Bring on the Night – Flowers You Need to View After Dark

Flowers bring such beauty to our gardens. Sometimes just looking at flowers can make the cares of life disappear. But did you know that some flowers are even more beautiful in the soft light of night? So, bring on the night! Here are flowers you need to view after dark.

moonflower2-01Plants with reflective foliage: Lamb’s ear, agaves, and Russian sage with their silver and grey leaves lend an ethereal light to your garden. Jack Frost brunnera and others with a metallic sheen to their leaves absolutely glimmer at dusk. And white variegated hostas, caladiums, and dogwoods reflect the faint light of evening after their green leaves are invisible.

Flowers full of fragrance: The scents of many flowers grow more intense after dark when breezes aren’t as strong. Roses, lilies, honeysuckle, and old-fashioned petunias release their fragrances perfuming the air after dark more strongly than in daylight hours.

Night blooming flowers: Evening primroses, four o’clocks, and moonflowers (a.k.a. tropical white morning glory) save their exquisiteness for after sunset. They unfurl their blossoms to greet the night and it’s a sight you shouldn’t miss. Some cactuses and tropical water lilies do the same.

Pastel flowers:  After dark the red, purple, blue, and orange blossoms disappear and pastel blossoms begin to illuminate the garden. White flowers stand out in the garden like little moons. Tiny flowers like those of asters and guara become their own little Milky Way.

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