Plant a Scent-tastic Garden!


As a new homeowner, I finally have all the space I need to do what I want with my gardening prowess.  One of the many things I have been wanting to do for a long time is plant a ‘scent garden’ near an outdoor sitting area. There is nothing like the onslaught of heavenly aromas one encounters as you make your way down a garden path or sit with a good book while being enveloped in a euphoria of brightly colored flowers emitting nirvanic odors. The cause could be the winds gently nudging the viburnum branches or the oils of a scented geranium leaf being released by the brush of a sleeve.

Instead of enjoying a scented garden a friend’s house or the local botanical gardens, why not specifically plant a scented garden that includes some of your favorites at your house? With a little planning and a few seeds or plants, you too can turn your patio or balcony or bare patch of ground in the corner into a bower surrounded by aromatic plants that will make your gardening experience all the sweeter!

A few tips on designing your scent garden:
1)    Place the garden in an area that either gets frequent foot traffic or is next to a seating area so you and your visitors can enjoy it.
2)    A south-facing garden will not only allow a wider variety of plants, but the sun can release additional scents more so than a shaded area.
3)   Use an assortment of each group of plants below for season-long blooms and scents.

This list is just a bare-bones starter — there are many more plants that can be found regionally with equally wonderful scents. Check your local garden scent to find out what grows in your area.  (Note: some annuals can be perennials in more southern climates and some perennials are annuals in more northern climates.)

Annuals:
Dianthus
Heliotrope (Blue/Purple varieties)
Nicotiana
Petunia
Stock
Sweet alyssum
Tuberose
Perennials:
Agastache
Autumn Snakeroot
Creeping Phlox
Daffodils
Hyacinths
Iris
Lavender
Lily-of-the-Valley
Phlox

Shrubs:
Azaleas
Gardenia
Lilac
Mock orange
Roses
Viburnums
White forsythia

Vines:
Honeysuckle
Jasmine
Moonflower
Sweet Pea

Herbs:
Basil
Mint
Parsley
Rosemary

 

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