The floral beauties blooming at night to create a moon garden

Do you know why some people enjoy nighttime over daytime? The most frequent answer to the question is the calmness and peace during the nighttime. Other than that, these night lovers have discovered something that decorates the night – Night-blooming flowers.

The flowers that bloom at night are illuminated by the moonlight. Also, these flowers release fragrances that you would have never experienced. On the other hand, the foliage adds extra beauty together with the moonlight. Literally, these flowers pop out of the darkness like sequins.

This beauty must be watched. So let us walk together in a virtual moon garden to have a look at 20 night-blooming flowers.


The plant is also known by the names Jimson weed and thorn apples. The beautiful flowers in them have forced many people to cultivate them in large quantities. Sometimes Datura is mixup with Brugmansia because of their similarities. The Datura flowers also have the shape of a trumpet, and the colours vary from yellow, white, purple, or pink. As the flowering season ends, a capsule fruit covered in spines is produced, known as thornapple. The leaves possess ornamental characteristics, and Datura plants could grow in different temperate climates.

Angel’s Trumpet or Brugmansia

The flower does have a shape of a trumpet. Angel’s trumpet is finest grown in the middle of spring when nighttime temperatures outside are no longer below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The plant will grow swiftly, often adding 24 to 36 inches tall yearly.


Moonflower is sometimes mistaken for Datura because it produces trumpet-shaped blooms. However, Datura grows lower to the ground, whereas Moonflower develops as a climber vine. The leaves of the Moonflower are heart-shaped, while its arrow is shaped in Datura leaves. Also, the trumpet of the Moonflower is more profound than that of Datura flowers. While Moonflower is a delicate perennial vine that may enhance the beauty and scent of a night garden. This vine has enormous, heart-shaped, dark green leaves on sturdy, slightly thorny stems and is commonly planted as an annual outside of its tropical and subtropical growth zones. Its trumpet-shaped blooms blossom from mid-summer to early autumn. They are iridescent white in colour and grow to be about 6 inches long and 3 to 6 inches in width.

Cape Jasmine

Evergreens with glossy, dark green leaves; Cape Jasmine is a beautiful addition to any garden. The leaves are 2 to 4 inches tall and provide a rich backdrop for the plant’s huge, white blooms that bloom in the spring and summer. Gardenia flowers are fragrant and waxy, with a diameter of up to 4 inches. Depending on the cultivar, flowers can be solitary or double. Based on this kind, Cape jasmine plants can grow to be 2 to 6 feet tall and broad. Cape jasmine (Gardenia jasminoides), commonly known as common gardenia, is an Asian native appreciated for its capacity to perfume the entire yard. Espalier, groundcover, hedge, specimen, bonsai, and container plants are all options for Cape jasmine.

Night Phlox

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Zaluzianskya capensis is the scientific name for this heritage plant from South Africa. If you’ve been planning an afternoon fragrance garden, night-blooming phlox can stand alone or be combined with other aromatic plants. Night phlox comes in various colours, including purple, white, and maroon.

Casablanca Lily

The Casa Blanca Lily is undoubtedly the greatest white Oriental lily available. These flourish from mid-summer to early autumn, with up to 8 blooms per stem, filling the garden with a delicious fragrance. Each bulb will yield 10-15 colours, making them good cut flowers.

Chocolate Daisy

The Berlandiera lyrata, also known as the ‘chocolate daisy,’ ‘chocolate flower,’ and ‘green eyes’. The flower is a hardy North American type of blooming yellow plant and belongs to the sunflower genus and creates a sweet chocolate-like aroma in the mornings after blooming all night. The petals shut, and the scent fades as the temperature increases during the day.

Queen of the Night

Whereas most plants bloom for weeks, orchid cacti only bloom for a few hours each year and always bloom at night. The plant’s botanical name is Epiphyllum oxypetalum, but it’s also known as “Queen of the Night” or “Lady of the Night” because of its intricate, nocturnal mating dance.

Evening Primrose

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The evening primrose is among North America’s few native wildflowers. The yellow evening primrose flowers at night, as its name indicates. From May through July, it blooms with gorgeous yellow flowers. It is said to have a variety of therapeutic purposes, ranging from headache relief and labour induction to baldness therapy and sloth cure. Evening primroses can be eaten in all of their parts. The roots are consumed like potatoes, while the leaves are consumed like leaves.

`Four O’ Clocks

Mirabilis jalapa (four o’clock plants) are bushy blooming plants. On branching stems, these tuberous-rooted plants develop somewhat pointed oval leaves. The way they blossom has given them their famous name. The blooms open late in the afternoon, about 4 p.m. or so, and stay open till the following day. The trumpet-shaped, five-petaled flowers are about 2-inches long and occur in various hues, including pink and red. Flowers from particular four o’clock plants are multicoloured, with marbling or other characteristics. This is a plant that spreads very quickly in the garden. The optimum period to plant it is in the springtime.


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Nicotiana alata (flowering tobacco) is a lovely ornamental plant that adds colour and aroma to the garden. Flower stems are adorned with clusters of blossoms, and the plant has soft, sticky leaves. The blooms of most types bloom in the late afternoon to evening hours, filling the air with their intense sweet perfume. They bloom throughout the summer and fall. Flowering tobacco grows swiftly and should be seeded after the last frost in your region in the springtime.

Night-blooming Jasmine

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The night-blooming jasmine, scientifically Cestrum nocturnum, gets its name because its tubular white-yellow blooms bloom at night and close during the day. The flower is a member of the Solanaceae plant family, widely known as the nightshade or potato family. It’s famed for its perfume and arguably the world’s most vigorous fragrant plant. Once the blooms bloom, they exude a lovely aroma that fills the air within 300-500 feet of the plant.

Night Blooming Water Lilies

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Night blooming waterlilies are a great addition to any medium to large pond. They first open at dusk and close about 9:00 am the next morning. They have a large leaf spread, with a very strong serration on the leaf outer edge. The water temperature should be at least 75 degrees F. before they are placed in the pond.

Polianthes Tuberosa

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Tuberose bulbs are popular because of their fragrance and the spectacular blossoms in late summer. Polianthes tuberosa, widely known as the Polyanthus lily, has a rich and alluring aroma, contributing to its widespread appeal. On stems that can exceed 4 feet (1 m.) in height and emerge from grass-like clumps, clusters of substantial white blossoms form.

Mock Orange

Mock orange is scientifically known as Philadelphus coronarius). The plant is a deciduous shrub with thick, rounded growing conditions that drops its foliage in the fall. It has dark green leaves that are round and serrated. It also has spectacular, cup-shaped, four-petaled blooms about 1 to 2 inches wide in late spring and early summer. This shrub is popular among gardeners because of its fragrant blossoms and lovely aroma. Mock orange gets its popular name from the blooms, which are supposed to mimic orange blossoms. They have a lot of nectar, attracting pollinators like butterflies and bees. Mock orange bushes proliferate, reaching a height of around 2 feet yearly. Planting them in the early fall is the best, although they can also be grown in the spring. The famed Lewis and Clark Expedition has eternally inscribed the plant’s historic nostalgia into the history of the American West. During the return part of his voyage across Idaho and Montana in 1806, explorer Meriwether Lewis took samples of the intoxicatingly aromatic shrub. In honour of him, the plants he collected were named Philadelphus less.

Flowers from the Dragon Fruit

The blossoms of the dragon fruit cactus only survive one evening because it is a night-blooming plant. If you want to enjoy the stunning show, go to your garden late at night with a torch or early in the morning. For at least several years, most dragon fruit plants will not flower.

Night Gladiolus

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The night gladiolus, or Gladiolus tristis, is a light yellow or sometimes a stripe patterned dark yellow and green flower that blooms in the evening and has a spicy aroma. The blooms develop in the springtime or early summer months, and the plants grow 3 to 4 feet tall. Whole light and frequent irrigation are required for night gladiolus. Furthermore, because some of these garden plants are toxic, they may not be appropriate for households with pets or small kids.

Nottingham Catchfly

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Silene nutans, popularly referred to as Nottingham Catchfly, is a diploid perennial found in regions of Europe and the northeastern United States. The common nickname stems from the fact that this bloom used to cover the exterior walls of Nottingham Palace in England (think Robin Hood!). But at present, it isn’t available on castle walls. Silene nutans have an unusual flowering habit; the flowers bloom at night, and the floral organs open in succession. It releases one clump of stamens the first night, so pollen may be spread by nighttime pollinators like moths. The second whorl of stamens opens on the second night. Three styles are exposed to gather pollen when the stamens have almost all faded on the third night. This successive blooming pattern is assumed to have evolved to maintain outcrossing within the genus and decrease inbreeding.


The foamflower is a natural wildflower that takes inspiration from the multitudes of foamy white to pinkish blooms that appear in the springtime on long and the thin stems emerging from a dense pile of leaves. The colours are, without a doubt, the most stunning feature of this low-maintenance groundcover. Foamflower is appealing year-round, even after the extended bloom period of 4 to 6 weeks is finished. It has crimson variegations along the veins and dots in the middle of its semi-glossy leaves. The leaves are semi-evergreen in moderate winter climates and become reddish-bronze in the drop.

Japanese Wisteria

The show-stopping wisteria vine is cherished by several gardeners in spring when it is overflowing with bouquets of fragrant blossoms. This perennial is a fast-growing perennial that may quickly get through hand if not carefully controlled.

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