flowers remain open throughout the entire night. This is because they bloom only when the temperature drops, during late evening and night. The plant is native to South America and grows in different colors, including red, yellow, and pink.
Tuberose is a staple ingredient in numerous perfumes, so you may want to add this to your night garden if you are looking for sweet fragrances. It can be grown from bulbs and thrives in a warmer climate. The clusters of blooms are also beautiful fresh cut flowers, often added to floral arrangements.