Night phlox is also known as Midnight Candy, growing it is a great way to add evening fragrance to your night blooming garden. Night phlox are a good companion for other plants growing in the garden.

Night phlox is native to South African and the botanical name is Zaluzianskya capensis. If you already grow a moon garden in your home landscape you can easily include this annual phlox. If you are thinking of starting an evening fragrance garden this night blooming phlox can have its own spot or you can pair it with other fragrant plants. Night phlox bloom in shades of purple, white, and even maroon.

Night blooming phlox offers a honey-almond, vanilla fragrance that combines well with the sweet scents of angel’s trumpets, the rich clove smell of dianthus and the perfume-like jasmine scent of 4 o’clock plants. You can plant the evening fragrance garden near an outdoor seating area to take full advantage of the wonderful fragrance emitted from some night blooming plants. If this area is in the shade, you can grow the night blooming phlox in movable containers, so they may receive adequate sunlight during the day. Summer flowers of night phlox plants can attract birds, bees, and butterflies; they are a good plant to include in a sunny butterfly garden.  


How to Grow Night Phlox in an Evening Garden

Actually the Night blooming phlox can be easily started from seeds. They can be started 3 to 4 weeks before the last projected frost date in your area indoors or they can be planted outside when danger of frost is past. Seeds germinate in seven to fourteen days. The Night phlox plant actually does well in large containers and equally well when planted in the ground. The plant prefers rich, well-draining soil and a sunny location. The Night phlox care includes planting them twelve to eighteen inches apart to allow good air circulation. The Night phlox plant care also includes keeping the soil slightly moist for best performance. Once they are established, the plants will tolerate drought, but the best blooms of night phlox plants come from regular watering of the plant. Now that you’ve actually learned the positive traits of the night blooming phlox you can try growing some soon in an area where you can enjoy the fragrance. 

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