Garden rooms and outdoor kitchens have increased the amount of time spent in the yard. By the time you get home from work and have time to enjoy the garden, most of the flower blooms are not at their peak. The same scenario may repeat itself if you entertain in the garden at night. Liven up the evening garden with brugmansia, daylilies and ylang-ylang, night blooming yellow plants with highly fragrant, exotic looking flowers.
Brugmansia, commonly known as an angel trumpet, comes in a variety of colors including pink, yellow and white. The large trumpet shaped blooms that open after dark dangle from the branches of this tropical tree. Hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11, the night blooming yellow plants are easy to grow in a container in colder areas. When winter comes, grow it as a houseplant. All parts of this plant are highly toxic, so keep it out of reach of children and pets. Brugmansia is a necessity for the night garden because of its dramatic blooms and highly fragrant, intoxicating scent.
One of the most carefree garden plants is the daylily. It grows in most climate zones and soil types. Once established, daylilies will bloom and multiply on their own. Two of the oldest night blooming daylilies still in cultivation are the citron daylily, botanically known as Hemerocallis citrina, and the lemon lily, botanically known as Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus. These two night blooming yellow plants have a lemon-scented fragrance that will fill the evening air. The pollen from the lemon lily and the citron lily is a popular choice of daylily hybridizers hoping to create a fragrant daylily that would remain open longer than one day. Other daylily varieties with night blooming yellow flowers are Evening Bell, Eenie Weenie, Erin Prairie, Java Sea, Lime Painted Lady and Kazuq.
Cananga odorata, commonly called ylang-ylang, is famous for its flowers used in the perfume Chanel No. 5. Ylang-ylang is a fast-growing evergreen tree hardy in USDA zones 9B to 11. Different varieties of these night blooming yellow plants are available in dwarf varieties that work well as houseplants. Cananga odorata var. Fruticosa will begin blooming when it is 1-½ feet tall. When fully grown this particular variety is 6 feet tall, making it perfect for a small garden or container culture.