13 best flowers that bloom at night

13 best flowers that bloom at night

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White house lily

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With its intense fragrance, large, beautiful flowers that grow on three- to four-foot stems, and its brilliant white color in the moonlight, it will definitely want to be close by when it opens each night. Perennial bulbs will flower from mid to late summer and thrive in cool areas. These lilies prefer full sun but also grow in part sun to part shade. They also thrive in moist soil that does not dry out and in hardiness zones 4 through 9. Note: All lilies are toxic to cats and dogs.

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Evening primrose

The best flowers that bloom at night
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Our favorite thing about these flowers is that the flowers bloom quickly in the evening so you can sit outside and watch them come to life right before your eyes. Then, they'll stay open until around noon the next day. It is a biennial plant that will fill your garden with its beautiful lemon-scented yellow flowers from late spring to late summer. In addition, it attracts a lot of pollinators such as bees and butterflies as well as nocturnal pollinators such as moths and bats. Evening primrose benefits from plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil in hardiness zones 4 through 9.

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Tuberose

The best flowers that bloom at night
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Tuberose is often used in perfumes, making it the perfect choice for those of you who want night-blooming flowers to have a strong, alluring scent. The long clusters of white flowers on this perennial will open at night and sparkle under the moon in mid-to-late summer. They can grow two to three feet tall and each stem can hold a dozen or more flowers. Keep in mind that this one prefers warmer climates and an area with full sun. Note that tuberose is winter hardy to USDA zone 7 with protection.

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moon flower

Flowers that bloom at night like the moonflower
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Naturally, you'll want to include this tropical climbing vine, which is part of the morning glory family. It has large white flowers that bloom at sunset. They will need a trellis to climb, and if you don't want them to grow freely again in your garden, cut off the flower heads after they bloom. In hot climates, this vine is perennial and may be considered invasive, so it should only be grown in containers. Moonflower needs full sun and is winter hardy in USDA zones 10 through 12.

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Impatience

Flowers that bloom at night such as white impatiens
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If you have a shady backyard, white sedge is an inexpensive, low-maintenance annual that provides non-stop blooms from spring to frost. Their gentle white “glow” is soothing and attractive when planted in large drifts around seating areas. Impatiens mostly needs shade but will tolerate some moderate morning sun. Some ornamental plants tolerate full sun, but read the label to be sure what you're buying. This low-maintenance nightflower is suitable for zones 10 and 11, where it can be grown as a perennial.

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Sweet alyssum

Flowers that bloom at night like sweet alyssum
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Sweet alyssum has small, delicate flowers and looks great when hanging from window boxes, pots and stone walls. Its small white flowers bloom profusely all summer long until it freezes, and this annual has a sweet, pleasant honey scent when planted near seating areas. Sweet alyssum needs full sun and moist but well-drained soil. This flower is hardy in USDA zones 5 through 9 as an annual and can be a perennial in zones 9 through 11.

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Lamb's ear

Flowers that bloom at night like lamb's ear
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These old-fashioned perennials have tangible, fuzzy, silvery leaves that resemble a sheep's ear. It also has spikes of midsummer flowers that pollinators love. Lamb's ear thrives in well-drained, slightly acidic soil and needs full sun but tolerates some shade. This soft-touch plant thrives in hardiness zones 4 through 9, demonstrating its ability to tolerate a wide range of temperatures.

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8

Heuchera

Flowers that bloom at night, such as heuchera
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These perennials, also called coral bells, are a great plant for any style of garden. Although heuchera comes in all colors of the rainbow, silver-leaved varieties are iridescent in the evening light and are deer and rabbit-resistant. Plant in groups of three or more for best results. Heuchera thrives in full sun and well-drained soil and is hardy in USDA zones 4 through 9.

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Shasta Daisy

Flowers that bloom at night like the Shasta daisy
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These sunny-faced flowers are a cheerful addition to your garden in mid- to late summer. Many new or cultivated cultivars are available, including those with ruffled or fringed petals. Plant these perennials in groups in full sun for best effect, although they can adapt well to areas with partial sun and shade. Shasta daisies are sensitive to moist soil and prefer well-drained soil. It can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9.

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Angelonia

Flowers that bloom at night such as angelonia
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This annual plant, often called summer snapdragon, blooms all summer until frost. It comes in many colors, but the spiky white flowers provide vertical interest to mixed containers or serve as a focal point when planted in drifts. Angelonia needs full sun and moist soil. Summer snapdragon is grown as a perennial in USDA cold hardiness zones 9 through 11 annually in cool climates.

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Petunia

Flowers that bloom at night, such as petunias
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Good, old-fashioned, white-hued petunias are a reliable choice for all-season color and subtle scent in your lunar garden. Look for newer hybrids that don't require deadheading but continue to bloom. Petunias need full sun, are hardy perennials in zones 9 to 11, and are usually grown as annuals in all zones.

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Dead nettle

Flowers that bloom at night like dead nettles
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Although these perennials have a somewhat unattractive name, their silvery leaves make an attractive ground cover. Pink, white, or purple flowers appear in late spring. Dead nettle, also known as lamium, prefers shade but will tolerate some sun, as well as well-drained, acidic, clay soil. These hardy perennials grow in zones 4 to 10. After the first bloom, prune the plant back to promote a cover of fresh foliage.

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Night blooming jasmine

Flowers that bloom at night like jasmine
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This shrubby vine has the most gorgeous flowers that bloom at night with a strong fragrance. It is considered invasive in some parts of the country, so keep it in a large container and give it a trellis to climb. It is perennial in hot climates but can overwinter indoors in cooler areas. Jasmine needs full sun and well-drained soil and thrives in USDA zones 8 through 11.

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