Nighttime Scented Plants For Your Garden

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What’s better than walking in your garden at night in the company of scented plants?

After all, this is the time to relax in your garden after a hectic day at work.

What can soothe your senses are some plants emanating wonderful scents.

The flowers and plants smell stronger at night and evening time than the morning.

So if you want to relax in your little garden space, think about tapping into your sense of smell and deploy plants with pleasant scents.

So what are these plants that you can introduce to your garden for a more wholesome experience? Let’s find out below!

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Why Do Some Plants Smell Stronger at Night?

Why is nighttime the best time to indulge in the scents of plants and flowers?

The answer lies in pollination.

Night scented plants evolve to attract nocturnal pollinators.

Hence, as the evening sets, the plants start to release their fragrance to attract the likes of moths, flies and bats.

As these flowering plants rely on insects, birds and wind to move pollen, their scent becomes a means to attract pollinators.

Usually, it is also color but night-scented plants are especially paler in color so that they are more visible to the pollinators in the dark environment under the moonlight.

Hence, the plants require night-flying insects, moths and bats to pollinate.

This is when they are ready for pollination and the pollinators are the most attractive.

Usually, some of the intensely fragrant flowers and plants bloom at night.

Thus, these plants and flowers will release their smells at night rather than during the day.

You can plant these fragrant plants in flower beds, porches, outdoor spaces or containers on patios.

Planting here puts these fragrant flowers in close proximity to you.

Hence, giving a sense of peace and releasing the aromas that are harder to get through a room freshener.

Now that you know why some of the plants will release a fragrance in the night, it is time to find out what these plants are.

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Scented Plants to Deploy


Isn’t the name indicative of when this vine blooms?

The botanical name of this is Ipomoea alba (Calonyction aculeatum).

These morning glories are native to subtropical and tropical regions.

Its genus includes ornamental vines one of which is moonflower.

It grows fastly and can provide shade for your patio roof, trellis or gazebo.

It needs full sun for care and a moderate amount of water. Given proper conditions, it can be 20 to 30 feet in a season.

The flowers are like funnels or are trumpet-shaped whereas the leaves are heart-shaped.

The fragrant white flowers bloom in dusk thus, they are visible at night and smell strong enough to attract pollinators.


These plants have glossy bright green leaves and white flowers that are either single or double.

You can plant them in fast-draining soil with other organic amendments such as organic fertilizer to grow well and allow their roots to spread.

These are hardy so can grow in the partial sun from July to September or in full sun.

They can also thrive in sheltered gardens in mild winters.

Plus, gardenias will grow well in containers and raised beds.

Angel’s Trumpet 

These are trumpet-shaped flowers in different colors, yellow, white or pink.

While the angel’s trumpet requires regular watering, it can grow well in both sun and shade gardens.

You can put them in containers to bring indoors when there is frost. Hence, it needs winter protection.

Another color for one variety is orange to soft red. That is unscented.

It is a poisonous plant so you need to handle it with care.

It will naturally become fragrant when the night starts to begin.

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List of Scented Plants

Yellow Evening Primrose 

The botanical name for this is Oenathera biennis

It can grow in dry climates and is drought tolerant.

Given its attractive color and fragrance, it attracts honeybees, moths, bumblebees and hummingbirds.

These help to pollinate the primrose.

Night-scented Phlox 

Night phlox is a compact evergreen.

It has tiny white flowers that remain curled up in the daytime.

However, these little beads open up when it is night.

These bloom into star-shaped flowers.

Though it is not as hardy, will require regular deadheading and is best grown in a container.



No discussion on scented plants can be complete without mentioning jasmine.

This is the most popular plant in this aspect.

It produces white fragrant flowers and most are vine shrubs or climbers if they get good sunlight and soil.

Plus, jasmine shrub will need regular to moderate water supply.

However, not all species of jasmine are fragrant.

Wax Flower/Plant 

The name of this woody vine comes from its waxy leaves and flower clusters.

It is a slow-growing vine that will suit your hanging baskets on porches and patios.

The flowers are of a creamy white color with a pink center.

Night-scented Stock 

The night-scented stock is purple, white or pink in color and blooms at dusk.

It grows annually.

Sow it in July and for late summer blooms.

Casa Blanca Lily 

This lily looks good while planted in a pack of three to five bulbs together in a container.

It has a large white bloom that produces a fragrant smell.

While growing it, the roots should be kept cool.

It needs regular watering but the top should be in filtered light or the sun.

They will also make good cut flowers however, keep them away from pets as they can be toxic to cats.

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Non-Flowering Plant

While scented plants are usually associated with flowers, there are also non-flowering plants and leaves that add to your garden’s night atmosphere.

Black Bamboo 

The botanical name for this is Phyllostachys Nigra.

It is known for its botanical stems that are distinct in a way that they are initially green but soon turn glossy black.

However, the leaves remain bright green.

It is tall and upright so that adds impact plus, if you reveal the canes by removing the lower leaves it adds further impact.

Hence, it adds value when it is lit up at night and can also enhance the boundaries.

Silver Dust 

The botanical name for this is Senecio Cineraria.

As the name suggests, it has delicately cut silvery-white leaves.

Hence, they give a phosphorescent quality to your night garden, adding a visible sparkle to the leaves in the night.

They can grow well in well-drained soil.

So plant them in a patio near you to appreciate them in the dark.

Fatsia Japonica

Want a touch of the wild and jungle in your own garden? This large-leaved evergreen is a good option.

This plant is also known as the castor oil plant.

It mixes well with the bamboos in your garden to give an overall tropical look.

The large shapely leaves of the plant are a good option of adding some personality and dramatic vibes to your garden

It is generally tolerant of shade so it grows well in the courtyard.

The scents in your garden are still mostly composed of flowers.

The others besides the list include:

  • variegated dogwood
  • lime green
  • crown jewel
  • evening primrose
  • flowering tobacco
  • 4’o clock
  • heliotrope
  • hellebore
  • Mexican orange
  • plumeria
  • kahili ginger
  • petunia
  • wisteria
  • honeysuckle
  • pinks (dianthus memories)
  • tuberose
  • Hesperis matronalis
  • Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’
  • perennial white stock

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Landscaping Scented Plants

Now that you know what plants and flowers you can deploy to achieve a stronger scent at night.

However, the placement of the plants is important too.

First, their placement will depend on what conditions they require for growth.

Put them according to soil, light and water needs.

Then assess their scent and whether it is everlasting or not.

If the scent is not that strong you do not want it to be in an area that receives a lot of traffic.

Conversely, plants that are enough fragrant will do well in places that have a lot of visitors and traffic.

This refers to paths, near the windows and a patio sitting area.

These are also the places where you can generally consider deploying the plants.

You can place the plants near an outdoor seating, near a porch or along the path as well as on a patio.

Though, before you set out to plant, research the scents and plants well.

You do not want overpowering scents in one place altogether.

Do not combine the fragrances that are all strong and may compete in an area.

Rather spread them evenly so no scent is concentrated in a single place.

Also, during your research, aim to get a scented garden all year round.

Plant flowers that bloom in different seasons.

This give you the leverage to have a pleasantly fragrant garden all year long.

With the right effort and energy, you can get a beautiful and fragrant garden to be your safe haven.


Having scented plants in your own garden is such bliss.

Work out your garden in a way that the flowers bloom all year long and the place is fragrant for most of the time.

This will not only invite pollinators but also make you happy.



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