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AFTER
Dark
By Jan Brick
The Garden
Night Life
T
he daylight hours are dominated
by wildly colorful blossoms,
enjoyed with little reflection, as
if a natural entitlement of our
universe. But as evening approaches, the
night bloomers steal the show, enchanting
us with their luminescent radiance.
Surprisingly, many different plant species
bloom exclusively at night, and fragrance,
not just blooms, make nocturnal plants extra
special—many release their heady perfumes
only in the evening hours or after dark.
White flowers and plants with variegated
foliage glow softly as they reflect the
moonlight. Pollinators and other insects
that work only after twilight are attracted to
these bright blooms with their compelling
aromas. These visitors can consume
hundreds of mosquitoes in an hour’s time,
certainly triggering an additional motivation
to consider adding a few of the “night shift”
plants to your garden.
However, the main objective and function
of a moonlight garden is to reflect the glow
and stillness of the evening and night time;
to create a special setting that offers its best
qualities in darkness. Creating a peaceful
refuge in the twilight, these mysterious and
exotic plants with their captivating scents
bring an ethereal magic to the night garden,
especially pronounced under the reflection
of a full moon.
When selecting these types of vines,
shrubs, or flowering plants, search out
those with expressive or evocative names
and classifications. Listed and described
below are a few that are certainly worthy of
consideration.
With the setting of the sun,
the nocturnal garden awakens
and the night shift takes over.
Home & Garden
queen of the night cactus
JUNE 2017 |
GALVESTON MONTHLY |
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