The Q&A Archives: Night Plants

Question: Can you please provide list of nocturnal plants for a patio area? I am looking for flowers or shrubs that offer nighttime fragrance.

Answer: Here are some suggestions to consider:

Night Blooming Cereus or Nocturnal Cactus (Hylocereus undatus) - Broad leaves, succulent cactus. This cactus climbs on masonry walls or palm trunks. Spectacular, foot-wide blossoms open at night.

Night Blooming Jessamine (Cestrum nocturnum) - Shrub with arching spreading branches. Small greenish white to cream colored flowers. Plant in full sun to part shade in well drained soil.

Butterfly Ginger (Hedychium coronarium)- Perennial blooming in late summer to fall. Blooms in day and evening. Plant in semi-shady location (morning sun or dappled shade) and soil amended with lots of organic matter. Blooms make great cut flowers to fill your home with scent.

Gardenia (G. jasminoides) - Shrub that blooms in day and night. A dwarf form is available that is suitable to a large container. Gardenia, butterfly ginger and many other day bloomers will also bloom at night, and offer an nice fragrance as well.

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