Epiphyllum, November 2009.Two potted Cereus plants have a bud each now. I believe it takes about two weeks after I spot a bud to see the bloom, which begins to open about 10 pm and is rarely open much past sunup the next day. The fragrance is worth staying up late or getting up early to experience. We have Night Blooming Cereus treats through out the summer and into late fall after the potted plants go inside. Flower Lady has them in her south Florida garden climbing high into a tree.
Popular in the fragrant night garden despite their toxic nature are Daturas. The early white Daturas were blooming in April and repeating bloom new. Brugmansias are only about a foot tall, mostly rooted cuttings kept over the winter. Seedling purple Daturas planted out a few weeks ago are still a ways from bloom.
Devil's Trumpet. Angel's trumpets point downward toward earth.
These are near the side door where the fragrance is easily noticed.
Nicotiana has a fragrance in the evening garden.
The darker shades of nicotiana are delightful in the early
morning garden before the flowers close for the day.
Even closed, the bell-like buds are pretty.
Other vespertine flowers that I grow include certain Crinums which should bloom
soon and species petunias. Hemerocallis citrina which my MIL called 'Lemon Lily' is
just now starting to open a bloom or two.
Species petunias have a sweet fragrance after dark, too.
The fragrance was bred out of many hybrid petunias while
achieving other desirable traits.
What flowers in your garden bloom and/or are fragrant at night?
And another treat for the senses, the sound of 'Vespers':
Flowers and text are from the garden of Nell Jean blogged on Dotty Plants Journal in hot, humid Southwest Georgia.