Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

In the Garden:
Pacific Northwest
September, 2001
Regional Report

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Blooming non-stop from mid-summer through first frost, this bright white anemone is a perfect choice for an evening garden.

My Twilight Garden

In the softer light of evening, my garden becomes still and serene. I think that's the best time to pull up a comfortable chair and soak in the sensations that twilight brings. As the sun sets, I notice my garden goes through a subtle transformation. Flower colors that assert themselves in sunlight such as vibrant reds, violets and oranges disappear into the dusk. White flowers such as the hybrid anemone 'Honorine Jobert', take on a glow to rival the moon. Some flowers that seem scentless during daylight hours become rich with fragrance as the sun sets, as if they had saved their perfume for the evening.

Planning for the Evening Garden

If work keeps you away from home during the day, evening might be the best time to enjoy your garden. If so, plan a garden area specifically for savoring flowers at twilight. Plants that bloom in colors of white, butter yellow, and the palest of pinks and lavenders stay bright after dusk and are the best choices for your twilight garden. Variegated and silvery-gray foliage also reflect the dwindling light and remain softly luminous long after green leaves have faded to black.

If you prefer to walk rather than sit, gray lamb's ears edging the flower beds or pale stepping stones in the lawn can guide your nighttime strolls. White impatiens planted in pots on a deck or in masses in the front of a border, reflect light from the moon to create beautiful snowy mounds of brightness.

Fragrant Evening Gardens

Scent in the evening somehow carries further than in daytime. I like to line paths with plants such as trumpet lilies, alyssum, and nicotiana. There are several varieties of these plants that bloom only at night. These evening bloomers often have a strong fragrance which attracts night flying moth pollinators.

Other plants have flowers that open during the day but don't release their scent until the evening. To achieve a balance between beauty and fragrance, plant 'French Vanilla' marigolds, 'Crystal White' zinnias,' Armour White' verbena, 'Purity' cosmos and evening primrose (Oenothera casepitosa) in the bed.

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