Best Plants For An Evening Garden

Many of us have to work during the daylight hours at least five days a week. This means that we do not always get to enjoy our gardens as much as we would like to before evening. In today's busy world, it is important to get a short while to relax outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and nature's beauty. An evening garden, with plants designed to be at their most lovely in the gloaming, is perfect for those whose lives do not often allow them the chance to enjoy their garden at any other time. Here are some plant suggestions to help you plan your own evening garden:

BuddleiaBuddleia 'White Profusion'

While most buddleia that we are familiar with have lilac or purple blooms, this variety's white and fragrant flowers glow beautifully in the twilight and will be perfect for an evening garden that is in a sunny and free-draining location.

Caryopteris x clandonensisCaryopteris x clandonensis

The vivid, blue flowers of this compact, deciduous shrub will glow under moonlight. Another good choice for a sunny, sheltered and well-drained spot, it will not only provide interest for human occupants of the garden but will also be a boon for visiting moths.

HoneysuckleHoneysuckle (Lonicera)

Honeysuckle emits its wonderful aroma come evening and is another moth-friendly choice. The smell is evocative of long, lazy evenings and will be a lovely addition to your evening garden. Honeysuckle will thrive in most moist yet free-draining soils and yet will usually grow best in partial shade.

JasmineJasmine (Jasminum officinale)

The fragrance of jasmine is another delightful addition to your sensory, scented evening garden. White flowered jasmine will gleam in the moonlight and is another good wildlife choice, attracting moths and beneficial night flying insects. A warm, sunny and sheltered spot is ideal for jasmine, though it can cope with a little shade.

Globe ArtichokeGlobe Artichoke

An evening garden can be an edible garden too. One good choice for those who want their gardens to be productive and useful as well as smelling and looking good in the evening is the globe artichoke. These perennials are loved by moths and create a grand and striking sillhouette as light levels begin to fall.

Of course there are many, many more plants that will be perfectly suited to an evening garden. An evening garden can allow you to arrange things so that you get to experience your garden when it is at its very best, even when life is hectic.