I have tried growing four o'clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) a number of times over the years and never had any success with them. Consequently I would always jealously admire them when I encountered them growing elsewhere with wild abandon, often in less-than-hospitable locations like tree pits on busy urban side walks - and I have seen them growing in such spots in places as different as the Boston North End, southern Portugal, and Singapore! Well, this year I tried again and finally had more luck:
A beautifully multicolored four o'clock (Mirabilis jalapa)
One plant has been producing beautiful golden yellow flowers wildly flecked with rich raspberry pink, a color combination and pattern that makes me think of a sumptuous brocade or very fancy Japanese paper. A second plant appears to be gearing up to produce deep pink flowers. The only draw-back is that, contrary to their common name, the flowers currently do not open until 7:30 pm or so when dusk is near and close by 8:00 am. Still, they are definitely worth it.