Why not choose flowers that perform best when you’re actually around to enjoy them? Here are nine knockouts whose most winning features emerge as the sun sets.
This small tree sports large hanging flowers that open for a week at a time with the full moon. Though hardy only to zone 8, Brugmansia ‘Cypress Gardens’ is ideal for containers and can be overwintered inside.
The vine Ipomoea alba grows to 15 feet, unfurling four- to six-inch-wide fragrant white blooms. Buy seedlings, since germinating seed is tricky, and provide ample sun and fertilizer.
A woody vine, Wisteria floribunda is hardy to zone 5. This finicky plant can take several years before the white or lilac clusters emerge, so be sure to buy one that’s already in bloom.
This richly fragrant bulb,Polianthes tuberosa, was a Victorian favorite. Plant in containers or beds, two to three inches deep. Gardeners in zones lower than 8 must dig up the bulbs in the fall.
Zaluzianskya capensisappeared in garden books as early as 1935. With small purple buds that open to white, the plant grows to about a foot, making it ideal for the front of a border.
Of the many species of flowering tobacco, tryNicotiana alata ‘Jasmine’ — with white trumpets that open at dusk — or N. sylvestris, which reaches four to five feet and smells of freesia.
Cestrum nocturnum’s tubular flowers are tiny, but at night their perfume spreads 20 feet. The plant blooms from spring through fall, flourishes in containers, and is hardy to zone 8.
As their name indicates, the pink, red, yellow, or white blossoms of Mirabilis jalapaopen in the late afternoon, releasing a lemony spice scent. They do well in full sun or partial shade.
Often confused with brugmansia, Datura meteloides is lower growing and shrubby with upright flowers that can reach as large as eight inches. The variety ‘Horn of Plenty’ is hardy to zone 6.