Enjoying Flowers At Night: Top Plants For A Night Garden

By Susan Albert | July 20, 2020
by Susan Albert
July 20, 2020

On warm summer nights what better place to be than in the garden, enjoying the soft, perfumed breezes and luminous plants in a moonlit garden. White flowers, silvery foliage, and fragrant blooms combine with discreet lighting to lend a dramatic flair to your garden. Ready to enjoy some foliage and flowers at night illuminated by the moon?

Top Plants for a Night Garden

Creating a night garden can offer a unique and mysterious venue for your next evening get together. Or simply sit back and enjoy these wonderful flowers at night as you relax after a long day. Nothing quite beats the calming feeling associated with plants that look good at night. Here are my top choices for stunning moon garden plants:

Silvery Foliage for Night Gardens

The silvery foliage of Artemisia, painted ferns, and dusty miller all have that iridescent quality that stands out. The same is true of lamb’s ears, although it seems to die out in high humidity or moist soil. I have grown all of these and word of caution with Artemisia “” it can be aggressive. The ‘Valerie Finnis’ variety is supposed to be less so. Try these silvery plants:

Night Flowers for Fragrance

For fragrance, moonflower does, indeed, have a heavenly scent and so does the large, white blossom of Casa Blanca lily. Gardenia has a heady, unmistakable aroma.

White Flowers at Night

Bright white flowers such as Angelonia, Profusion zinnia, ‘David’ phlox, and Blue River II hibiscus are sure to turn heads in the garden. Angelonia (summer snapdragon) looks great in containers too. Mix it with Profusion zinnia and Diamond Frost euphorbia for a stunning display. Here are some others:

  • Black-eyed-susan vine (Thunbergia alata ‘White-Eyed Susie’)
  • Fleece flower (Persicaria polymorpha)
  • Hardy hibiscus (H. moscheutos ‘Blue River II’)
  • Pinky Winky hydrangea (H. paniculata ‘DVPpinky’) – stunning pink and white flowers
  • Night phlox

Several of these plants are hardy in warm zones 9 to 11. In cooler zones, the plants can be treated as annuals or grown in pots and overwintered. Even without moonlight, you can cast a warm glow on evening specimens with landscape lights, candles, and torches.

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