Night-Time Garden Fragrance Plants

Angel's Trumpets
with a rich, heady fragrance, 
almost intoxicating  
So many of us build gardens for daytime enjoyment, but are not home most of every day to enjoy them. Some of the more creative garden designers have      designed "night" gardens, which can be illuminated or left to natural light to view them. In the course of designing such a garden, night-fragrant plants often enter the palette of plants. In most cases the plants have white flowers, since the pollinators of such plants are attracted to scent, not color, as well as the idea that flower color is rather useless at night.

Angraecum sesquipedale
The Darwin Orchid
a Madagascan, night-fragrant

Tabernaemontana holstii
with a rich, multi-layered fragrance
of gardenia, clove, and jasmine

Brunfelsia lactea
Lady of the Night Flower

Brassavola nodosa
Lady of the Night Orchid
with a rich sweet fragrance
at home growing on  a tree trunk

There are so many great fragrant flowers that the hardest choice is to choose exactly which ones to plant, and to make sure the fragrances don't cancel each other out. I have seen a Night Blooming jasmine planted near an Angel's Trumpet, with unpleasant and bad-smelling results. Certain plants with powerful fragrances should be planted some distance away from a home, where the perfume of the flower can be moderated a bit in the air such as Ylang-Ylang and Night Blooming Jasmine. 

                                                                                                                     As with all plants, a bit of advance research can be helpful before buying and planting a new plant. Local growers can help in choosing a plant for your conditions and landscape. Some species are very fast growing and have brittle wood or branches, some set lots of seed and can become a weed. Choose wisely, and visit other gardens before you plant a night garden. Gardens can be enjoyed both day and night, so be creative and keep an open mind about plants that enrich your garden at night.   

Cestrum nocturnum
The potent and fast-growing
Night Blooming Jasmine

Cananga odorata
The famous Ylang-Ylang Tree
used in Chanel perfume

Craig Morell
Pinecrest Gardens

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