Flowers For a Fragrant Garden
Plants that appeal to our sense of smell make a wonderful addition to our gardens. These plants can be sometimes over-looked but we should always include them for their ability to add character to gardens, influence our moods & even bring back old memories.
To get the most out of scented plants we suggest that you choose a spot that gets full sun & also sow these plants in areas where you will pass by such as the end of paths. Sensory gardens can be a great way to add interest & fragrance to your garden & below is a list of the best plants.
Fragrant HerbsHerbs offer some amazing scents & with such a wide range there is no end to the planting opportunities. Some of the best herbs for scent include...
Lavender: English Lavender offers the best scent with Lavandula x intermedia top of the list. Lavender should be grown in full sun in well-draining soil with low fertility.
Rosemary: Rosemary is known to improve memory; this multi-use plant is best in kitchen gardens & raised beds.
Lemon Thyme: Thymus citriodorus is a powerfully fragrant plant & it's scent will really stand out from the crowd. Great in sensory gardens, Thymus citriodorus is an evergreen, mat forming plant that can spread 2ft
Curry Plant: Helichrysum italicum is both popular for it's unusual scent & its silvery foliage. Curry plants can be used in sensory gardens to divide different sections as it's distinct leaf colour will contrast well with Thyme, Sage & Rosemary
Catmint: Nepeta Nervosa has tall spikes of purple / blue flowers from mid-Summer. Nervosa is the most strongly scented & is also very popular with butterflies.
Sage: Salvia officinalis also known as kitchen or culinary sage is the most popular of the sages
Other WinnersMock Orange: For a real smell of Summer, you can’t beat Philadelphus ‘Avalanche’ with its abundance of white flowers.
Night Scented Stock: Often sown from seed, Matthiola longipetala is a great plant for an evening garden. Your garden will come to life as sun sets with the powerful fragrance of night scented stock. Tall annuals will self-seed each year.
Roses: Unfortunately the scent has been bred out of many garden roses these days. But there are still many strongly scented roses that are a must, these include the tea-hybrid Double Delight & Royal Highness.