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Gothic Gardening Witchery

This is a group dedicated to the love of the darkside and gothic gardening or all the witchy goth's out there With a black thumb

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Gothic Gardening Witchery A Garden as Black as Your Cloak!

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Since you gothy types rarely seen the light of day, what good does a garden do you? Well, here is the answer: a garden that consists of night-fragrant or night-blooming plants. Of course, you can't really see that black garden at night. The key color here is white. White glows in moonlight. And there are several varieties of plants that bloom exclusively at night, or whose flowers may be open during the day but don't release their scent until the evening.

Night-Flowering Plants

Evening primrose: "These soft-scented flowers have four satiny heart-shaped petals that come together forming 2-inch open cups with frilly long stamens. When they open in the evening, the blossoms are a soft clear white that gradually fades into pink as the flowers mature. Their luscious scent reminds us of a cross between honeysuckle and lemon custard. The flowers open every evening throughout summer until first frost."

Sweet-scented nicotiana: These nicotianas (yes, that's the tobacco plant) have creamy-white tubular flowers borne in graceful sprays on softly draping branches. The 2- to 3-inch trumpet-shaped blossoms are closed in the daytime, but in the late afternoon and evening they fill the air with a jasmine-like scent.

Moonflowers: These 6-inch trumpet flowers unfurl in slow motion every night just at sunset. Pure white with faint green tracings, the blossoms are very fragrant all evening. By noon, the flowers dwindle and close and are barely seen in the dense foliage.

"Midnight Candy" night phlox: "These tidy upright plants bear umbrella-like clusters of small, delicate phlox-like flowers. The insides of the petals are pure white, and the outsides are a satiny maroon with a hint of white where petals overlap. During the day, the flowers are tightly closed, just showing a hint of color. As dusk comes on, there is a magic moment when they open like a display of little firework stars, releasing a delicious almond/ honey/vanilla-like fragrance that wafts throughout the garden."

Angel's Trumpet: Datura meteloides has 6-inch white trumpet flowers that open at night and remain open well into the following day. This flower is a favorite subject of Georgia O'Keefe. This was also used by California Indians as a narcotic for the youth to seek their visions and be initiated into society. Warning: poisonous. Don't eat it to get a high.

Evening stock: Many-branched 1½-foot plants have grey-green leaves and 1-inch star-shaped flowers of very pale violet. The blooms are closed tightly all day but open at dusk to pour out a fantastic spicy fragrance.

Nottingham catchfly, night-flowering catchfly and white campion: These are all members of the genus Silene, which also has several day-blooming members. These plants have sticky stems, hence the name "catchfly." The odor of the Nottingham catchfly is described as sweet and reminiscent of hyacinths, and its flowers open on three successive nights before withering.

Bouncing Bet (also known as soapwort): With either pink or white blossoms, this plant fills the night with sweet perfume. Also used to make detergent - hence the soapwort moniker.

Four o'Clocks: In late afternoon, Mirabilis jalapa's 2-inch trumpet-shaped flowers unfurl, releasing a rich jasmine-like perfume. These plants, with blooms in pink, rose, white, orange and yellow, are very easy to grow and fast growing. They're also known as "Marvel of Peru."

August lily (fragrant Hosta): The leaves are about six inches long and four inches wide, with eight pairs of impressed veins. The white, waxy, trumpet-shaped flowers appear on 30-inch scapes, and each is five inches long and three inches wide. The scent is of pure honey.

Vesper iris: A native of Mongolia, the sweetly fragrant flowers are a dull greenish white spotted with brownish purple or reddish purple with white splotches. Like many iris blossoms, they become spirally twisted after flowering.

There are also about 50 different cultivars of daylilies that bloom at night. Some of my favorites are called "After the Fall" (tangerine and copper blend with yellow halo), "Jewel of Hearts" (dark red flowers with a red-black center), "Moon Frolic" (near white), "Toltec Sundial" (fragrant sunshine yellow) and "Witches Dance" (dark red with a green throat).

Night-Fragrant Plants

Many plants will have flowers open during the day, but they don't release their scent until evening.

Perfumed fairy lily: Chlidanthus fragrans has a rich lily fragrance at night. Three or four yellow, funnel-shaped flowers are carried on stems up to a foot high.

Night gladiolus: Gladiolus tristus has creamy yellow blossoms that are intensely fragrant at night with a spicy-sweet perfume, and the unusual leaves look like a pinwheel cut in half.

Tuberose: Victorians loved this sweet and heady (almost overpowering) fragrance. The flowers are waxy white and two inches long.

Carolina jessamine (also known as evening trumpet flower): The evergreen leaves surround sweetly fragrant, bell-shaped flowers of bright yellow that are particularly sweet as evening approaches. This grows wild in the South.

Finally, some suggestions for plants that don't necessarily bloom only at night or release fragrance then but which have white blooms to glow in moonlight:

"Purity" cosmos
"Armour White" verbena
"Alba" foxglove
Summer hyacinth
"Bride" impatiens
"Alba" bleeding heart
"Moonraker" Cape fuchsia
"Perry's White" oriental poppy
"White Swan" camellia
White forsythia
"Alba" columbine
"White Lace" Dianthus
And for a note of interest: silver thyme, "Alba" eggplant (egg-shaped fruits of glistening white), "Casper" or "Boo" white pumpkins and Fraxinella (the gas plant: at night, if you hold a match to the plant, either the plant glows with a blue flame - that doesn't harm it - or the flowers burn with an orange flame and release the smell of lemon into the air).

The perfect accessory for any night garden, besides some lovely gargoyles, would be a moondial.

There are many, many more plants that can be included in the night garden. If you want more information, I suggest either The Evening Garden by Peter Loewer, or Evening Gardens by Cathy Barash, both written exclusively about gardening for the evening and night hours

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Comment by Michelle harris on March 7, 2019 at 3:14pm

I know I have been out of the loop for a while once again......birthday included (March 5th). But will make attempts to be social when I can get to a computer sooner. Still love everyone.....

Comment by Michelle harris on January 8, 2019 at 11:43pm

My "postcard" shot from Prescott, AZ. BTW I am back in Gilbert now.

Comment by Mature Witch on November 12, 2011 at 6:27am

OOOh, where can i get Fraxinella?

Comment by Mature Witch on November 11, 2011 at 11:19pm

That brings me to the next question.  Would anyone like to barter seeds?  I have enough moonflower seed pods to barter some.

Comment by Mature Witch on November 11, 2011 at 11:15pm

My moonflowers bloomed only after sundown and shriveled as soon as dawn sun hit them.

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Comment by Mature Witch on November 11, 2011 at 11:09pm

Moonflower foliage wants moderate sunlight, and won't grow well in the shade.  I planted one moonflower on each side of my front door.  In the daytime, the vine spiraled around the bannisters.  At sundown, fragrant white blossoms surrounded my front door.  The moonflower blooms were larger than my hand. 

 Bindweed is a form of morning glory vine, as is Moonflower.  I cut the spiral vines for drying as bindweed.  The flowers had all gone to seed pods (4 to a pod).  I cut all the pods and saved them.  (I wouldn't want Her to think I dis'd her babies..) I have about 15 seed pods.  Interesting, I cut one open, before it dried, and the seeds were luminescent white.  (I think the dried ones they sell are darker.)


Comment by granny bkyrdwtch on January 31, 2010 at 5:11pm
Hello, I love to garden! Ieat what I grow and sell some as well. Iprop my own seeds every year. This year a student didn't put the lid on the seed box and my cat at some of my seeds. I am having a hard time finding Hemlock. If any one has some out there I am willing to trade:) Well let me know.
Comment by Cierras on September 3, 2009 at 9:39pm
Greetings Gothic Gardeners!! Glad to be here, Im not on alot, but i try to get to all my groups as often as time allows,,,, I hope to learn alot here as i am interested in a Poison Garden, and have done research into proper containment and such, plus I love being a bit "dark"! Hope to make some friends and learn ALOT!

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