Night Blooming Garden

A night blooming garden on a warm summer evening is an experience for the senses. Flowers that bloom at night tend to me more fragrant than those that bloom in daylight.  In a night blooming garden you can a observe nocturnal pollinators, such as hawk moths, and in parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, rare species of long-nosed bats.  

Although night bloomers can be mixed in with any type of landscaping or garden, they can best be enjoyed near a patio or outside open windows, allowing their scents to waft into your living spaces.  Nocturnal flowers tend to grow in clusters and provide landing platforms for their pollinators.  They are usually white or of pale hue, and have long floral tubes that conceal abundant amounts of nectar.


The following is a list of some night blooming flowers:

Night blooming jimsonweed (Datura stramonium)

Four O’clocks (Mirablilis jalapa)

Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)

Evening Stock (Matthiola longipetala)

Night Gladiolus(Gladiolus Tristis)

Night flowering Catchfly (Silene noctiflora)

Angel’s trumpet (Datura inoxia)

Night phlox (Zaluzianskya capensis)

Nicotiana (Nicotiana sylvestris)

Lady of the Night (Brunfelsia americana)



Saguaro Cacti (Carnegiea)

Organ Pipe Cacti (Stenocereus thurberi)



Night blooming Cereus (Dutchman’s Pipe Cactus, Princess of the Night, Queen of the night, Honolulu Queen, all types of  Cereus) 


Shrubs and Bushes:

Night Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum)

Mock Orange (Philadelphus coronarius)



Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

Moon flowers (Ipomoea alba)


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Photo of Four O’Clocks

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