lot of people don’t realize you can grow plants and flowers that bloom at night. Cultivating a moon garden is a great way to get in touch with nature, and it provides a beautiful and fragrant backdrop for your moonlight rituals in the summer.
If you plant these lovelies close to your house, you can open the windows and take advantage of their aromas as you sleep.
Many night-blooming plants are white, and give a luminous appearance in the moonlight.
If you plant them in a circle or a crescent shape, when they bloom, you’ll have the moon herself right there “as above, so below.” There are a number of plants that open at night — mix them in with silver-foliaged day bloomers.
Night Blooming Plants
Moonflower: Yes, it should be painfully obvious, but the Moonflower really does bloom at night. It releases a slightly lemony scent when it opens up, and during the day the white flowers are tightly shut. Some species of this climbing plant, a cousin of the Morning Glory, can get up to eight feet long*. The flowers, when open, are around 5 – 6″ in diameter.
Evening Primrose: This perennial spreads rapidly, and can cover a lot of ground for you. The pale pinkish-white flowers open at dusk, and release a sweet aroma.
Night Phlox: these pretties open up at dusk, and have a fragrance reminiscent of honey or vanilla.
Evening Stock: the tiny purple and pink flowers aren’t very fancy, but they smell divine when they open at night.
Angel’s Trumpet: Another vine, this annual spreads like crazy. Its trumpet-shaped, white flowers have a bell-like appearance when open.
Night Gladiolus: this plant isn’t actually nocturnal, but that’s when the creamy yellow flowers smell the strongest — it’s a very spicy scent that’s a glorious addition to any night garden.
Dutchman’s Pipe Cactus: Also called the Queen of the Night or Night Blooming Cereus. The white flowers bloom only at night and they wilt before dawn. Flowers are short-lived and last for 2 days.
Four o’ Clock: The peculiar name attributed to this charming flower is due to its opening at late afternoon and closing at morning. The trumpet-shaped flowers come in shades of pink, red, yellow, white and sometimes bi-coloured.
Casablanca Lily: Developed as hybrid of Oriental lilies, the large, scented flower is noteworthy even among lilies that are known for their richness, perfume, and texture.
Night Bloom Water Lily: The crimson red or purple water lily is one of the most magnificently coloured flowers in the world. The large reddish pink flower is present with bronze coloured leaves. It blooms in early summer and opens at dusk like many other night flowers.
Night Blooming Jessamine: It is greenish white coloured flowers on an evergreen woody shrub. The flowers open at night and release a very beautiful odour.
Day Blooming White and Silver Plants
White vegetables such as Alba eggplants or Baby Boo or Lumina pumpkins
Herbs and Flowers with Lunar Connections
What to do With Your Moon Garden Plants
When you have plants that have blossomed under the powerful energy of a full moon, the possibilities are just about endless. Harvest the flowers and dry them to use in talismans or charms. Use them to dress a Moon Candle or as part of a purification bath. Include them in incense blends to help enhance your intuition and wisdom.
*Note: Be sure to provide a trellis or other support for climbers like the Moonflower. If they don’t have a stable surface to hang onto, they’re less likely to fully bloom.