Plants That Shine at Night

photoThe Casa Blanca oriental lily is a quilted, white perfection I wouldn’t want to live without, day or night.

But if the only time you can spend in your garden is during evenings after work, then consider a white garden and be sure to include Casa Blanca lilies—with a chair nearby to enjoy their wonderful perfume.

                                                                               photoAnother wonderfully perfumed late bloomer that is a good choice for a garden viewed mostly in the evenings is this Clethra, or Summersweet as they’re sometimes called.

Clethra have clean, bright green foliage.  The flowers form seed pods that give long-lasting interest to the fall garden.  They love lots of water, but are otherwise quite undemanding.  Mine are in partial shade and still bloom heavily.
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photoAnd don’t forget the lowly coneflower as a candidate for a white garden.  This variety, “White Swan,” has petals that shimmer in low light and also have a light, pleasant vanilla scent.

Sometimes the best time to be in the garden is when it’s too dark to doing anything but enjoy the sweet smells of your success.

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