Why not garden from the inside out? After all, we spend a lot of time indoors, even in the summer. I love how the evening seems to emerge from our dense oak woods, slowly applying magical hues to the garden.
It can be hard to find, but Senecio 'Angel Wings' is worth the search. I like it planted by itself in a container.
One of my favorite views before nightfall comes from a border outside my sunroom window. I use pale-colored flowers like Digitalis 'Polkadot Pippa', along with plants with variegated leaves, like those on this annual geranium in the silver container.
Another great plant for an evening glow is Hamelia patens 'Lime Sizzler'. Its common name is firebush, but if you ask for it by that name, you will probably get one with green leaves--pretty, but just a bit bland for an evening show.
As my neighbor and I relaxed on her deck as the dusk settled in, I noticed a beautiful container of Coleus, variegated impatiens and bloodleaf.
Lilium (true lilies grown from bulbs) tend to be short-lived in my garden, but the Oriental type, 'Salmon Star' has been thriving in a large container that I put in the garage in winter.
Give a thought or two to your view from indoors. And plan ahead for next season's magical evenings.