Four O’Clocks have trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom at night. During the day, the blossoms are closed. These low-maintenance perennials are very easy to grow and maintain. Four reasons to grow Four O’Clocks in your garden:
- Four O’Clocks are very easy to grow and require very little maintenance. There is no need to prune or fertilize.
- Four O’Clocks multiply easily, so if you are trying to fill in an empty spot in your garden, they will quickly fill it in. If you want to keep them in one area, pull up volunteers by the roots.
- Four O’Clocks have a strong fragrance so they repel deer and rabbits.
- Four O’Clocks are very durable plants. They are leggy, so if they are knocked over due to strong winds or thunderstorms, they will bounce back within a few days.
For beginner gardeners, Four O’Clocks multiply quickly. If you see self-germinating seedlings, you can pull them up by the root.
We purchased the tubers at a Home and Garden show many years ago. The salesperson called them “Japanese Wildflowers,” so we have always referred to them as Japanese Wildflowers. A couple of years ago, @WDCgardener told us they were Four O’Clocks. It took awhile for us to adjust to the new name, but we finally have!
Four O’Clocks are so full and lush that it looks like you have done lots of work to make your garden so beautiful! The reality is that once you plant to tuber, you don’t need to do much. Just water when they start to droop.
Check your local Home Depot, Lowe’s, online Burpee Gardening or eBay for their selection of Four O’Clocks! For more low maintenance plants, watch our Low Maintenance Gardening playlist! To learn how to plant, fertilize and prune your way to a gorgeous garden, subscribe to our YouTube channel!