Flowers that bloom at night can add a touch of quaintness to your garden. Not only are they great to look at, but they also provide nectar to insects and other nocturnal creatures. If you have never thought about planting a moon garden, a look at the beautiful flowers on this list might just inspire you to carve out a tiny corner in your yard. When their fragrance wafts out into the summer night air, you’ll want to take a moonlight stroll.
These beauties open up at night and go back to “sleep” when the sun comes out in the morning. You can find them in white or pink and they can grow up to 15 feet. When planting, their seedlings need plenty of sunlight, and since they’re annuals, they have to be replanted every year.
2. Four O’ Clocks
These are not exactly night owls as these flowers start to bloom in the late afternoon and have a scent that is reminiscent of lemon. Their petals come in a variety of shades including white, yellow, pink, and purple that makes them look like they’re growing in the dark. They blossom in the spring and summer.
3. Evening Primrose
Staying true to its name, the evening primrose appreciates the coolness of dusk. Their sweet smell is a cross between lemons and honey.
4. Japanese Wisteria
These romantic-looking flower vines scream beauty and can turn your yard into a purple wonderland.
5. Night-Blooming Cereus
Also called Belle of the Night, the night-blooming cereus blooms only once or twice a year and only at night. In fact, they’re so alluring that people throw parties for them just to watch them bloom and to catch a whiff of their intoxicating scent.
6. Chocolate Daisy
Fancy waking up to the smell of chocolate? These chocolate daisies bloom at night and smell like cocoa early in the morning. You’ll be happy to hear that they return each year and are deer-resistant too.
7. Mock Orange
A shrub that blooms small citrus-scented flowers, mock orange flowers from late spring to early summer. Luckily, their fragrance is alluring during the night and day.
8. Angel’s Trumpet
When they sound their trumpet, the petals open to announce their sweet scent. Wait until the sun sets to really enjoy them, but be careful because they’re toxic to animals and humans if ingested.
9. Nottingham Catchfly
A delicate white flower with a sticky calyx that catches bugs, the catchfly flowers at night and closes in the morning. Its fragrance attracts bats and insects.
10. Casablanca Lily
This is a favorite at weddings. Casablanca lilies are a perfumer’s dream. Each year, they pop up around mid-summer and help brighten up the night.