What plants will brighten up my garden at night when we are enjoying the patio?
White blooming plants and foliage will give you lots to enjoy in the moonlight! The small summer blooming tree, angel trumpets – Brugmansia species, bloom with beautiful foot-long trumpet flowers; “Shredded White” is an amazing variety. Blooms are fragrant and pollinated by moths which fly at night. These small trees are semi-tropical, so often die back in the winter, but regrow to about 8-10 feet and look beautiful at the back of a border. Beauty can also be a beast, so keep children and pets away from this toxic plant.
A gorgeous annual vine is the moonflower – Ipomoea alba – where the spiral tubular flowers open with a face about 5 inches across, only at night. These are also very fragrant! They are easy to grow from seeds.
For daytime shady spots, try white blooming varieties of impatiens and pentas. For sunny gardens, pick from these favorites: vinca, zinnias and a real stunner, Angelonia.
The old-fashioned perennial white verbena has an upright, not trailing, growth habit, and blooms frequently. Perennial white coneflowers, Echinacea species, come with hybrid names such as “PowWow,” “Fragrant Angel” and “White Swan.”
For long-lasting, showy white or silver foliage plants, caladiums and Dusty Miller are always popular.
This is another way to enjoy your garden from inside on sultry summer nights.