Plant Choices for a Scent Filled Garden
When you think of a fragrant garden, if all you envision are roses and herbs, your scent-a-vision is limited. There are many choices for fragrant garden plants that range from small blooming annual flowers to large flowering trees, each with its own unique fragrance, color, size, foliage, and growing condition requirements. To expand your scent-a-vision and design a flower garden in your landscape that will both please the eye with beauty and tickle the nose with fragrance.
These are some of the fragrant garden plants that you may want to consider when making plant choices for a scent filled garden.
Fragrant Annuals, Perennials, and Flower Bulbs
Nasturtium, Sweet Pea, Sweet William, Phlox, Amaryllis, Primrose, Lily of the Valley, Hyacinth, Marigold, and Moonflower.
Butterfly Bush, Lilac, Rhododendron, Jasmine, Mock Orange, and last but not least, fragrant roses. Not all rose bushes produce scented roses, so read the label when purchasing rose bushes for your garden. Some rose bush varieties have been hybridized
for rose bloom quality and plant health instead of for fragrance.
The popular television drama, Desperate Housewives, has also made popular an old-fashioned fragrant vine, Wisteria. On the television show, the ‘Desperate Housewives’ all live on Wisteria Lane, where every front landscape boasts an arbor or front porch dripping with full bloomed, fragrant Wisteria.
Clematis is a fragrant vine, as are Honeysuckle and Passionflower.
Most fruit trees are fragrant when they are in full bloom, but there are other non-fruiting trees that produce fragrance too. The evergreen Magnolia tree that stands so tall and stately in the south produces huge fragrant blooms. The Saucer Magnolia is its smaller, deciduous cousin that produces lovely fragrant flowers before the tree leaves appear each spring. Black Locust and Honey Locust, Golden Chain Tree, and Fringe Tree are fragrant tree choices that will enhance your landscape with beauty and fragrance.
Lavender is always a winner when it comes to growing garden plants for fragrance. Thyme, Chamomile, Fennel, Bee Balm, and Angelica produce scents that will fill the air on a warm summer’s night.
Many plant choices can be found when designing a garden with fragrance in mind. Visiting your local plant nursery or garden supply center will yield more information on fragrant plant choices that will grow well in your own specific area.
Plant the traditional roses and herbs for a scent filled garden, but don’t neglect to try some of the other fragrant flowers, vines, shrubs, and trees for an aesthetically pleasing scent-sational garden.