As the sun sets and the day transitions to night, imagine your garden transforming into a fragrant wonderland with blooms that come alive in the moonlight. In this captivating journey, we unveil the allure of 17 stunning night-blooming flowers that paint your yard with elegance and perfume the air with intoxicating scents.
From the mysterious Evening Primrose to the enchanting Night-Blooming Cereus, each blossom has a tale to tell under the starry skies. Let’s get to know each one of them!
Evening Primrose (Oenothera)
The Evening Primrose, living up to its name, releases its lemon-like fragrance from evening till night. Beyond its beauty, its leaves, seeds, and oil boast various medicinal uses, making it a multifaceted addition to your garden. Thriving in USDA Zones 4-9, Evening Primrose prefers well-drained soil and full sun.
Datura (Datura wrightii)
Known as the ‘Devil’s trumpet,’ the Datura boasts toxic blooms, demanding careful placement away from pets and children. Its presence near roadside trees or gardens adds a touch of mystery to the night. Suitable for USDA Zones 9-11, Datura prefers well-drained soil and full sun.
Moonflower (Ipomoea alba)
With large white and pink blooms that unfurl at sunset, the Moonflower bathes your garden in a sweet, musky fragrance. A true nocturnal beauty, it remains open until sunrise. Flourishing in USDA Zones 9-11, Moonflowers prefer well-drained soil and full sun. They are relatively low-maintenance and can be a stunning addition to warm-climate gardens.
Night Phlox (Zaluzianskya capensis)
Also crowned as the queen of the night, the Night Phlox spreads a sweet honey-like fragrance alongside bright yellow blossoms. It’s a floral symphony in the dark. Suited for USDA Zones 8-11, Night Phlox thrives in well-drained soil and full sun. It’s a resilient plant that rewards with its sweet fragrance at night.
Marsh Afrikaner Gladiolus (Gladiolus tristis)
Thriving in moist soil, this colorful flower attracts bees, insects, and butterflies. A word of caution – it’s mildly toxic, making it essential to keep it away from pets and children. Ideal for USDA Zones 7-10, this Gladiolus species prefers moist soil and full sun.
Four O’Clocks (Mirabilis jalapa)
Unfurling its petals in the late afternoon, the Four O’Clocks emanate a lemony, spicy fragrance in various shades. Their vibrant presence adds a splash of color to the night. Thriving in USDA Zones 7-11, Four O’Clocks prefer well-drained soil and full sun.
Night-Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum)
This evergreen shrub offers scented white flowers with a green tint throughout the year, provided it basks in plenty of sunlight during the day. A true beauty that blooms when the sun bids farewell. Suitable for USDA Zones 8-11, Night-Blooming Jasmine needs well-drained soil and full sun.
Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia)
Hanging downwards like ethereal trumpets, these large, fragrant white, peach, or pink flowers complement the dark green foliage, creating a picturesque night scene. Suited for USDA Zones 9-11, Angel’s Trumpet prefers well-drained soil and full sun.
Night-Scented Orchid (Epidendrum nocturnum)
Releasing its sweet fragrance under the moonlight, the Night-Scented Orchid demands well-draining soil and dappled light for its scented white blooms. Thriving in USDA Zones 10-12, this orchid prefers well-draining soil and dappled light.
Nicotiana (Nicotiana tabacum)
With shades of pink, white, red, or green, Nicotiana is a sweetly scented night bloomer that can be grown from both seeds and cuttings. Adaptable to USDA Zones 10-11, Nicotiana prefers well-drained soil and full sun.
Casa Blanca Lily (Lilium ‘Casa Blanca’)
Emitting a mild, sweet scent in the night, the scented white blooms of the Casa Blanca Lily are a sight to behold, though toxic to cats and dogs. Suited for USDA Zones 5-9, this lily prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade.
Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa)
The Tuberose, a perennial that favors full sun and warm climates, offers clusters of strongly scented white blooms on a long spike in mid-to-late summer. Ideal for USDA Zones 7-10, Tuberose favors full sun and warm climates.
Evening Stock (Matthiola longipetala)
Also known as night-scented stock, this hardy annual showcases fragrant purple and white flowers that appear wilted during the day, unfolding their beauty at night. Thriving in USDA Zones 5-9, Evening Stock prefers well-drained soil and full sun.
Chocolate Daisy (Berlandiera lyrata)
Drought-tolerant and emitting a fragrance reminiscent of chocolate, this plant offers fragrant yellow blooms in the evening. Adaptable to USDA Zones 4-9, Chocolate Daisy is drought-tolerant and prefers well-drained soil and full sun.
Easter Lily Cactus (Echinopsis)
Also known as night-blooming hedgehogs, this cactus features stunning white blossoms on tall tube-like stems, opening for a night and withering on the second day. This cactus is suitable for USDA Zones 9-11 and thrives in well-drained soil and full sun.
Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)
The Gardenia, a large evergreen shrub, unfolds lance-shaped white blooms that spread a lovely fragrance at dusk. Ideal for USDA Zones 8-11, Gardenia prefers well-drained acidic soil and full sun to partial shade.
Night Blooming Cereus (Epiphyllum oxypetalum)
Opening up for a single night with an intensely sweet scent, this flower is a true night-blooming marvel. Suited for USDA Zones 10-12, this flower demands well-drained soil and partial to full sun.
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Melissa Pino is a biologist, master gardener, and regular contributor for Planet Natural. Melissa’s work focuses on promoting environmentally-friendly practices, helping people create healthy gardens and finding ways to achieve overall health and wellness.