Evening-blooming flowers have many novel applications such as moon gardens, a patio plant to enjoy the scent and sight of during the evenings, and window boxes for a late-night show. Flowers that bloom in the evening still need specific daylight sun conditions in order to grow properly; however; check the flower and the cultivar for specific instructions.
The moonflower vine (Ipomoea alba) is from the morning glory family. It is a fragrant, fast- and easy-to-grow vine. This vine has leaves 4 to 8 inches long with night-blooming flowers in white and 5 to 6 inches wide. Grow moonflower vine in a rich, well-drained soil with full sun or partial sun conditions. Keep soil moist for best growth, but it can live through dry spells. Propagate via runners or by seed. This is a great choice for a moon garden.
Pink Evening Primrose
The pink evening primrose perennial (Oenothera speciosa) is from the evening primrose family. It is a drought-tolerant, fragrant plant that attracts hummingbirds. These white flowers will age to be pink. This primrose will grow 8 to 24 inches tall with leaves on the base and flowers 2 inches wide. Night blooming flowers come in the spring. Grow pink evening primrose in full sun and well drained soils; even poor soil is fine. Propagate via seed or by spring clump division.
The four o’clock (Mirabilis jalapa) is a fragrant evergreen that is drought tolerant. It is fast-growing and also easy to grow. It will get 2 to 3 feet tall with 2 to 4 inch leaves. Flowers are fragrant and colored white, yellow, pink, red, or magenta. They are night-blooming flowers starting in the late afternoon/early evening. Grow four o’clock in any soil and full sun, and water regularly. Propagate by division of tubers or by seed in the spring.
Night Blooming Jasmine
The night blooming jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum) is from the nightshade family. It is a fragrant evergreen shrub with vine-like stems. It is easy to grow and will attract butterflies to the area. It will get 4 feet tall and can spread to 12 feet wide. Leaves are 4 to 8 inches long and glossy. Tubular flowers are sweet smelling and will have white berries. Grow this near a patio with light sandy soil and full or filtered sun in the day. Propagate via stem cuttings. This is another great choice for a moon garden.